Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) is one of the major global motoring events of the year and is held just outside of Hampshire in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex.

Randy Mamola and Lord March – 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo by Brett Payne

The main focus is on the hill climb where all forms of motorsport are covered. There is also a challenging loose-surface Forest Rally Stage, the high-speed Supercar Run, the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance, world debuts of new car models and the FoS-TECH technology pavilion with its advanced automotive technology displays.

The event which was founded in 1993 by Lord March attracts famous names in all forms of motorsport such as Lewis Hamilton, Bruno Senna, Sir Jackie Stewart, Martin Brundle, Murray Walker, Sir Frank Williams, Marcus Gronholm, Ken Block, Casey Stoner and many more. Around 150,000 visitors attend each year.

The record time for the hillclimb was set in 1999 when Nick Heidfeld drove a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car up the hill in 41.6 seconds (100.385 mph). This is unlikely to be beaten due to safety restrictions.

Held in late June or early July, the event is scheduled to fit into the motor racing calendar to prevent a date clash with the Formula One season.

Once experienced, for many it becomes a permanent date in the diary.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013