IRDC at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

This year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates its 20th anniversary and whilst off-duty grand prix heroes' wow fans on the Goodwood hill climb, the forest alongside will again echo with the sound of historic and modern rally cars driven in anger as the Festival showcases the best of loose-surface driving on its exciting Forest Rally Stage. Once again the IRDC is delighted to assist rally stage director Rick Smith, facilitating Goodwood's VIP guest rides in the rally cars.

During breaks in the stage action, UK rally 'treasure' Tony Mason; international co-driver, pundit, commentator and raconteur, will attend the IRDC's gazebo 1:00pm - 2:00pm Friday to Sunday to sign his new book 'Mason's Motoring Mayhem'. Conspicuously placed in the rally paddock, the IRDC gazebo provides a little peace and tranquillity for tired members visiting the festival and all are welcome to visit.

International Rally Driver's Club chairman Shaun Martin; who will spend the weekend wearing a radio headset and directing the operation said, "It's a privilege for the IRDC to be offered the opportunity to provide support and assistance to the Goodwood rally stage organising team in the running of this very popular part of the festival. Many of the drivers taking part are members of the IRDC and we always enjoy meeting the many guests of Lord Marches' who will be taken around the rally stage in a variety of modern and historic rally cars ."

Throughout the three days of the Festival over 50 cars are expected to tackle the demanding rally stage at the top of the Goodwood estate. These cars range from early Sixties favourites like the Saab 96 and Mini Cooper S, to the ubiquitous Ford Escort and iconic Lancia Stratos. Inevitably, there will also be examples of the awesome fire-breathing Group B era such as the Audi Quattro S1, Metro 6R4 and Ford RS 200, rubbing shoulders with the high-tech WRC machines of today.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed starts on Thursday 11th July with the 'Moving Motor Show' and the Festival runs Friday 12th - Sunday 14th

9th July, 2013