Goodwood has announced significant changes for this year’s Festival of Speed, which takes place on July 4-7, with amendments to the site layout and the relocation of the road car paddocks to make way for a live action arena to showcase the most exciting cars, motorcycles and automotive technologies.
In previous years, the Michelin Supercar Paddock has been located in the Cathedral Paddock alongside Goodwood House. This year it movesadjacent to the start line of the 1.16-mile hillclimb course that is the central feature of the Festival of Speed.
A firm favourite with younger car enthusiasts, the most exciting and inspiring road cars in the world will be more accessible than ever.
Replacing the supercars in the Cathedral Paddock will be ‘The Arena’, which Goodwood describes as “an amphitheatre of action”. Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday visitors will be able to watch drift cars shredding tyres along with stunt drivers doing the daring, insane and unimaginable on four wheels and two. Not only that, but fans will be able to interact with the daredevils.
The First Glance Paddock, meanwhile, which features production cars that are too new to be in showrooms, has moved next to FoS Future Lab, nestled among all the manufacturer stands on the infield. Both of these features will be the hub of pioneering engineering achievement, showcasing the latest cars and technology side by side.
The FoS Future Lab, now in its third year, is an immersive technology experience, where visitors take a look into the future and experience the technology of tomorrow first hand. Last year, favourites included Roborace and JetPack Aviation’s incredible “jet pack man”.
The Goodwood Action Sports zone, affectionately known as GAS, will also get an injection of new content, the much-loved shows featuring the incredible talent of BMX, mountain bikers, trials riders and freestyle motocross will remain, with the addition of new features such as an e-gaming area.
Finally, all eyes return to the hillclimb on the Sunday; after three days of practice runs the fastest cars of the weekend will enter the Sunday Shootout and attempt to beat the 41.6-second record time that has stood for 20 years. Supercars, touring cars, electric cars and specially-built hillclimb monsters will battle to be crowned the fastest car of the event.
The Duke of Richmond, founder of the Festival of Speed said: “While celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Festival of Speed last year we enjoyed record attendance. We’ve seen an incredible 4 million visitors through the event gates over the last quarter of a century.
“We’re always very conscious of looking to the future as much as we are celebrating the past. We hope with Future Lab, and the relocation of the paddocks to make way for the new live action arena, there really is something to represent every area of motorsport and technology.
“There is something to appeal to all, from the youngest in the family to the most hardcore motorsport fan.”
Other regular attractions include more than 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the history of motoring and motorsport, along with the drivers and riders who made them famous.
Don't forget the Forest Rally Stage at the top of the hillclimb, the breathtaking Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance featuring many of the finest and most significant cars ever made, as well as the aviation exhibition and Bonhams auction of historic road and racing cars - this year featuring the famous Williams FW14B "Red Five" in which Nigel Mansell dominated the 1992 F1 season on his way to the World Championship.
Tickets for the Festival of Speed are available from goodwood.com/fos