Conor Falvey is off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Conor Falvey is off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

One of the world’s biggest celebrations of the history of motorsport takes place in England this weekend.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place on the grounds of Goodwood House in Sussex.

The four-day event, which gets underway on Thursday, celebrates all forms of motorsport, from Formula One Grand Prix World Champions to Isle of Man TT motorcycle heroes.

Rallying plays a huge part in the festival too. There is a specially constructed rally stage at the top of the famous Hillclimb in the house’s extensive gardens.

The great and the good of rallying (notwithstanding the clashing WRC Safari Rally) will be there.

But this is no ordinary festival, participation is by invite-only, and cars that trace the history of the sport are driven in anger, either up the hill, on the rally stage or both over the four days.

One local driver has received a coveted invite.

Conor Falvey will bring his Bernard Beguin 1978 Rallye Monte Carlo liveried Porsche 911 3.0 RS to Sussex this weekend.

It is not his first visit there. Between 2008 and 2010 he drove his ex-Bily Coleman‘ Thomas Motors’ Ford Escort Mk1 there.

He was invited to bring the Porsche in 2020 but Covid cancelled the event, and plans to go last year fell through because of various travel restrictions.

No such problems this year.

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