Foggy back at Goodwood Festival of Speed after 8 years
12 May, 2016
The motorcyclist who is the nearest thing to superbike royalty is making a regal return to next month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“King” Carl Fogarty’s appeal spans the generations.
He built up his fan base having forged a reputation as the most decorated World Superbike performer in history.
But “Foggy” has forged a new following after winning the 2014 series of reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Blackburn biker’s Goodwood outing comes eight years after his last appearance there.
Foggy at Goodwood
This year Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from June 23 to 26, will focus on Triumph’s illustrious heritage.
Fogarty will be piloting the following four Triumphs over the weekend:
• Triumph Bonneville: This propelled Malcolm Uphill to success in the ultra-competitive Production TT race. The National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) is supplying this machine
• Triumph Trident: Landed its rider a 750cc production TT title. The NMM is also lending out this one. Did you know that you are entitled to special Footman James rates if you become a friend of the National Motorcycle Museum?
• Speed Triple: This slippery customer is sure to enthral with its renowned acceleration
All three bikes, as well as the Thruxton R, will form a dual purpose over the weekend. When not in action, they will be moored in the festival’s Motorcycle Paddock. They are part of the NMM/Triumph “Past and Present” section of the event.
Show us your medals
Could any other superbiker say “show us your trophy cabinet” with more certainty of not being bested?
Fogarty’s CV reads like a schoolboy biker’s dream:
• World Superbike titles won in successive years twice - 1994-1995 then 1998-1999
• Three Isle of Man TT crowns - the Production 750 championship (1989) and the Senior TT and Formula 1 (both 1990). While here, he smashed the course lap record 24 years ago - a time that was unrivalled until 1999. Fogarty averaged a hair-raising 123.61 mph while recording 18 minutes, 18.8 seconds
• The Bol d’Or champion
• 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, as well as countless other titles, including the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix
What Foggy says
He describes the speed festival as “special” and says he is “excited” at the prospect of returning.
Fogarty says Triumph bikes are “iconic” and he is thrilled at the thought of representing them.
What to look forward to at this year’s Festival of Speed
No fewer than seven F1 teams are promised at next month’s carnival of cars. Mercedes-Benz, Williams, Renault, Red Bull, McLaren, Force India and Ferrari will all be battling it out on the famous Goodwood hill-climb circuit.
Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg are among this year’s confirmed guests.
Tickets seem to be moving faster than a Fogarty-ridden Triumph, however.
Saturday and two-day weekend passes are already sold out. Limited Sunday tickets are still available from £65.