In just three weeks time the peace and tranquillity of Goodwood Park will be shattered by a gaggle of American racers and Pikes Peak specials as the 2012 Festival of Speed (28 June - 01 July) gets underway.
A class of class acts from the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb - based in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado - will descend on Goodwood. These will include previous Festival hillclimb fastest man Rod Millen in his savage 900 bhp Toyota Tacoma Pikes Peak special, as well as the fearsome Peugeot 405 T16 GR which trounced the American hillclimb in 1988. A 1979 AMC Spirit Pikes Peak racer will be a rare sight in the UK, as will the Donner-Chevrolet DD3.
The undoubted star of the Pikes Peak class, though, is set to be the multiple record-holding Kenworth T2000 truck, making its Festival of Speed debut, and being driven by truck-racing legend Bruce Canepa. He will be driving this thundering 5.2 Tonne, 16-litre, 1,500 bhp monster hard as it unleashes its 4000ft/lbs torque; so Goodwood spectators can expect plenty of smoke-belching madness and monstrous burnouts!
Other forms of American motor sport will also be represented at the Festival, with a diverse range of competition machinery due to tackle the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb. These fearsome vehicles will include the 1962 Thompson-Buick Special and 1969 Eagle-Offenhauser representing the Indy 500, plus the raucous McLaren-Chevrolet M6B ‘McLeagle’, Ty Dillon’s 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, and wild man Jesse James doing demented things in his latest Trophy Truck.
One of the most unusual American cars to ever run at the Le Mans 24 hours will also thunder up the Hill at this year’s Festival of Speed. The 1000 bhp, ‘Spirit of Le Mans ‘76 Greenwood Corvette will be making its return to European shores for the first time since it contested the classic 24hr race in the summer of 1976. Expect its fuel-injected big-block V8 to literally make Goodwood shake!