James Hunt: A Celebration

Festival of Speed | Press Article 17/04/24

 It is 40 years since James Hunt beat Niki Lauda to the 1976 World Championship title in Japan, winning by one point and settling one of the fiercest duels in Formula 1 history.

This year the Festival of Speed will be celebrating Hunt, a motoring legend, full of charm, determination and desire to win, once described by Lauda as ‘the most charismatic personality there has ever been in Formula 1, and the embodiment of the 2016 theme, “Full Throttle: The Endless Pursuit of Power”.

Examples of every significant car Hunt raced during his career will be here on the hallowed ground of Goodwood House, including the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf cars he raced in Formula 1, plus touring, sports and junior formulae cars, and even his beloved A35 road car!

James’ sons Tom and Freddie, along with his family, friends, fellow drivers, team members and mechanics, will be here to join in celebrating a true motorsport hero.

The James Hunt tribute will be presented in association with the Festival’s Official Timing Partner, TAG Heuer, who will exclusively launch two special James Hunt anniversary, Formula 1 limited edition watches, created in collaboration with the James Hunt Estate and on-sale at the Festival of Speed.


Editors Notes

The Festival of Speed will take place from 23-26 June 2016.

Tickets and hospitality packages for both events are on sale with Saturday and Weekend tickets already in limited numbers. More information is available via or via phone 01243 755055.

Tickets are priced as follows;

Entry adult (entry for young people 13-21 years):

-          Weekend £147 (£73.50)

-          Thursday – Moving Motor Show £32 (£16)

-          Friday £55 (£27.50)

-          Saturday £65 (£32.50)

-          Sunday £65 (£32.50)

Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motorsport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport as well as international celebrities regularly attending. Highlights of the 2015 event, which took place on June 25-28, included the Moving Motor Show presented by the AA in association with The Telegraph, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock presented by Sky Sports F1, Drivers’ Club presented by TAG Heuer, GAS Arena powered by TomTom Bandit, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.

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