By Alex Easthope
Goodwood will celebrate two landmark sports car racing anniversaries this year with dedicated classes at the Festival of Speed.
Forty years ago, sports car racing was at a pivotal point, with global competition fierce between many iconic manufacturers
In America, Can-Am was at its peak, with an intense battle for supremacy between McLaren, Porsche, Shadow and Lola.
Back in Europe, regulatory changes meant Alfa Romeo and Matra were able to compete with Ferrari for outright honours.
Despite their similar appearance, these cars not only highlighted the fundamental differences in design philosophies, but between European and American racing – technical sophistication, versus raw power.
A decade later, in 1982, the Group C era began, and went on to become one of the most loved, and competitive in sports car racing history.
An abundance of factory teams came forward including Porsche, Jaguar, Toyota, Mercedes, Peugeot and Lancia.
Together, these marques produced some of the most legendary racing cars, and created racing so intense, it has never been matched since.
Full details of the sports car racers and driver line-up due to appear at Goodwood will be revealed over the coming months.
Tickets and further information for the 2012 Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival can be found on the Goodwood website, www.goodwood.com/motor sport.