10 Things To Do At the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Bringing together car fans from every walk of life and discipline, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has long been a calendar highlight for many motoring enthusiasts. That said, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the show; there's always something happening! To help make sure that you get to see all of the best stuff (in our opinion), here are our top 10 things that you have to see and do at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018!

1. Stand in Awe of the Porsche 70th Anniversary Statue.

Every year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, they create a fantastic sculpture that stands as a show centerpiece to celebrate the theme of the show. 

This year, that theme is the 70th Anniversary of Porsche. What better way to celebrate such an occasion than a spectacular sculpture adorned with some of the most legendary Porsches? Yes, those are actual cars and yes that is the actual Porsche 919 that won at Le Mans! We still can't figure out how they're attached. 


2. Witness the Legendary Goodwood Hillclimb.

This one kind of goes without saying - how can you go to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and not spend at least one hour staring at the incredible cars and drivers that take on the illustrious hillclimb?

Organised to perfection by the team at Goodwood, this year's field is arguably the very best yet. The action starts at 08:30 every morning and, no matter when you go to spectate, you're almost always sure to see the perfect mixture of road cars and racing cars - both old and new. There's even a 150mph Honda lawnmower!

3. Take Part in the Jaguar Land Rover Experiences.

Once again housed on a gigantic stand (more akin to a full dealership than an exhibit) Jaguar Land Rover have once again gone all out when it comes to their Goodwood Festival of Speed display. 

Along with getting up close and personal with the entire Jaguar Land Rover range and various concept cars, you can also experience a Land Rover put through its paces on a full offroad course or join a Jaguar professional driver to get very sideways whilst drifting around a specially made course. You may have to wait in line, but these are definitely worth the wait!

4. Get a Closer Look at Project One.

For the first time ever in the UK, Mercedes-AMG are displaying their Formula One car for the road to the public. Having now seen it in the metal, we can't wait to see this on the hill in a few years.

Whilst we don't know for certain how fast Project One will be, Mercedes-AMG say that the 1.6-litre F1 engine will create over 1000bhp, a top speed of over 217mph and a 0-124mph time of under six seconds. For now it is being displayed in a large glass box ... but with performance like that, maybe it's better that it stays caged! Read more about it here.

5. Get a First Look at McLaren's 600LT.

If you're after another public first - this time a world debut - head over to the McLaren stall. Sitting center stage you'll find the incredible new McLaren 600LT.

This one was only unveiled last week, so it truly is hot off the press. Sitting at the top of McLaren's Sports Series, the stunning 600LT is the latest member of the illustrious McLaren Longtail family, meaning that more power, extreme aerodynamics and track-focused ability are the order of the day. Not one to be missed! Read more about it here.

6. Wander around the Car Park.

We agree that, at first glance, this one looks a little odd. However, much like other large car events, the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings out lots of very special cars. 

It seems only right that, when you gather car enthusiasts from around the country in one place, many of them will have made the journey in their pride and joy. Thanks to the very special nature of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you get a mixture of cars unlike anywhere else - within five minutes, we'd already found everything from supercars to drift cars!

7. Visit the Supercar Paddock and Decide your Dream Garage.

Once you've had your fill of supercars and racing cars taking on the hillclimb, navigate your way to the Supercar Paddock. They keep all of the supercars that are competing there, so you can get a closer look at your favourites. 

Regardless of whether you're into the crowd favourite supercars, one-off concepts or brand new supercars that have only just been unveiled, you'll find them all on display there. Our Media Team spent quite a lot of time wandering around that area deciding which they'd put in their dream garages - which ones would you pick? 

8. Enjoy the Classic Racing Cars at Rest.

When they're not out on the hillclimb, each and every car competing throughout the weekend can be found on display somewhere. One of the very special areas is the area housing all of the classic racing cars. 

As with a lot of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, there aren't any barriers or walls around each of the pit boxes, so you can get up seriously close to all of your heroes and the teams of engineers that maintain them. It's a great chance to talk to the teams, to see the inner workings of the cars and hear some very loud noises.

9. Get up Close and Personal with the Amazing Porsche 919 Evo.

As part of both their 70th anniversary celebrations and the 919 Tribute Tour, Porsche have brought the sensational Porsche 919 Evo LMP1 car along to this year's Festival of Speed. 

It's fresh from its monumental lap of the Nurburgring and is being driven by the very driver that lapped Spa faster than Lewis Hamilton's Formula One car. We only got to see it learning the course on Goodwood's press day but it still looked menacing - expect some mind-bending hillclimb times later in the weekend. Read more here.

10. Witness the Future of Motorsport (Possibly).

For the first time ever, an autonomous car will be completing runs of the Goodwood Hillclimb - demonstrating just how far autonomous technology has come over the years.

The car is one of the very 'Robocars' that will be competing in the upcoming Roborace series. Comprising of a field of identical autonomous cars, these futuristic robots will soon have their own racing series that supports the hugely successful Formula E Championship. Regardless of your opinion on autonomous cars, these are pretty curious to behold. Read more here.