Honda hail Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 a roaring success

Welcoming thousands of visitors to its interactive stand and innovative showcase of cars, motorcycles, and racing machinery, Honda have declared the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed a huge success.

Attracting huge numbers to the Honda stage, visitors got to see on the centre stage the pre-launch concept versions of the NSX supercar and the much anticipated Honda Civic Type R – we can expect to see final production versions of both expected to be available in 2015.

With an interactive Honda mini race track, hundreds of visitors competed head-to-head using remote-controlled versions of the NSX and Honda Civic Type R Concepts, with the fastest lap coming in at 16.27 seconds, achieved by Brazilian racing legend Bruno Senna.

Over 1,000 visitors participated in a series of 20-minute taster sessions around an exhilarating and challenging off road motorcycle trail course, all under the expert guidance of three times World Motocross Champion, Dave Thorpe, and multiple British Motocross Champion, Stephen Sword. This raised £3,180 for the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s official Beneficiary, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice.

At the Honda stand, complimenting the cars on display were a selection of classic Honda racing cars shipped in from the Honda Collection Hall in Japan, which took to the famous Goodwood Hillclimb. The collection of classics included Senna’s McLaren Honda MP4/4 and the 1965 RA272 F1 racer.

A step away from the traditional motorshow

Honda delivered a multi-location showcase at this year’s Festival of Speed, spanning 18,000sq metres of the Goodwood estate, with a focus on creating fun and interactive content that would excite and entertain visitors.

Philip Crossman, Managing Director, Honda (UK), commented:

“We wanted to step away from the traditional motorshow stand display and do something different that visitors could engage with. The Honda race track and motocross experience delivered perfectly on that objective.

We have a very exciting future with some iconic models being launched next year and our aim was to continue building that anticipation and really shout ‘Honda is Back’, which we certainly achieved.”

“Goodwood Festival of Speed is a fantastic event – not just displaying our cars but also celebrating our motorcycle range and offering people the opportunity to give two wheels a go; I’m delighted that over 1,000 took part.

Our rich racing history is very important to Honda, particularly with our return to Formula 1 next year, and being able to bring over some very special machinery from Japan and showcase them on the famous Hillclimb is a real highlight of mine.”