It’s The Goodwood Festival of Speed This Weekend

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb that features a variety of historic motor racing cars. It’s generally held in late June or early July at the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

Over the years, it’s become more and more popular and now has to cap the attendance to 150,000 per day. The event is held over three days and this year’s Festival takes place from Thursday 23 June to Sunday 26 June, giving all motoring enthusiasts in the UK plenty of opportunity to go and see some fantastic old and new cars and their drivers’ having some fun.

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The Central Feature Sculpture back in 2012 in front of Goodwood House – this year’s BMW M presentation has a lot to live up to! © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

There’s nowhere else where you’ll get to witness cars and bikes up close as they zoom up the Hillclimb track or where you can enjoy unrestricted access to the vehicles and drivers associated with each machine.

This year, you’ll be able to watch Formula One’s new kid on the block, the UK’s George Russell, as he’ll be jumping in the seat of a 2019 championship winning W10 grand prix car on the hill this coming Sunday.

With so much going on over the three days, we thought it might be a good idea to give you a rundown of the top 10 things to see at this year’s Festival.

Our Top 10 Things To See

1. The Hillclimb – the most popular and exciting visual of the weekend, as cars from Formula 1, W Series and BTCC take to the hill, with each of the drivers hoping they’ll be the one achieving the best time.

2. Electric Avenue – focusing on all-electric vehicles, covering a wide range of road vehicles, from city cars to hyper cars and SUVs.

3. Central Feature – this year’s amazing and iconic central sculpture will celebrate five decades of BMW’s M cars.

4. Future Lab – everything futuristic for you to see, from jet packs to flying cars and 3D printed food. Children of all ages will be fascinated and be able to get involved with interactive activities that will hopefully inspire future generations.

5. Michelin Supercar Paddock – located just across from the start line of the Hill, here’s a chance for you to get up close and personal with the most exciting and inspiring road cars from all over the world.

6. First Glance Paddock – for true motoring enthusiasts. Take a look at what the future of the motoring industry has in store.

7. Main Paddock – the best place to have a good look at the cars and motorcycles from the various F1 teams, W Series motor racing championship, Touring Cars and IndyCar. You might even be lucky enough to meet one of your heroes as you’ll be close to the Drivers Club.

8. Cars & Drivers – some of the biggest names in the world of motorsport appear at the Festival of Speed alongside unmissable cars. Last year, the event welcomed Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris and Sabre Cook.

9. Cartier Style et Luxe – wander around close to Goodwood House and check out all the rare and outstanding motor cars from days long ago to more modern designs. The overall winner is announced on Sunday.

10. Forest Rally Stage – down a dusty single track just one weekend in every year, you’ll hear the sound of rally cars, as male and female drivers battle it out to be the fastest.



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