What is the Goodwood Festival of Speed?

Motorsport Wednesday February 28, 2024 By: Duncan Hughes

Are you a motorsports fan? Do you have a passion for cars past and present? Or are you just an adrenaline junkie who loves speed and sound? If you said yes to any of these questions, we have just the place for you.

On Thursday 11th July 2024, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed will be returning once again. An action packed weekend that car lovers will thrive in, with multiple events and action areas for any motorsport fanatic.

What to expect?

Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual motorsports festival located at Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester. It is a jam-packed weekend featuring modern and historic motorcars as well as a range of different events including a hill climb race, air displays, rally events and much more. It will take place from the 11th to the 14th July and is sure to have something for everyone whether you are a diehard motorsport fan or not.

Each year, a new theme for the festival is announced associated with the motoring industry, and this year it’s no different. The theme for 2024 is ‘Horseless to Hybrid- Revolutions in Power’ which will celebrate the evolution of motorcars and how they have developed through the years from the first ‘horseless’ carriage to the sustainable, more environmentally friendly cars today.

Sustainability will be the main focus of the weekend from the Hill Race to the many exhibits around the festival. The event that Goodwood is famous for is the well-renowned Hill Race attracting 1000s of spectators every year. It is unique to the festival and will see the cars battle it out in a time-trial styled event to be crowned ‘King of the Hill’.

Goodwood Hospitality

‘Action on the hill’

The Hillclimb is the most iconic part of Goodwood and has been the centre of action since the festival’s inception in 1993. A winding 1.16 mile stretch that finishes at the top of the Goodwood hill, tests the limits of drivers of the utmost quality with Sunday Shootout winners including Sebastian Loeb, Jonathan Palmer and Martin Brundle.

Indy 500 Champ and former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya exclaimed that it was the ‘narrowest, bumpiest, least grippy course I have ever driven. But I loved it’.

It was Marvin Kirchhöfer’s title in 2023 in his McLaren Solus GT. However, Max Chilton is the current record holder from 2022 with a blistering 39.08 seconds in a McMurtry Spéirling, over 2 seconds faster than the previous record held by Nick Heidfield in a McLaren MP4/13. Can anyone get near 39 seconds in 2024?

Something for all motorsport fans

What else is on? The Hillclimb is not the only scintillating part of the weekend, in fact there is something for all motorsport fans to enjoy. If you are a rally fan why not spectate the classic Forest Rally Stage as some of the best current rally drivers take on the gravel for the fastest time including cars ranging from modern WRC cars to the infamous Group B machines.

How about Goodwood Action Sports? This arena is perfect for adrenaline junkies showcasing BMX stunts, motocross jumps and more that will have you watching with one eye open!

Get the chance to meet your heroes and walk through the FOS pit-lane. You will be up close and personal with some of the best drivers in Formula 1, MotoGP and more. You will be within inches of modern F1 cars with Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren in attendance. Don’t forget the classic Goodwood air displays including an epic show put on by the legendary Red Arrows and watch in awe as they paint the sky in their famous formation.

With this being only a small snippet of the entertainment on show and what to expect it’s safe to say you will not be short of things to do and see.

Goodwood Festival of Speed is easily one of the best motorsport events of the year in the UK with thousands of fans flocking from all over the country to the South Coast for an exhilarating weekend of some of the most impressive machines the 21st century has to offer.

For motoring enthusiasts and anyone interested in getting involved with the automobile industry, you just can’t miss this. Check out Engage’s range of hospitality options for the Festival of Speed as well as the Goodwood Revival at the start of September.

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