Every year, 1000’s of people descend upon Goodwood House for what many consider to be one of the highlights of the motoring calendar – the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bringing the world’s best cars - old, new, concept and future - into one place to compete on the legendary hillclimb course, it’s very much an event unlike any other.
If you’ve never visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed, we highly recommend that you add it to your motoring bucket list (click here to get a quick round-up of our top 10 things to see at Goodwood FOS 2018), there’s just something about FOS that is inherently special and brings people together.
In fact, the very first thing that we saw when we arrived in the car park was a Porsche GT3 parked next to a BMW 328i drift car, that was in turn parked next to a factory fresh MINI Clubman; to us, that car park line up ‘is’ Goodwood FOS – it’s about people that enjoy cars enjoying cars together, regardless of what angle they approach the subject. It’s rather wonderful.
Anyway, wistful eyes aside, let’s talk about the actual show. As with every year, the highlights have to be the illustrious hillclimb and the plethora of manufacturer stands where everyone is displaying their latest and greatest metal.
There’s also always a theme – this year, it’s the celebration of Porsche’s 70th anniversary; something perfectly demonstrated by the spectacular statue outside of Lord March’ residence and the astounding Porsches that are attacking the hillclimb this year (yes, that does include the very phenomenal Porsche 919 Evo that recently took the Nurburgring track record).
The track action begins at 08:30 every morning and runs throughout the day. No matter when you take your place next to the hay bales that line the course, you’re almost always guaranteed to see a mixture of everything – the organisers have organised (for want of a better phrase) the field incredibly well this year. In fact, this year, the usual mixture of classic cars and modern supercars has been nicely complemented by the new range of electric and hybrid vehicles that are now appearing, or will shortly appear, on the market.
Looking to the future, we can’t help but look forward to having the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-Benz Project One join this mix. For now, however, to give you an idea of just how varied this year’s field of competitors already is, we had the pleasure of witnessing a V12 touting Lamborghini and a classic Group C racing car followed closely by a record breaking Honda lawnmower – where else can you expect to see a line up like that?
Aside from the hillclimb action, it’s compulsory at Goodwood FOS to rack up as many steps as possible on your Fitbit or equivalent (our record currently stands at just over 18,000 steps) exploring each and every exhibitor stand. That’s not a bad thing; getting up very close and personal with the very latest hypercars, sports cars and both classic & modern racing cars is part of the joy of Goodwood FOS.
A couple of our highlights, however, have to be the supercar paddock; in which you can get within inches of everything from Ferrari’s XX Programme cars to Aston Martin’s new DBS Superleggera, the preparation zone for the many classic racing cars that are competing; because who doesn’t like to see and hear the internals of classic Formula One and Group C racers? and finally the huge manufacturer stands that allow you to get closer to the cars that you’ve recently seen on shows like Top Gear, in magazines such as Autocar or simply glimpsed whilst driving along the motorway.
You should also definitely get involved with the many activities that are happening on each stand; for example: at the monstrously large Jaguar Land Rover building, you can get the chance to experience a Land Rover put through its paces offroad or get very sideways in a Jaguar F-Type whilst it is expertly drifted around a special course.
All-in-all, if you aren’t attending this year’s show, we highly recommend that you add Goodwood FOS 2019 to your calendar (make sure you book a hotel room early) and that you keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram to see all of our Goodwood content.
If you are going to be making your way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, why not take a look at a quick round-up of our top 10 must see things here? We hope that you have a great show; we’d love to see all of your pictures and videos, be sure to mention us in your Instagram story or tag us in your posts!