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Honda Countdown to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Honda Countdown to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

24 June 2014


  • Honda winners to tackle Hillclimb on-board iconic machines including Honda’s first GP winner
  • Special guest Bruno Senna to get behind the wheel of the highly acclaimed McLaren MP4/4
  • UK debut of Civic Type R and NSX Concept models ahead of launch in 2015


Castrol Honda WTCC Driver, Gariele Tarquini, with the Honda RA272, Honda's 1st F1 Winning Car


With just days to go until the 21st Goodwood Festival of Speed, a group of Honda winners past and present are looking forward to taking on the famous Hillclimb on-board some very special machines.


First out of the paddock on Friday morning will be touring car stalwart Gabriele Tarquini behind the wheel of the RA272; the iconic car in which Richie Ginther scooped Honda’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix victory in Mexico in 1965. With 19 WTCC wins under his belt, Gabriele is currently driving for the 2013 Championship-winning Castrol Honda WTCC team.


Saturday afternoon will see a special appearance from Bruno Senna in the car that powered his uncle to a championship-winning eight GP victories in the 1988 season. The McLaren Honda MP4/4 is one of the most successful F1 cars ever built; winning 15 of the 16 Grand Prix in 1988.


Completing Honda’s winning line-up in the paddock at Goodwood will be Japanese racer, Takuya Izawa. Experienced across F3, Super GP and Super Formula, Takuya is currently driving in GP2 for France-based ART Grand Prix. Takuya’s fast progression through the ranks is in no small part thanks to the support of the Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP), a joint initiative between Honda and McLaren Racing aiming to nurture highly talented young racers. Takuya will negotiate the Hillclimb in the McLaren Honda MP4/4.


If that’s not enough to inspire and excite festival-goers, the four day celebration of the finest in motorsport will also see plenty of other Honda action away from the track. The Civic Type R and NSX Concept models will take centre stage on the Honda stand, ahead of the launch of the production models in 2015.


The Honda RA272, which drove to Honda's first F1 GP Victory in Mexico in 1965


The McLaren Honda MP4/4, one of the most successful F1 cars of all time, winning 15 of the 16 Grand Prix in 1988

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