Celebrity chef James Martin drives the Ferrari FF at Goodwood (w/VIDEO)

Celebrity chef James Martin drives the Ferrari FF at Goodwood (w/VIDEO)

Ferrari’s brand new flagship V12 four-seater, the FF, was driven by James Martin, celebrity chef and presenter of BBC’s ‘Saturday Kitchen’, at the famous Goodwood hillclimb course today.

It was the final day of the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which saw more than 180,000 people attend the four-day event.

Following his trip up the hill, James commented: “Fantastic! A great piece of kit, which handles like all the other Ferraris and it’s surprising that you’ve actually got two proper seats in the back. I’m 6ft 2in and I can sit in the back, no problem. There’s plenty of leg room. Very, very impressed.”

Also making a special appearance at this year’s Festival of Speed was BBC2’s very own Chris Evans and his fleet of “Magnificent Seven” Ferraris. Evans once again concluded his charity drive and dine event with a full throttle assault on the hillclimb at Goodwood, raising £1.1million for Children in Need.

This year’s selection of vehicles featured the best from Maranello’s past and present, including the latest Ferrari limited editions, the SA Aperta and the 599 GTO. They were joined by the F40, 250 GT Lusso, 275 GTB/4, 288 GTO and 365 GTC.

Several fine examples of other classic Ferraris from the 1950s, 60s and 70s also took to the hill today, including a unique 375 MM from 1953. The faded and race-worn patina reveals the history of the vehicle and highlights the unique fact that this particular 375 MM, owned by Andreas Mohringer, has never been restored and retains all of its original parts.

The prestigous Cartier Style et Luxe concours, was this year won by a Ferrari 340 America Barchetta – owned by specialist David Cottingham.

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, Marc Gené once again took to the track in the 2010 Ferrari F10 single-seater, which was driven by Fernando Alonso during his fight for the F1 title last year.

The Goodwood weekend also served as a curtain-raiser to a rather more demanding sporting event in the UK, as this week, starting on Friday 8 July, the Formula 1 engines will fire up for pratice for the British Grand Prix, the ninth round of the 2011 World Championship.