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Festival of Speed begins today

The Festival of Speed starts today in Sussex.

Fans of fast cars will rub shoulders with the stars and like minded petrol heads at Goodwood for the four day event.

The Festival of Speed will be held at Goodwood Credit: ITV Meridian

"It's incredible to think that literally tens of millions of pounds worth of metal are swooping close to the old-style walls at speed... I just had a blast."

– Jenson Button, Formula One driver

Cars of the future unveiled in our region

The latest cars can drive themselves Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

The region's cars of the future have been unveiled today. These images were released by Rolls Royce based at Goodwood and Mini based at Oxford.The cars can drive themselves and will have the latest technology.The concepts were revealed by parent group BMW, based at Farnborough.​The company has been looking forward to the future as it celebrates 100 years.

The Mini of the future Credit: Rolls Royce/BMW

Rolls Royce say it is the first time it has produced a concept car - and the vehicle will be the ultimate in luxury. But if you are a chauffeur it could prove to be bad news. The company say the car will drive itself.

But remember this is a concept car for the next 100 years, and not expected to be on our roads until 2040 - so don't worry too much just yet.


Stolen Aston Martin expected to fetch £1m at Sussex auction

A £1million Aston Martin that was stolen 14 years ago is being put up for auction at Goodwood in Sussex after the owner died before the car was recovered.

The rare DB2, which competed in the 1949 Le Mans race, was stolen in 2002 from owner Christopher Angell.

He died before the prototype racer was recovered by police this year in a dilapidated state at a storage facility in Holland.

The motor passed to Mr Angell's relative Ashley Mack, who has been forced to put it up for auction because it could cost "many thousands" to have it restored.

The vehicle is due to go under the hammer at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in West Sussex on June 27 and is expected to sell for around £1million.

Getting their skates on at Goodwood!

Centerstage Productions Youth Theatre race around Goodwood for charity Credit: ITV

Ever fancied racing around Goodwood race track? This weekend's annual South Coast Roll saw 800 people making their way round the 2.367mile course on skates and scooters.

Among them were 65 members of Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre from Chandler's Ford who raised £2000 towards their summer show - 'Starlight Express'. The skaters and scooters were able to access the course for 5 hours in the bank holiday sunshine.


One hundred new jobs created at Rolls Royce in West Sussex

New jobs in West Sussex Credit: ITV news

Rolls-Royce has announced the successful completion of the company's recent recruitment campaign for 100 new permanent jobs. The news was celebrated at a special event attended by the new recruits at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, hosted by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer and Frank Ludwig, Director of Manufacturing.

The campaign was launched in January following the company's announcement of record sales for 2013. More than 1,500 people are now employed on site.

Speaking from the Home of Rolls-Royce, Torsten Müller-Ötvös said, "I am delighted to announce the successful completion of our latest recruitment campaign. Our greatest asset is the skilled men and women that work for Rolls-Royce around the world and we have ensured that we recruit only the very best candidates. I am very pleased that our continuing growth has enabled us to recruit more permanent employees into the team."

Earlier this month, the company announced that a new Technology and Logistics Centre will be built at Bognor Regis, close to Goodwood. Around 200 people will be employed at the Centre, with a number of new roles created in addition to those transferred from existing logistics functions. The Technology and Logistics Centre is planned to be fully operational in early 2016.

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