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.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

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.

New for 2019: The Arena

Get closer than ever before to the legends of drift. New for 2019, The Arena will be dedicated to cars that travel best sideways; four-wheeled drift cars!

Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday visitors will be in awe, witnessing drift cars shredding tyres, stunt drivers doing the daring, insane and unimaginable with car and motorcycle displays. The Arena will showcase some of the biggest stars and daredevils.

Signing sessions will be scheduled each day giving fans the chance to meet their heroes.

Who attends?

The event which was founded in 1993 by Lord March attracts famous names in all forms of motorsport such as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, 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.

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

The hillclimb record

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.

Nick Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld

When is The Festival of Speed?

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.

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Photos of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

Photos of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

Photos of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012