Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 and what to expect!
If you love cars and what is commonly known as a bit of a petrol head then the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed probably can’t come around quickly enough for you. However, if you haven’t yet attended what some would call the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, you’re in for a bit of a treat!
This year the Festival of Speed is being held from Thursday 4th July to Sunday 7th July 2019. You can buy tickets for single days or for the whole four days. For admission only tickets are from as little as £39 and children aged 12 and under can enter for free. For further details on availability you can visit their website: https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/festival-of-speed/
If you decide to make a weekend of it, camping facilities are provided in the nearby surrounding fields which are literally just a stone’s throw away from the grounds. Booking is essential prior to the weekend so make sure you contact them beforehand to ensure there are pitches available. Alternatively, there are plenty of Bed & Breakfasts and hotels located nearby.
This year the festival is introducing new attractions which include The Arena which is dedicated to four-wheel drift cars. Spectators can watch drift cars as they shed their tyres, incredible stunts where drivers will attempt insane and tricks and turns throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
If you’d prefer to attend when it’s not so busy, then Thursday maybe the best day for you. The opening day will include the first assault on the infamous Hillclimb, where supercars, touring cars, electric cars, specially built hill-climbing cars battle it out to beat the fastest record time ever of 41.6 seconds. It all culminates on Sunday where the fastest three cars are then displayed outside Goodwood House where fans will be given the chance to get close to the wonderful cars. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hillclimb record so you can be sure there will be a strong battle for the title. You can find out more about the history of the Hillclimb by following this link: https://www.topspeed.com/cars/what-is-the-goodwood-festival-of-speed-and-why-does-it-matter-ar181772.html
Each day is jam packed full of displays so planning your day is vital to make sure you don’t miss anything. The website has plenty of information detailing what’s on and when so be sure to spend some time planning before you go. The exhibition area has hundreds of motor sport dedicated stands where you can browse memorabilia, arts and crafts, literature plus much more. There is also the Future Lab where you can explore the latest cutting-edge technologies presented in a way that will capture the imagination of even the youngest attendee. From Robotics and AI to Smart Cities and the future of driving.
If you love supercars, formula 1 and classic cars the Festival of Speed will not disappoint. Be warned though spending time with such amazing cars will no doubt have you wishing for one of your own. If you fall in love with a supercar but can’t quite afford the price tag, there are plenty of classic car restoration companies who may be able to find you something that’s just up your street!