Preview – Top 10 things to do at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Toyota Camry NASCAR Goodwood Festival of Speed

THESE ARE THE top 10 things to do at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is arguably Britain’s top motoring event, and 2015 looks set to be bigger than ever. But with so much to do and only so much time to do it in, it can be overwhelming. So, we’ve come up with our top 10 things you have to do at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Or if you can’t make it, see our huge picture gallery instead.

10. Wander the car park

Goodwood Festival of Speed car park Ferrari

The Festival of Speed is almost exclusively attended by petrolheads, and petrolheads drive interesting cars. This makes the car park a separate motorshow all on its own, well worth a wander at the end of the day.

9. Aerial displays

Goodwood Festival of Speed Red Arrows

The midday aerial shows are always pretty spectacular (weather permitting, of course), be it the Red Arrows or the enormous Avro Vulcan bomber, the sound and sight of which just above your head is something you’ll never forget.

8. Manufacturer stands

McLaren P1 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The scale and quantity of manufacturer stands increases every year and they’re always worth poking around to see the latest models and blag some freebies (arrive early before they’re all gone though!).

7. Cartier Style et Luxe

Lamborghini Miura Cartier Style et Luxe Goodwood Festival of Speed

Every year, some of the most beautiful, exclusive and expensive cars in the world are judged by art critics, designers and celebrities in the Cartier Style et Luxe concours. Best of all, you can walk amongst them, just don’t scratch them!

6. Central sculpture

Mercedes Grand Prix central sculpture Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

Every year, artist Gerry Judah outdoes himself with the central sculpture outside Goodwood House. Pictures simply doesn’t do it justice but when you stand underneath and look up or catch a glimpse of the top of it from behind the trees on the other side of the site, you’ll be impressed. This year’s featured marque is Mazda.

5. Goodwood Action Sports Arena

Goodwood Festival of Speed Action Sports Arena GAS

A relatively recent addition to the Festival of Speed but an incredibly popular one. Watch in amazement as young men hurl themselves into the air, often upside down, on two-wheeled machines. And they hardly ever fall off!

4. Wander the paddocks

Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro Le Mans Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nowhere else in the world can you get up close and personal with championship winning cars from the Le Mans, F1, Rallying and pretty much any race series you care to name. The sounds and smells are just as big a part of the experience too.

3. Autograph hunting

Nico Rosberg Goodwood Festival of Speed

While you’re in the paddocks, you can catch up with your favourite drivers as they prepare to hit the hillclimb or as they simply check out all the other cars (they’re motorsport fans too, you know!). If you’re nice and polite you could even ask for an autograph or picture.

2. Forest Rally Stage

Often forgotten, the Forest Rally Stage at the top of the hill runs all weekend and sees rally stars, old and new, hit the fast and twisting Hannu Mikkola-designed rally stage. There are shuttles services up and down too, if you don’t fancy the uphill trek.

1. Watch the hillclimb

It may sound obvious, but with so much else to do you must make time to watch the action from the hillclimb itself. There will be noise and smells galore as cars and bikes speed, wheelie, burnout and donut their way up the hill. Don’t miss the timed top 20 shootout on Sunday afternoon too.

Don’t forget to have a look at our 2015 Festival of Speed mega picture gallery, which will updated throughout the weekend with even more pictures.

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