Lewis Hamilton will drive both his 2008 championship car and racer Ayron Senna's championship vehicle during the 2009 Festival of Speed. He might drive you around the track in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, if you're lucky.
Attendees of the 2009 Festival of Speed will be treated to a rare sight. F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton will test drive the 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4/4 turbo race car during an exhibition speed hillclimb during the event.
Hamilton is said to have jumped at the opportunity to pilot the '88 World Championship car. The car was piloted to the F1 crown by Brazilian racing legend, Ayrton Senna, one of Hamilton's heroes.
Not content to just drive a classic, Hamilton will also show off his 2008 championship-winning Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23 during the FoS. The racecar driver has also agreed to personally chauffeur one random festival attendee in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Hamilton will give the lucky winner a jolt of adrenaline on 5 July by taking him or her around the 1.16 mile hillclimb track at speed.
The same car will be driven the two other days of the event by Pedro de la Rosa, 10-year veteran test driver now at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1. Any ticket buyer is eligible for the contest, as long as they are over 18 years old. Random winners will be drawn by FoS founder Lord March himself.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been held annually since 1993. Created by the Earl of March and Kinrara, Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the event began as a way of reconnecting the Goodwood Circuit with its British racing roots. This year's festival will take place from 3-5 July.