THE 2016 GOODWOOD Festival of Speed is right around the corner; make the most of it with our Top 10 Things To Do preview.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the highlight of Britain’s automotive calendar. It is an enormous event, covering acres upon acres of the Goodwood Estate with static and moving attractions; understandably it is easy to get lost or overwhelmed by it. But fear not, just follow our Top 10 Things To Do and you’ll get the most out of the event.
10. Explore the car parks
The Festival of Speed is almost exclusively attended by petrolheads, and petrolheads drive interesting cars. Therefore creating a secondary motorshow of some of the weirdest and wonderfulest (yes, I know it’s not a word, but it should be!) cars that the British public have to offer. Whether on your way in or your way out, it’s well worth a wander.
9. The aerial displays
Not technically cars, although they do have wheels, there will be something very interesting in the skies above Goodwood House at lunchtime. The Avro Vulcan bomber, a fan favourite in recent years, may now have been retired but the Red Arrows are due to make a thrilling appearance. Weather permitting, of course!
8. The manufacturer stands
The big manufacturers pull out all the stops on their stands. Bear in mind that they’re temporary as well, and you’ll be in awe and the scale of the things! They’ll also have their newest models on show so you can have a proper nose around and there may even be some free swag on offer if you get there early.
7. Cartier Style et Luxe concours
Supercars, luxury cars, concepts and priceless one-offs will all be on show in the Cartier Style et Luxe. They’re there to be judged by celebs, artists, architects and the likes, but you and I can wander through as well and bask in the kind of life we couldn’t ever hope to live.
6. GAS Arena
The Goodwood Action Sports Arena is a fairly recent addition to the Festival of Speed but has proved to be extremely popular. Watch in utter amazement as irritatingly young, muscular and good looking men hurl themselves into the air on two-wheeled machines!
5. The central sculpture
Every year, artist Gerry Judah absolutely outdoes himself with the colossal central sculpture on the front lawn of Goodwood House. Pictures never do it justice, so get up close and stand underneath or take in the full majesty from across the site. This year’s featured marque is BMW and the early sneak peaks look promising.
4. The F1 Paddock
Nowhere else on earth can you get this close to this many legendary cars from the worlds of Formula One, Le Mans, Rallying and pretty much any race series you could care to mention from the last 100 years and even earlier! The sounds and smells are something you’ll still remember for weeks to come as well.
3. Meet the drivers
Talking of getting close to legends, the F1 paddock will also see star drivers as well, as they prepare for their runs up the hill or simply just checking out the other cars and bikes on show. They’re usually in a pretty jovial mood too, so why not pluck up the courage to ask for an autograph or even a cheeky selfie.
2. The Forest Rally Stage
Often forgotten at the top of the hill, the Forest Rally Stage offers the opportunity to watch rally cars of all ages tackle the tight, twisty and extremely low-grip course. If you’ve never been to a rally, it’s the next best thing. Enjoy the pops, bangs and whistles reverberating through the trees too.
1. The hillclimb
Kind of obvious really, but the number one thing you need to do at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is enjoy the main attraction itself; the hillclimb. All manner of cars and bikes from road, circuit and stage will take to the hill, either going for the record time or performing tricks and stunts for the crowd. Find yourself a good spot and settle in, it’ll be well and truly awesomesauce!
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