RAF Marham Lightning Rally Team swap horse-power for people power

Festival of Speed | Press Article 17/04/24

The RAF Marham Lightning Rally Team will be taking on an endurance challenge when they attend this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard in aid of the event charity Race Against Dementia. During their down time they will swap out the ‘horsepower’ of their Subaru Impreza and replace it with their own ‘people-power’ as they pull the car 29 kilometres to celebrate the 29th year of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The pull will take place around the Goodwood Motor Circuit finishing on the Goodwood hillclimb to complete the challenge mileage.

The RAF Marham Lightning Rally Team is made up of military personnel from RAF Marham, HMNB Portsmouth, RAF Boulmer and RAF Wittering. The personnel bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team from their day jobs as engineers, logisticians and administrators. The team are also support by family and friends providing crucial medical cover and most importantly encouragement.

Team Manager, Flight Sergeant Daykin, came up with the idea of the challenge to celebrate 29 years of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and to support the events charity, Race Against Dementia. Flt Sgt Daykin said “The team wanted to raise money for the charity as some family members have been affected by Dementia. We wanted to do something that has never been done before which is pulling a car up the hillclimb. The rest of the challenge was built around that”

The team have been training hard since November last year, with training sessions taking place around their busy work schedules. Flt Sgt Daykin said, “I think we’re just about ready for the challenge, we have had some good, and bad, training sessions but the whole team is so motivated to complete this so I think that their grit and determination will see them through”

The challenge will start at 1900 hrs on Wednesday 22 of June and will run through the night, finishing at the Hill climb on Thursday 23 June at approximately 0800hrs on the first day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Please come along to cheer the team on. Donations to the Race Against Dementia charity can be made at


Notes to Editors:

Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 June 2022.

Tickets for the Thursday of the Festival of Speed are still available and start from £47. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Ticket Office on +44 (0)1243 755055.

About the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard
First staged in 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard 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 along with legendary figures from the automotive world. Highlights include Future Lab, Electric Avenue, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock, Drivers’ Club, GAS Arena, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.