Forget your Glastonbury and Reading, for us the Goodwood Festival of Speed is always one of the highlights of the British summer festival calendar. But if you couldn’t make the event this year, don’t worry. As part of their ‘Car Connections’ series, Michelin invited Paul Wallace from ‘Supercars Of London’ and Sam from ‘Seen Through Glass’ down to the festival to talk to some legends of motorsport.
Having been running since 1993 on the same stretch of the March family’s driveway, the Festival of Speed offers motorsport offers petrolheads from around the world an unrivalled opportunity to get close to the action, and to meet great champions who gather at Goodwood each summer. For 2017, Michelin invited Paul Wallace from ‘Supercars Of London and Sam from ‘Seen Through Glass’ down to meet some of their biggest motorsport heroes.
First up was Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen. The Danish driver holds the record for the most wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with nine, six of which were consecutive. He gave the guys insight into the optimum driver size and told them why they should never clean a Le Mans-winning car.
Next to meet the guys was Mikko Hirvonen, a Finnish rally legend who drove in the World Rally Championship. Having travelled the world racing, Hirvonen finished third in the drivers’ championship and helped Ford to the manufacturers’ title in both 2006 and 2007. He even took Sam for a spin following a ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ contest.
Last up was the legendary Freddie Spencer. Nicknamed ‘Fast Freddie’, the American former world champion motorcyclist is regarded as one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the early 1980s. Freddie took the time to sit down and describe why he has unrivalled passion for the humble motorbike.
Head over to the Michelin Car Connections Website for more information on the series, and over to the Goodwood Website if you want to learn more about the Festival of Speed. Check out the video below to see how Paul and Sam got on.