Mazda is pulling out all the stops for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. While the company will show off a number of its more exciting models from the past, including the ever wicked 787B edition MX-5 and the more recent MX-5 Superlight Concept, the biggest news is that the display will feature a life-size Scalextric track. Yep. Mazda will build an automated track with real-life cars in an interpretation of every hoon's favorite childhood toy. Mazda has chosen a handful of cars to celebrate the 20-year history of the MX-5, including a 1990 Miata, a 2000 10th anniversary edition and a California Special Edition.

If that's not enough to get your eyebrows up, visitors will be able to drive the actual hill climb course in a new MX-5 or ride shotgun in a special-built racer. Not that we needed any more of a reason to want to be in West Sussex this weekend, but these Mazda goodies sound like a good time. The event kicks off on the first of July and runs through the fourth. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Relive your childhood motoring dreams with Mazda at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

* Relive your childhood motoring dreams with life-sized Scalextric on the Mazda stand
* Celebrate 20 years of the iconic Mazda MX-5 through the ages
* Hill climb spectacular with MX-5 Superlight concept and MX-5 endurance race car

Relive your childhood dreams of playing with a life-sized Scalextric track on the Mazda stand at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed (1-4th July) which features 20 years of Mazda MX-5.

This year, Goodwood Festival of Speed has added a Moving Motor Show day on Thursday where visitors have the chance to drive cars up the famous Hill climb. Mazda will have the Mazda MX-5 road car available for visitors to drive as well as passenger rides in the MX-5 race car. Held in the grounds of Lord March's Goodwood estate in Sussex the event has become the world's largest celebration of motoring culture.

Making its UK debut at Goodwood is the MX-5 Superlight concept, which will feature in the Supercar category on the hill climb. The topless - and windscreen-less - Mazda MX-5 Superlight Version show car made its debut at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show where it was one of the most talked about concepts. Mazda has no plans to put it into production but has used the Superlight as a showcase for the lightweight technology that it is introducing across its full range of production cars.

Making extensive use of carbon fibre and aluminium, the Mazda Superlight weighs in at 995kg, some 144kg lighter than the heaviest production MX-5. The concept is fully driveable, as Goodwood festival-goers will discover, and is powered by a 125bhp, 1.8-litre turbocharged engine paired with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Mazda will also be competing on the hill climb with a Mazda MX-5 endurance race car. This car will be contesting in a number of Britcar races this year in the UK, including the 24 hour race at Silverstone in October.

Jeremy Thomson, managing director for Mazda UK explained the concept behind the Goodwood show stand: "Mazda will certainly stand out from the crowd with a life-sized Scalextric track to celebrate 20 years of the MX-5, which is still the world's most popular roadster today."

The life-sized Scalextric track will feature the iconic MX-5 through the ages with the 1st generation 1990 original, the 1992 MX-5 California Special Edition and the 10th Anniversary model showing how the original MX-5 design is still relevant even today.

Joining the historic models will be the 2nd generation Le Mans Limited Edition in orange and green 787B Le Mans-winning race car colours, along with the 3rd generation MX-5 endurance race car celebrating Mazda's motorsport heritage.

Bringing the Mazda stand up to date is the MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition launched in March and the MX-5 Miyako Special Edition which hits showrooms from 1 July. Visitors to the Mazda stand at Goodwood will have the chance to win one of twenty exhilarating Zoom-Zoom Weekends, themed around style, fun, performance and challenge, in a national prize draw taking place across the UK, until 24th September 2010.

The MX-5 display is surrounded by an MX-5 'crowd' with the strapline "MX-5: Once driven thrills are harder to find" echoing the "Thrillseekers" marketing campaign which is illustrated by some unique virals featuring Zoom Zoom activities such as 'condor flying' and 'lilo rafting'. For more information visit www.mazda.co.uk/thrillseekers or to view the film visit www.youtube.com and search 'Mazda MX5 Thrill'.

"Mazda's Zoom-Zoom philosophy is about exhilarating experiences and the thrill of challenges, which the competition winners will experience during an exciting weekend of activity, while enjoying the use of a Mazda MX-5 roadster, Mazda CX-7 crossover or Mazda3 MPS high performance hatchback," explained Claire Andrews, Senior Marketing Manager, Mazda UK.