U.K.March 17, 2005
Goodwood Announces Honda Celebration at The 2005 Festival of Speed

The 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place on 24 - 26. June this year, was launched in Goodwood Park yesterday in brilliant sunshine, with many well-known drivers taking to the hill during the morning. The Earl of March introduced Honda as the major sponsor and this year’s theme of ‘Racing Colours – National Pride and Culture’, which celebrates the essence of what makes the cars and motorcycles of different countries so typical of their makers' cultures, passions and skills.

Set to make his Festival debut is four-time World Champion Alain Prost. Other star drivers already signed up for the weekend are René Arnoux, Sir Stirling Moss, Jenson Button and Hannu Mikkola.

Each year a magnificent automotive sculpture in front of Goodwood House represents an important motoring milestone. In 2005, Honda celebrates ‘40 Years of Grand Prix Success’, with a stunning collection of Honda cars and motorcycles around the display. Four machines were at Goodwood yesterday to represent this milestone – the 1965 Honda RA272 that won the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix, the 1987 Williams-Honda FW11B in which Nelson Piquet won Honda’s first World Championship, the 2005 BAR-Honda 007, and a Honda RC166 motorcycle like that on which Mike Hailwood was unbeatable in 1966. Lord March was photographed alongside a beautifully dressed Geisha Girl during a photocall outside Goodwood House.

With six Formula One teams set to be here in June, Goodwood will throng to the sound of the McLaren-Mercedes, Williams-BMW, BAR-Honda, Toyota, Renault and World Championship-winning Ferrari in action on the hill, along with many other types of fabulous machinery.

Running Vehicles Driver (Saturday) Driver (Sunday)
RA272 Jeff Bucknum Jeff Bucknum
RA300 John Surtees John Surtees
Brabham BT18 Stuart Graham Stuart Graham
McLaren MP4/4 Derek Bell Derek Bell
Williams FW11 Nelson Piquet Jnr Nelson Piquet Jnr
BAR007 F1 Takuma Sato Jenson Button
NSX Supercar Derek Bell Gil de Ferran
BTCC Honda Civic Tom Chilton Tom Chilton
Running Motorbikes Rider (Saturday) Rider (Sunday)
RC116 Ralph Bryans Ralph Bryans
RC149 Luigi Taveri Luigi Taveri
RC166 Stuart Graham/Jim Redman Stuart Graham/Jim Redman
RC181 Tommy Robb/David Hailwood Tommy Robb/David Hailwood
RC173 Bob Heath Bob Heath
NSR500 (85) Freddie Spencer Freddie Spencer
NSR500 (88) Jim Redman Jim Redman
NSR500 (95) Mick Doohan Mick Doohan
RC211V (02) Roger Burnet Nicky Hayden
XR650 (04) Mick Extance  
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