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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, England in 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.

Goodwood Festival of Speed
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Festival of Speed, 2011
LocationGoodwood House, West Sussex, England
Time zoneBST
OwnerCharles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond
Opened1993
Major eventsGoodwood Festival of Speed
Hillclimb
Length1.86 km (1.16 mi)
Turns9
Race lap record0:39.90 (France Romain Dumas, Volkswagen I.D. R, 2019)
Forest Rally Stage
Length2.5 km (1.5 mi)

In the early years of the Festival, tens of thousands attended over the weekend; as of 2014 it 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 was subsequently capped at 150,000.[1]

HistoryEdit

FoundingEdit

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 (who later became Duke of Richmond) 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 attractionsEdit

HillclimbEdit

 
1970 Porsche 917 going up the hill at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
Ligier JS P3 at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The event is classified as a hill climb, and visitors are accorded close access to that part of the track. 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 2019 when Romain Dumas drove the electric Volkswagen I.D. R clocking in at 39.9 seconds. The record time for a Formula 1 car is 41.6, set by Nick Heidfeld in 1999 in a McLaren MP4/13.[2] 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 2016, to commemorate the 40 year anniversary of James Hunt winning the F1 World Championship, McLaren commissioned a P1 GTR which ran up the hill driven by Bruno Senna.[3]

Soapbox challengeEdit

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. However, it did return in 2013. Companies such as Bentley and McLaren competed.

Forest Rally StageEdit

 
Mini Cooper S crossing the finish line of Forest Rally Stage

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[4] 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.

Supercar runEdit

Since 2000, there has been a Michelin Supercar Run (Formally sponsored by Microsoft Windows and The Times), for road-going supercars. 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 LuxeEdit

Since 1995[5] 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.[6]

Moving Motor ShowEdit

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.[7] Following its success, it was announced the MMS would return in 2011.[8]

 
McLaren MP4-12C at the 2010 Festival of Speed

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.[9] So it's not strictly part of the Festival of Speed, but it is a part of the Festival of Speed weekend.

OtherEdit

Other popular attractions at the event are the real life replicas of the Wacky Races cars (Thursday is now known as Press preview day but still incorporates The Moving Motor Show), 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.

From the festival's beginning, poster art had been illustrated by renowned motor racing artist Peter Hearsey until his retirement in 2015. In 2016, the poster art was designed by Klaus Wagger, who rose to prominence as a racing artist when he won a competition to design the official poster for Mille Miglia in 2000.[10]

In recent years, they have also put on the GAS Arena (Goodwood Action Sports) who showcase extreme stunts such as Freestyle Motorcross, BMX and Trial bike Riding [11]

In 2018, for the first time at the Festival, a driverless Roborace racing car negotiated the course, and a virtual passenger seat experience was made available online.[12] In 2019, the car made an official run in 66.96 seconds.[13]

Other eventsEdit

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

IncidentsEdit

There have been two 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 a tank 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.[14]

Central displayEdit

Aston Martin set up a central display for the first FOS in 1993.[15] Since 1997, the display erected on the lawn in front of Goodwood House has been designed by the sculptor Gerry Judah.[16] The displays honoured car marques until 2017, when for the first time it honoured a career, that of Bernie Ecclestone. 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 [15][17]
1998 Porsche Porsche 936/81
Porsche 917-20 "Pink Pig"
Porsche 917 LH
Porsche 956
Porsche 911 GT1
50th anniversary [15][17][18]
1999   Audi Audi Avus quattro
Auto Union Type C Streamliner
Depicts the banking of Avus as if the cars are racing together. The Streamliner is a replica built especially for the display [15][17][18][19]
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 [17][18]
2001   Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300SL 100th anniversary, resembling a gush of liquid, falling and spreading as it hits the ground. [17][20]
2002   Renault Renault RS01
Renault RE40
Renault RE60
Williams FW14
Benetton B195
Williams FW18
Renault R202
Honouring its comeback in F1 racing. Depicting a feather [15][21]
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. [15][22]
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 [23]
2005   Honda Honda RA272
Honda RA300
Lotus 99T
Williams FW11
McLaren MP4/4
BAR 006
For the first time, the arms moved, raising and lowering the cars. [15][24][25]
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 a laptop, the cars can produce music out of its engine. Two tunes were performed, one of those played is God Save the Queen [26]
2007   Toyota Toyota TS010
Toyota Celica GT-Four
Toyota GT-One
Lola B2/00
Toyota TF107
Inspired by the traditional torii gates. Celebrating its 75th anniversary and 50 years involvement in motor sport. [15][27][28][29]
2008   Land Rover Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Freelander
Range Rover
60th anniversary. Indicating the brand's "any terrain" essence by depicting a rock. [27][30]
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. [15][27][31][31]
2010   Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
100th anniversary [15][27][32]
2011   Jaguar Cars Jaguar E-Type Celebrating 50 years of the model [27][33]
2012   Lotus Lotus 49
Lotus 79
Lotus 99T
Lotus E20
'Past, Present and Future' [27][34]
2013   Porsche Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
Porsche 911 991
50th anniversary of 911 [27][35]
2014   Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz W25
Mercedes AMG W04
120 years in motorsport: an arch over Goodwood House [27]

[36]

2015   Mazda Mazda 787B
Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo
Celebrating Mazda´s Challenger Spirit with both the racing legends of its illustrious sporting past and the stylish cars of its current range. [27][37]
2016   BMW BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster
Brabham-BMW BT52
BMW V12 LMR
BMW Motorsport success [38][39][40]
2017   Bernie Ecclestone Connaught Type B
Lotus 72
Brabham BT49
Ferrari F2001
Mercedes F1 W07
In 2017, for the first time ever, the Central Feature celebrated an individual rather than a marque: Bernie Ecclestone, the man responsible for transforming Formula 1 into a multibillion-dollar global phenomenon. [41]
2018   Porsche Porsche 356
Porsche 917
Porsche 959
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 919 Le Mans Prototype
Porsche 911R[42]
70 years since the first production Porsche
2019   Aston Martin Aston Martin DBR1 70 years since Aston Martin's first race at Goodwood, when W.G. Bingley finished 10th and 60 years since their 1-2 victory at Le Mans.

Hillclimb Shootout WinnersEdit

The Hill Climb Shootout or The Sunday Shootout, is an event during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in which a selection of drivers with the fastest Hillclimb times of the weekend compete to get to the finish line the fastest.

Number Year Driver Car Fastest Time
1 1993   Willie Green Surtees Cosworth TS20 0:56.30
2 1994   Martin Brundle McLaren MP4/9 0:47.80
3 1995   Jonathan Palmer Williams FW08B 0:46.06
4 1996   Jonathan Palmer Williams FW07B 0:45.00
5 1997   Nick Heidfeld McLaren MP4/11B 0:47.30
6 1998   Nick Heidfeld McLaren MP4/12 0:48.30
7 1999   Nick Heidfeld McLaren MP4/13 0:41.60
8 2000   Martin Stretton Tyrrell P34 0:45.05
9 2001   David Franklin Ferrari 712 Can Am 0:48.26
10 2002   Rod Millen Toyota Celica Pikes Peak 0:47.40
11 2003   Graeme Wight, Jr. Gould GR51 0:42.90
12 2004   Justin Law Jaguar XJR-12 0:49.26
13 2005   Justin Law Jaguar XJR-12 0:47.96
14 2006   Richard Lyons Nissan 350Z GT500 0:49.51
15 2007   Anthony Reid Nissan 350Z GT500 0:53.78
16 2008   Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.19
17 2009   Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.40
18 2010   Roger Wills Williams Cosworth FW05 0:47.15
19 2011   Dan Collins Lotus Cosworth 88 0:48.52
20 2012   Anthony Reid Chevron GR8 GT3 0:46.46
21 2013   Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:45.95
22 2014   Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak 0:44.60
23 2015   Olly Clark Subaru Impreza "Gobstopper II" 0:44.91
24 2016   Olly Clark Subaru Impreza "Gobstopper II" 0:46.23
25 2017   Justin Law Jaguar XJR-12D 0:46.13
26 2018   Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R 0:43.86
27 2019   Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R 0:42.32

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Appearance in mediaEdit

Goodwood Festival of Speed event is available in Gran Turismo 6. Sky Sports gives live coverage throughout the weekend and ITV show the highlights. As of 2019 it is also streamed on YouTube.

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