For the first time in 14 years, the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed will not clash with any major motorcycle races, which means one of the best turnouts from the biking world that the event has ever seen. BMW Motorrad UK will once again play a part in the annual celebration, which takes place on 7,8 and 9 July at Goodwood House near Chichester, East Sussex.
The main attraction at the Festival of Speed is the hillclimb event, which is held throughout the weekend on a 1.16-mile course on parkland roads in the grounds of Goodwood House. Traditionally, star riders (and drivers) on historical bikes (and cars) race along a tree-lined avenue, before climbing a steep and narrow estate road to the top of the hill overlooking the South Downs.
The motorcycle category caters for some of the world's most famous competition bikes. BMW Motorrad UK will be represented in this category by Irish ex-MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams and 2006 Race to Dakar team member and Long Way Round star, Charley Boorman.
Jeremy will be climbing the hill on a 175 hp BMW K1200 R PowerCup bike, of the type which provided very close and exciting racing during the 2005 BMW Motorrad PowerCup series. Charley will ride his BMW F650 GS Dakar rally bike on which he competed in the 2006 Euromilhões Lisbon to Dakar rally as one of three riders in the Race to Dakar team.
Also being demonstrated in the hillclimb will be two bikes from BMW Mobile Tradition in Munich. From this historic collection, BMW will present the R 90 S boxer-twin Superbike on which Steve McLaughlin won the first ever superbike race held in Daytona, USA in 1976. Alongside this rare piece of motorsport history will be a 2006 replica of a 1929 BMW WR 750 supercharged works racer. This model took the World Speed Record in 1929 with a top speed of 216.75 km/h (134.6 mph).
A second F650 GS Dakar bike, ridden in the 2006 rally by Charley's team-mate Matt Hall, will be on display in the BMW Pavilion at the Festival. This will give visitors the chance to get a close look at the special modifications necessary for competing in the gruelling Dakar rally. Continuing with the theme of go-anywhere, all-round bikes, BMW Motorrad will also display the new-generation R1200 GS Adventure. This is the definitive bike for serious long-distance on and off-road riding and the perfect bike for anyone who wants to follow in Charley Boorman's footsteps.
Outside the Pavilion, BMW Motorrad will present two models from its impressive range of sports bikes. The K1200 R with its 163 hp engine is the world's most powerful naked production motorcycle and is one of the 'new generation' machines from BMW Motorrad. The second model on display will be the brand new F800 S sports middleweight, with BMW's first-ever parallel-twin engine. This is a seriously fun bike for anyone, from entry-level riders to experienced sports bike enthusiasts.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a celebration of the history of motorsport and will include a vast array of displays, events and attractions. Entry into the event is by advance ticket only. For more information visit www.goodwood.co.uk or call 01243 755055.
For more information on BMW's involvement in the Goodwood Festival of Speed or on BMW's 2006 range of motorcycles, enthusiasts should call 0800 777 155 or visit www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk.