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Festival of Speed - All you need to know

Goodwood - The Festival of Speed. A mixture of Ascot, Formula 1 and Wörthersee. A tribute to racing, but not only a serious race. 180,000 people make the pilgrimage to Goodwood every July to experience champagne, drifts, old warhorses and racing cars that made motorsport history.

Anyone who enjoys cars, speed and British elegance must come here at some point. There is nothing like it in the world. In this post you will find all the important information about the Festival of Speed, tips for visiting the festival and exciting background stories.

Festival of Speed 2024

The Festival of Speed 2024 is set to roar into action from July 12th to 15th, 2024.

Die ersten Details zum Programm, den Stars, die zu Besuch sein werden und welcher Autohersteller 2024 ein Jubiläum feiern wird, sind bereits durchgesickert. Die altehrwürdige britische Marke MG feiert den 100. Geburtstag auf dem Festival of Speed und darf die zentrale Skulptur vor Goodwood-House mit den eigenen Automodellen bestücken. 

Der Formel 1 Pilot Alex Albon wird 2024 den legendären Formel 1 Boliden von Williams FW08, mit dem Keke Rosberg 1982 Weltmeister wurde, auf dem Hillclimb unterwegs sein.

The Festival of Speed 2024 promises to be an unforgettable event, packed with exciting highlights and commemorations. One of the standout moments will be the celebration of Niki Lauda's illustrious career, honoring the legendary Formula 1 driver and his remarkable achievements in the sport.

Adding to the festivities, Hispano Suiza will mark its 120th anniversary by unveiling a groundbreaking all-electric 1000 horsepower supercar, the Carmen Sagrera. This innovative vehicle showcases the blend of historical prestige and modern technology that defines Hispano Suiza's legacy.

The Ford Mustang GTD will make its debut at the festival, thrilling muscle car enthusiasts with its powerful performance and cutting-edge design. This introduction will be a highlight for fans of American automotive engineering.

The festival will also feature a thrilling Hillclimb event with participation from the top Formula 1 teams, including Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, Williams, and Alpine. Spectators will witness the skill and speed of both the vehicles and their drivers as they tackle the challenging course.

The excitement surrounding the Festival of Speed 2024 is palpable, as all tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday have already sold out. The sold-out status is a testament to the event's popularity and the anticipation of the incredible showcases and performances scheduled for this year.

For the latest updates and adjustments to the program, keep an eye on this space. hier.

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FOS Highlights 2023

In 2023, the Festival of Speed was firmly in German hands: Porsche had the privilege of adorning the spectacular sculpture in front of Goodwood House. The Zuffenhausen brand celebrated 60 years of the 911 and 75 years of sports car culture. Accordingly, the lineup Porsche brought to the Festival of Speed was extensive and unparalleled. The star guest at Goodwood was the four-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel. He wasn't just present as a racer at Goodwood; he appeared as a collector as well, bringing valuable Formula 1 race cars to Goodwood, such as Nigel Mansell's championship-winning Williams FW14B and Ayrton Senna's 1993 McLaren MP4/8.

Our Top 5 at the Festival of Speed 2023

  1. Hillclimb: the ultimate classic and the most important format of the whole festival. On the track, the supercars and Formula 1 sports cars compete with classics and drift champions. You can watch the start or finish or along the route.
  2. Cartier Style & Luxe: as the title suggests, this is about style, design and elegance. A breath of the Pebble Beach Concours blows through the exhibition pavilions. You can admire the design icons of the automotive industry, preferably the elderly.
  3. Moto GP World Champion Parade: The current Italian world champion, Francesco Bagnaia, was in attendance, along with past champions Wayne Gardner, Kevin Schwantz, Àlex Crivillé, Kenny Roberts Jr., Randy Mamola, Casey Stoner, Mick Doohan, and the 15-time champion Giacomo Agostini.
  4. Main Paddock: this is where all the wonderful, exclusive sports cars are in their boxes. Strolling down the Goodwood pit lane is one of the things that should be experienced in life. You can admire sports car legends from my childhood and youth here and talk to some of the famous drivers.
  5. Helicopter sightseeing flight: the spectacular sightseeing flight over Goodwood first revealed the dimensions of the event and the vastness of Goodwood.
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Full throttle spectacle and British nobility

Smartly dressed people in white jackets and straw hats stroll leisurely over perfectly trimmed English lawns.

Sheep clouds drift in the English sky above Goodwood House . Majestic, ancient trees provide pleasant shade and cider and champagne are drunk at pretty teak tables. This is Goodwood, south of London, a few kilometers from the coast.

Flugstaffel der Royal Airforce beim Festival of Speed 2019

Suddenly a deafening roar breaks the silence. A cloud of smoke rises into the sky as the monster motorcycle with almost 1000 hp shoots out from behind a pile of straw bales from the left and disappears at breathtaking speed past Goodwood House to the right from your field of vision.

Squadrons of the Royal Airforce draw spectacular stripes of color in the sky.

Where the English aristocracy usually celebrates elegant tea parties, the host, Lord March, lets everything that is loud, fast and extraordinary race down the driveway to Goodwood House.

Above the time-honored park in front of the summer residence there is a smell of burnt rubber , hot oil and gasoline .

The common Englishman looks at the whole spectacle relaxed, with an amused smile.

Supercar Line-Up: McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Pagani, Brabham, De Thomaso, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz.

In Italy, the spectators would go completely crazy in view of the unbelievable density of prominent racing drivers , extraordinary sports cars and exclusive classic cars .

It is precisely this combination of full-throttle spectacle and British nobility that makes the very special charm and uniqueness of the Festival of Speed.

“The Hillclimb”: The race at Goodwood

The Goodwood Hillclimb is now an important and popular part of the international automobile and motorsport world.

From Thursday to Sunday everything revolves around the hundreds of new and traditional cars that conquer the mountain twice a day.

Hillclimb with the Supercars: super sports cars and prototypes as far as the eye can see.

You can only take part in the race at the personal invitation of the host Lord March. So you cannot apply via an advertisement, as is the case with many famous classic car rallies.

Goodwood host Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara. Credit: by Stephanie O Callaghan

All racing classes and generations are invited to exciting vehicles events and champion challenges. Whether from the DTM scene, Formula 1, rally sport, Moto GP, drift competition, motocross, 24 hour endurance races, Indy Car racing series and NASCAR .

The main thing is fast and loud.

The race track is 1.86 kilometers long and leads over 9 curves past Goodwood House to the finish. The route has a slight incline and is therefore called a hill climb.

Nick Heidfeld's track record on a McLaren-Mercedes MP4 / 13 from Formula 1 by 1999 was beaten for the first time in 2019 by an electric vehicle, a Volkswagen ID R .

The rally vehicles heat up on the “Forest Rallye Stage” through a wooded area not far from Goodwood House on the 2.5 km long gravel road.

The most prestigious moment is the Shootout on Sunday, in which the drivers compete against each other with the fastest times of the weekend.

Everything you need to know about visiting the festival

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Das Festival of Speed erstreckt sich über vier Tage. Das Spektakel startet immer am Donnerstag und geht bis Sonntag. The spannendsten Tage sind Samstag und Sonntag, aber natürlich kommen die meisten der knapp 200.000 Besucher an diesen Tagen nach Goodwood.

# 1 entry, tickets & prices

Admission to the festival site for all four days costs around € 200, the day passes for a single day entry with around € 100 costs half.

The tickets can be conveniently ordered online (here on the website of the organizer) or simply buy it when entering the area. However, depending on the time, you have to be prepared for long, long queues at the cash registers.

# 2 Tips on catering

The average visitor can get food and drink from the countless food trucks .

Those who like it more elegant and English can buy hospitality packages from the organizer, and dine at teak tables and watch the spectacle under awnings.

Those who are lucky enough to be invited by the main sponsors such as Mercedes-Benz, Mastercard or the official champagne supplier can take a seat in the shade of elegant pavilions and enjoy caviar and champagne

But be careful: there is a dress code in some pavilions! So you may want to be prepared for more classy attire. Sporty shorts are taboo. A jacket is a must.

 

# 3 Directions to the Festival of Speed

The Goodwood property is approx. an hour's drive south of London and is easily accessible by car. There is an immensely large parking lot that is free .

Unfortunately, there are long traffic jams at peak times.

You can travel by train from London-Victoria-Station to Chichester and from there by bus to Goodwood . This journey works, but it is quite time-consuming and complicated.

 

# 4 places to stay

Unfortunately, the accommodation facilities on the site are exclusively reserved for special (honorary) guests.

For campers there is the option of staying overnight on the Goodwood premises. However, only limited comfort is offered there (no showers, water connections, electricity, etc.). If you like it more luxurious, you can go to the five-star Book Concierge Camping in Cichester and stay in chic bungalows.

But there are enough small hotels and pensions on the coast approx. 30 mins south of Goodwood. Early reservation is recommended.

 

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You will not only experience the fascination of the Festival of Speed up close, but also on a helicopter flight over Goodwood. A spectacular supporting program with AMG driver training on the modern test track as well as Offroad-Training and other motorsport highlights make the event an unforgettable experience.

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Racing driver up close: Jenson Button, Formula 1 driver, signs autographs.

The origins - the Duke begs for Goodwood

It all began in Goodwood with aircrafts belonging to the British Royal Air Force.

Shortly before the outbreak of World War II the Ministry of Aviation had begun on the extensive grounds of the Duke of Richmond to create airstrips to create an alternative for the Tangmere military airport.s

A ring road was created to connect the runways.

When the world war ended, the runways, hangars and roads were no longer needed. But the motorsport enthusiast Duke of Richmond already had an idea how he wanted to use the system.

He had the ringroad converted into a race track - the "Goodwood Circuit" - and from then on organized car races.

On the 18. of September 1948 The first race took place and until 1966 elites of motorsport met in Goodwood to compete against each other.

Then it got quieter. Motosport teams and manufacturers only occasionally used the track for tests.

 

The birth of the Festival of Speed

It was Charles March, the 11th Duke of Richmond, who finally revived the legendary Hillclimb - a 1.86 km long, gently sloping road that leads to Goodwood House - and the Festival of Speed ​​in 1998. As a throwback to his grandfather's legendary hillclimb races.

Years later, the Festival of Speed ​​became a world-class spectacle.

Goodwood becomes the Mecca of the "Petrol Heads".

Best of Festival of Speed der letzten Jahre

2018 Porsche celebrated its 70th birthday at Goodwood and brought all vehicles there that have won important races over the course of 70 years.

A unique vehicle parade

While walking through the paddock everyone could admire the Silver Arrows from the Mercedes-Benz Museum . Right next to it the next feast for the eyes: the Ferrari GTO by Nick Mason (drummer from Pink Floyd)

Ferrari 250 GTO – Nick Mason

Martini Racing brought the Lancia Rally Boliden to Goodwood to shake the in-house rally race track through the woods. Well next to each other in the adjacent pit: the legendary Ford GTs from Gulf Racing .

Some Formula 1 racing teams are close to the people here in the paddock and present the astonished visitors with the very latest technology.

You can't stop being amazed during the entire event.

At the Michelin Super Car Pavilion, Ferrari will be showing street-legal Ferraris with which well-heeled customers drive their own racing series. Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, McLaren, Pagani, Bugatti and even more exotic cars show what money - for a lot of money - can buy.

It doesn't get any better, more expensive or faster.

 

Royal Airforce Aerobatic Relay “Red Arrow”

The aerobatic team of the British Army flies with vintage machines from 1979.

The BAE Systems Hawk T1 are powered by Rolls Royce engines and paint the colors of the Union Jack - blue, red and white stripes - in the English sky.

 

Scene meeting of the superstars in racing

The Festival of Speed ​​has a tremendous impact on the racing scene.

Countless racing legends line up regularly at Goodwood.

Ex racing driver Jochen Maas, brand ambassador Mercedes-Benz

The list of participants reads like a who's who of the racing scene

  • 14 times world record champion of the motorcycle world championship Giacomo Agostini
  • Stars from the Formula 1 world champions like Nico Rosberg
  • Luis Hamilton
  • Jenson Button
  • Gerhard Berger
  • Mika Hakkinen und
  • Veterans like double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi
  • 3-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart
  • 5-time rally world champion Sebastien Ogier
  • Rally legend Walter Röhrl
  • 24h Le Mans winner and 5-time champion Derek Bell
  • 3-time winner Klaus Ludwig
  • 5-times Pikes Peak Champion Rod Millen and much more

 

Nostalgic founder Gert Pichler (left) with legendary racing driver and 3-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart (right).

Really unique at the Festival of Speed:

Every visitor can go to the paddock and speak to the pilots.

Nowhere else will you get so close to the stars of the motorsport scene.

There are no VIP passes and screened celebrities.

Of course, a star like Hamilton has bodyguards with them, but the atmosphere is relaxed and contact with the visitors is expressly desired.

Festival of Speed 2019

The motto in 2019 was " Speed ​​Kings-Motorsports Record Breakers ".

A special honor was given to Record Champion Michael Schuhmacher, who turned 50 this year and won his first Formula 1 race 25 years ago. Ferrari brought all the Formula 1 vehicles that Schuhmacher once drove and had won so infinitely to Goodwood to a unique lineup on the racetrack.

His family visited the FOS and his main rivals Mika Hakkinen and Damon Hill also came to Goodwood to celebrate Michael Schumacher and his unmatched success in racing.

Aston Martin celebrated its 70 in Goodwood in 2019, exactly one year after Porsche's birthday and brought an armada of sports cars from seven decades to Goodwood.

Aston Martin Parade of racing cars to mark its 70th birthday

The view from the balcony of Goodwood House of the unique collection of Aston Martins, lined up below the sculpture - with an Aston Martin painted in British Racing Green and mounted 30 meters above the top of the sculpture - is a picture that is not easily forgotten .

An Aston Martin, painted in British Racing Green, 30 meters above a sculpture outside Goodwood House.

The "Michelin Supercar Run" is also getting bigger and bigger every year.

While the street-legal sports cars were positioned a bit away from the center of the action in the previous year, the Supercar Paddock 2019 was placed very centrally and thus one of the most visited areas of the festival.

The field of participants in the Supercar Run reads like the playing card quartet that is currently experiencing an undreamt-of renaissance among boys: Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Lotus, Brabham, Pagani, Bentley, Ford GT, Mercedes AMG, De Thomaso, Dallara , Fenyr, Zenvo, Apollo and many more exotic species.

The manufacturers have discovered the festival as a stage to show the latest creations and engines in action in front of an enthusiastic audience.

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