Goodwood Festival of Speed dates: 28 June – 1 July 2012
The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring party in the world – a unique summer weekend that brings together a heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ to create the largest car culture event in the world.
Held in the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House, this annual hill-climb event is a true celebration of motor sport and all things automotive.
From current Formula 1 racers and 200mph supercars to steam-powered carriages of the 19th Century, and from 3000bhp top fuel dragsters to classic rally cars, the Festival of Speed attracts the heroic and the evocative from every era in an exuberant display of style, sound, smell and colour.
The History of Goodwood Festival
Motor racing at Goodwood has a history dating back to the 1930’s.
In the summer of 1936 the Earl of March and 9th Duke of Richmond – better known as the talented automotive designer, engineer, racing driver and Brooklands winner Freddie March – held a private hillclimb for the Lancia Car Club at Goodwood House. He won it, naturally, and in doing so inspired his grandson, the present Earl of March, to create a new and exciting racing event at his family home.
The resulting event was the Festival of Speed
The inaugural event was held in the summer of 1993, and attracted 25,000 spectators. Today, the Festival of Speed has become firmly established as the must attend annual celebration of motoring culture. Its enduring popularity is now capped at 150,000 with admission strictly by advance ticket only. Visitors travel from all over the world to attend.
The event has expanded way beyond the hillclimb and now includes a host of other adrenaline-fuelled attractions.
Today the Festival features a challenging loose-surface Forest Rally Stage, the high-speed Sunday Times Supercar Run, the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance, world debuts of new car models and the FoS-TECH technology pavilion with its advanced automotive technology displays.
Today the Festival of Speed’s extraordinary atmosphere and uniquely intoxicating blend of speed and drama makes it a must for everyone that relishes the prospect of getting up close to both the priceless vehicles and famous racing drivers, riders and celebrities.