The Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex is an 18th century country house that sits on a 12,000-acre estate. Luxurious facilities, such as the stunning Downs Golf Course and a pristine health club, greet visitors and guests, and manicured lawns lead out to luscious, verdant scenery. The result is a tranquil and sophisticated paradise.
However, for one weekend every summer since 1993, the serenity gives way to adrenaline and noise, as the Festival of Speed takes over and the summer garden party feel is replaced by the piercing screech and excitement of motorsport.
This year the festival is taking place between the 23rd and 26th of June and boasts it will be the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, uniquely bringing together the past, present and future of the sport. Unrivalled proximity and access to the event’s cars and bikes, ensure fans are blown away by the intoxicating display of speed, power and glamour on show.
The iconic ‘Hillclimb’ tradition sits at the heart of the festival, as vehicles from the Main, Supercar and First Glance paddocks individually race up the famous Hill, a 1.16-mile course, in a grand display of demonstration and competition. It’s become one of the most loved and thrilling traditions in motor racing and was described by F1 legend, Juan Pablo Montoya, as one of the narrowest and bumpy courses he’s ever taken on.
Another feature of the weekend that is hotly anticipated is Electric Avenue, the new interactive space which will showcase the best of the world of electric motorsport, or EV. Displaying the latest EV vehicles, as well as those that are soon to be launched, Electric Avenue is a playground for racing and automotive enthusiasts. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on an area that is of continuing importance, as we get closer to the UK’s 2030 deadline for the electrification of all new cars.
For a face-to-face close-up with the latest vehicles from the automotive world, some of which will have never been showcased before the festival, the First Glance Paddock presents the best car showroom in the world, whilst the Future Lab provides an immersive technology experience that gives an insight into the pioneering work that’s being done in the field.
With all the features and events on show, it’s easy to forget one of the festival’s most powerful draws – the drivers themselves. Each year some of the most prolific and well-known names in the sport assemble at Goodwood, giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal.
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