Established in 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the finest of British motoring traditions in its annual event, held each year at the historic Goodwood House estate. This year’s event will run for three days, starting on June 26th, and crowds well in excess of 100,000 per day are expected.
The event will feature a wide range of events and displays, including the central display featuring the celebration of a prominent manufacturer. In 2014, Mercedes-Benz took centre stage to recognise 120 years of excellence in motorsport, while in 2015 the display will feature Mazda’s 95 year history. Precise details have yet to be unveiled, but expect a stunning visual display created by sculptor Gerry Judah.
On June 25th, the day before the main Festival, the Moving Motor Show takes place; this event allows visitors and guests to drive a huge range of new and used cars from all parts of the motor trade. Guests can experience the hottest new models from world class manufacturers and take them for a spin around the estate, including the Hill climb section that will of course feature prominently throughout the Festival. This is the closest event to an annual motor show in the UK and is not to be missed by any car enthusiast – attendees can also get a sneaky first look at the other main attractions, including the Festival of Speed paddock.
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The Festival will once again feature the world renowned Hill climb, the central attraction of the event. Throughout the 3 days, around 1,000 vehicles will attempt to scale the 1.16 mile course in as quick a time as possible. Featuring a steep rise at the end, and increase in elevation of some 300 feet from start to finish, the tricky course is a legendary part of British motoring heritage. Competitors will be attempting to not only place highly in their own vehicle category but also break the astonishing record time of 41.6 seconds, achieved in 1999 by Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4-13.
During the event, hundreds of wacky vehicles and custom cars will attempt the course, competing against other vehicles in their class, cheered on by an enthusiastic and passionate crowd. With almost any automotive vehicle permitted, this is the biggest drawing card of the Festival and certainly the most fun – though make sure you have a valid insurance policy if you’re competing!
Attendees do of course have dozens of other attractions to visit, including an F1 paddock, dozens of supercars, the rally stage, an aviation display and much more. Another central display is the “Style et Luxe” concourse, which showcases some of the finest and most elegant vehicles ever built – sadly you can’t pop on trade plates and take them for a spin!