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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, Englandin late June or early July; the event is scheduled to avoid clashing with the Formula One season, enabling fans to see F1 machines as well as cars and motorbikes from motor racing history climb the hill.

In the early years of the Festival, tens of thousands attended over the weekend; it currently attracts crowds of around 100,000 on each of the three days it is now held. A record crowd of 158,000 attended in 2003, before an advance-ticket-only admission policy came into force; attendance is now capped at 150,000.

History Edit

Founding Edit

The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 by Lord March in order to bring motor racing back to the Goodwood estate — a location steeped in British motor racing history. Shortly after taking over the estate in the early 1990s, Lord March (as he is formally known) wanted to bring back motor racing to Goodwood Circuit, but did not have the necessary permit to host a race there. Therefore, he instead hosted it on his own grounds. With a small selection of entrants made up of invited historic vehicles, the first event that took place on Sunday 13 June proved to be a success, taking in a crowd of 25,000 despite a date clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. After the first event's date clash, Lord March would ensure that the event would never be allowed to clash with either Le Mans or Formula One races. In 1994, Saturday was added, making it a weekend event. In 1996, Friday was added, making it a three-day event. In 2010, the Moving Motor Show was added on the Thursday.

Features and attractions Edit

1970 Porsche 917 going up the hill at the 2006 Festival of Speed

The hill climb Edit

Thanks to the event's classification as a hill climb, its location and desire to reflect the style and history of motor sport, visitors are afforded close views of the action - separated only by a few metres and reinforced straw bales from the track. Visitors are free to walk around several paddocks where the cars and drivers can be seen at close quarters. The atmosphere of the Festival of Speed, when compared to the separation of fans from drivers and machines common to most top end motor sport events, encourages participation by the fans.

The track has an elevation change of 92.7 metres, for an average gradient of 4.9%. The record time for the hillclimb was set in 1999 when Nick Heidfelddrove a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car up the hill in 41.6 seconds (100.385 mph). For safety reasons Formula One cars are no longer allowed to do official timed runs, and will often focus on demonstrations that are spectacular rather than fast. In 2006 Heikki Kovalainen completed the course in a Renault R25 F1 car and was unofficially timed below 40 seconds.

Soapbox challenge Edit

From 2000 to 2004 this was a downhill race for gravity-powered cars. Starting from just below the hill-climb finish line, to a finish line in front of the house. It included entries from Cosworth, Prodrive, and other top companies. With some famous riders/drivers piloting them, including Barry Sheene. However, there were frequent accidents. Despite an official cap on the cost of cars, the unofficial costs were becoming too high, so it did not return in 2005.

The forest rally stage Edit

From 2005 to present there has been a demonstration area for the rally cars at the top of the hill. Initially, in 2005, the track through the forest was widened, and the rally cars ran down through the forest, turned on the tarmac section just outside the wood, and returned up the same track. This meant that the cars could only run one-at-a-time. In 2006, a full forest stage was introduced, designed by Hannu Mikkola[3] this was a complete circuit, with a separate start and finish line at the top of the wood. This allowed the cars to start at timed intervals, allowing many more cars to run. Ever since its inception Southern Car Club have been entrusted with the organization of the rally stage, held under an MSA permit.

The sculpture Edit

Since 1997, there has been a spectacular Gerry Judah sculpture in front of Goodwood House usually incorporates rare race cars.

Supercar run Edit

Since 2000, there has been a Sunday Times Supercar Run, for road-goingsupercars. Since 2014 cars could opt to do a timed run. It is now common for specialty car manufacturers to show off their latest sports model, including newly released mass-produced sports models and working concept models.

Cartier Style et Luxe Edit

Since 1995 this is an auto show which takes place to the west of the house. It is a similar format to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Entry is usually by invitation, and this provides some leeway as to which type of vehicle can enter, usually resulting in a more varied event than usual Concours d'Elegance. Unlike most concours shows, the Cartier Style et Luxe is judged by a panel of selected judges consisting of celebrities from all around the world to car designers.

The Moving Motor Show Edit

Since 2010, the Moving Motor Show, was added. Mainly in response to the cancellation of the British International Motor Show aimed exclusively for buyers of new cars, allowing them a chance to test the cars on the course. Following its success, it was announced the MMS would return in 2011.

The 2010 event also included the running of the new McLaren MP4-12C.

The official website lists the Festival of speed dates as the Friday to Sunday, but the weekend tickets for the Festival include a moving motor show ticket. So it's not strictly part of the Festival of Speed, but it is a part of the Festival of Speed weekend.

Other Edit

Other popular attractions at the event are the real life replicas of the Wacky Races cars, which serves to provide lunchtime entertainment for the crowds, and the airshows, which usually include the RAF Tornado and Red Arrows, and in 2004 and 2005 a low-flying Boeing 747; a low-flying Airbus A380 appeared at the 2008 event.

Since its beginning, the poster art has been illustrated by renowned motor racing artist Peter Hearsey.

In recent years, they have also put on the GAS Arena (Goodwood Action Sports) who showcase extreme stunts such as Freestyle Motorcross, BMW and Trial bike Riding 

Other events Edit

The Festival of Speed has a sister event, the Goodwood Revival Meeting. This event, normally held in early September, relives the glory days of the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit.

Incidents Edit

There have been two separate fatal accidents at the event.

The first was during its inaugural meeting in 1993, when vintage racing motorcyclist Chas Guy was killed in practice following the completion of the course when his Vincent motorcycle developed a steering wobble known as atank slapper, throwing the rider into a tree. Since then, motorcycles are not timed for their run.

In 2000, driver John Dawson-Damer lost control of his Lotus 63, and crashed into the finish line gantry, killing himself and marshal Andrew Carpenter. Another marshal, Steve Tarrant, survived but sustained serious injuries to the lower part of his right leg. Since his recovery, despite his disability, he continues to marshal to this day. The gantry has since been made wider.

The central display Edit

Since 1997, a car manufacturer has been honored with a central display. They are designed by Gerry Judah, and erected on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, especially for the Festival of Speed each year. This is a list of the temporary monuments:

Year Photo Manufacturer Featured vehicles

(on the main display)

Comment Source
1997 Ferrari Ferrari F310B 50th anniversary [11]
1998 Porsche Porsche 936/81

Porsche 917-20 "Pink Pig"
Porsche 917 LH
Porsche 956
Porsche 911 GT1

50th anniversary [11][12]
1999 Audi Audi Avus quattro

Auto Union Type C Streamliner

Depicts the banking ofAvus as if the cars are racing together. The Streamliner is a replica built especially for the display [11][12][13]
2000 Jaguar Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar XK120
Jaguar C-Type
Jaguar D-Type
Jaguar XJR-5
Jaguar XJR-8

Depicts the cat's cradle. Celebrating its F1 debut [11][12]
2001 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300SL 100th anniversary, resembling a gush of liquid, falling and spreading as it hits the ground. [11][14]
2002 Renault Renault RS01

Renault RE40
Renault RE60
Williams FW14
Benetton B195
Williams FW18
Renault R202

Honouring its comeback in F1 racing. Depicting afeather [15]
2003 Ford Ford GT40 Mk. II 100th anniversary. Depicting the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race and its famous finish. As the actual cars were on track, those displayed are replicas. [16]
2004 Rolls-Royce Supermarine S.6

Campbell-Railton Blue Bird
Bluebird K4 replica

100th anniversary, indicating the brand's supremacy in record breaking on land, sea and air [17]
2005 Honda Honda RA272

Honda RA300
Lotus 99T
Williams FW11
McLaren MP4/4
BAR 006

Of them all displayed, three of these including two Hondas, as the genuine cars ran, are replicas. [18][19]
2006 Renault Renault Type AK 90CV

Renault R26

100th anniversary of Grand Prix racing. Used as a shelter for its Formula One cars that is designed to channel sound. Using alaptop, the cars can produce music out of its engine. Two tunes were performed, one of those played isGod Save the Queen [20]
2007 Toyota Toyota TS010

Toyota Celica GT-Four
Toyota GT-One
Lola B2/00
Toyota TF107

Inspired by the traditionaltorii gates. Celebrating its 75th anniversary and 50 years involvement in motor sport. [21][22]
2008 Land Rover Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Freelander
Range Rover

60th anniversary. Indicating the brand's "any terrain" essence. [23]
2009 Audi Audi R8

Auto Union Type C Streamliner

100th anniversary Sculpture depicting the road from the streamliner to the R8 forming a loop in front of the house. ,[24][24]
2010 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P2

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

100th anniversary [25]
2011 Jaguar Cars Celebrating 50 years of the Jaguar E-Type
2012 Lotus Lotus 49

Lotus 79
Lotus 99T
Lotus E20

'Past, Present and Future'
2013 Porsche Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
Porsche 911 991

50th anniversary of 911 [26]
2014 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz W25

Mercedes AMG W04

120 years in motorsport [27]
2015 Mazda Mazda 787B

Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo

2016 BMW BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, Brabham-BMW BT52 & BMW V12 LMR BMW Motorsport success [28]

Hillclimb fastest times Edit

Rank Year Driver Car Fastest Time
1 1999 Nick Heidfeld McLaren MP4/13 0:41.60
2 2003 Graeme Wight, Jr. Gould GR51 0:42.90
3 2008 Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.19
4 2009 Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.40
5 2014 Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak 0:44.60
6 2015 Olly Clark Subaru Impreza "Gobstopper II" 0:44.91
7 2014 Michael Bartels Maserati MC12 Goodwood Cent 100 0:45.82
8 2013 Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:45.95
9 2016 Olly Clark Subaru Impreza "Gobstopper II" 0:46.23
10 2012 Anthony Reid Chevron GR8 GT3 0:46.46

Appearance in Media Edit

Goodwood festival of speed event is available in Gran Turismo 6.

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