Drift Stars To Compete For The First Time
By Kyle Lindsay
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:50
Following the huge response to the drift stars and their cars at last year’s Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, more of these lively, smoky and smelly drifters will be returning to Goodwood from June 29th – July 2nd to thrill and delight the crowds once again, this time with a new twist.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons of the sell-out Festival our visiting drift legends will be judged by a combination of public voting and a speed trap on the first corner of Goodwood Hillclimb. From the start line cars will be expected to be travelling sideways by the time they reach the first initiation point, reaching maximum drifting speed through the speed trap and maintaining the drift until the finish line, no doubt with great plumes of tyre smoke.
Of the varied drifting machines to slide up famous Festival of Speed Hillclimb sideways to compete for the title of Goodwood Festival of Speed Drift Champion will be Vaughn Gittin Junior (JR), back by popular demand in his Ford Mustang RTR. The 2010 Formula D Champion will be coming with Monster Energy.
‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett will be making his fourth appearance at the Festival in his rotary-engined Mazda MX-5 Miata, codenamed RADBUL, burning rubber along with Dean Kearney, 2009 Prodrift European Series Champion in his Dodge Viper and James Deane, Drift Allstars European Champion in 2014, 2015 and 2016, driving his Nissan Silvia.
Saturday and weekend tickets to the Festival of Speed are now sold-out, with Sunday tickets limited and Thursday and Friday tickets selling fast. Hospitality packages are available throughout the weekend.