The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual motorsports festival featuring modern and historic motor racing vehicles taking part in a hill climb and other events, 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.

In the early years of the Festival, tens of thousands attended over the weekend. As of 2014 it attracted crowds of around 100,000 on each of the three days it was held. A record crowd of 158,000 attended in 2003,[dubious ] before an advance-ticket-only admission policy came into force; attendance was subsequently capped at 150,000.[1]



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.[2]

With a small selection of entrants made up of invited historic vehicles, the first event that took place on Sunday 20 June[3] 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 second event also clashed with Le Mans, 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. The 2020 event was cancelled then later run in October combined with events at Goodwood Motor Circuit, without spectators, but streamed online and shown on terrestrial TV. The event was modified to incorporate historic cars from the Revival, rally/sprint cars from the Member's Meeting, and an attempt to set a new track record.[4]

Features and attractions


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 1890 m track climbs 92.7 metres (has average gradient of 4.9%). Its record time was set in 2022 by Max Chilton in an electric McMurtry Automotive car at 39.081 seconds. The record time for a Formula 1 car is 41.6 seconds by Nick Heidfeld in 1999 in a McLaren MP4/13. For safety reasons Formula 1 cars can no longer do official timed runs so instead perform demonstrations.

In 2016 to commemorate 40 years since James Hunt won the F1 World Championship, McLaren invited Bruno Senna to speed a P1 GTR up the course.[5]

Soapbox challenge

From 2000 to 2004 the Soapbox Challenge 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 Stage

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[6] 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.

Michelin Supercar Paddock

Since 2000, there has been a supercar paddock (formerly 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.[7]

The Arena

The Arena is a new for 2019 attraction that showcases drifting and stunt driving. It is a large tarmac area that used to contain the Michelin Supercar Paddock, with 2 barrel donuts and 2 wall rides with a large viewing area just above the drift paddock. Spectators can watch stunt shows throughout the course of the day, the drift competition, and the hillclimb shootout on the big screen.

Future Lab

Officially the future science and technology pavilion at the Festival since 2017. Several major global reveals have debuted as part of this exhibition, including autonomous trucks by Einride, prototype flying cars like Airspeeder and autonomous delivery vehicle kar-go. [8]

Cartier Style et Luxe

Since 1995[9] 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.[10]

Moving Motor Show

From 2010 until 2018, 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.[11] Following its success, it was announced the MMS would return in 2011.[12]

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 listed the Festival of speed dates as the Friday to Sunday, but the weekend tickets for the Festival included a moving motor show ticket.From 2019 the Festival of Speed has been a four day event with no moving motor show.[13] So it's not strictly part of the Festival of Speed, but it is a part of the Festival of Speed weekend.


Other popular attractions at the event are the real life replicas of the Wacky Races cars (Thursday was known as Press preview day, then incorporated 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.[14]

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 [15]

In 2018, for the first time at the Festival - as part of the Future Lab exhibition [8] - a driverless Roborace racing car negotiated the course, and a virtual passenger seat experience was made available online.[16] In 2019, the car made an official run in 66.96 seconds.[17]

Other events

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.


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.[18]

Central display

Aston Martin set up a central display for the first FOS in 1993.[19](registration required) Since 1997, the display erected on the lawn in front of Goodwood House has been designed by the sculptor Gerry Judah.[20] 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 Subject Featured vehicles
(on the main display)
Comment Source
1997 Ferrari Ferrari F310B 50th anniversary [19][21]
1998 Porsche Porsche 936/81
Porsche 917-20 "Pink Pig"
Porsche 917 LH
Porsche 956
Porsche 911 GT1
50th anniversary [19][21][22]
1999 Goodwood Festival of Speed 1999 sculpture.jpg 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 [19][21][22][23]
2000 Goodwood-festival-of-speed-2000.jpg 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 [21][22]
2001 Mercedes central display Goodwood 2001 001.jpg Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300SL 100th anniversary, resembling a gush of liquid, falling and spreading as it hits the ground. [21][24]
2002 FOS 2002 Renault Display.jpg Renault Renault RS01
Renault RE40
Renault RE60
Williams-Renault FW14
Benetton-Renault B195
Williams-Renault FW18
Renault R202
Honouring its comeback in F1 racing. Depicting a feather [19][25]
2003 The Ford Central Display at the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Designed by Gerry Judah 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. [19][26]
2004 The Rolls-Royce Central Display at the 2004 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Designed by Gerry Judah 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 [27]
2005 2005FOS HondaF1CarDisplay.jpg Honda Honda RA272
Honda RA300
Lotus-Honda 99T
Williams-Honda FW11
McLaren-Honda MP4/4
BAR-Honda 006
40th anniversary of its first Formula One victory. For the first time, the arms moved, raising and lowering the cars. [19][28][29][30]
2006 The Renault Central Display at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Designed by Gerry Judah 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 [31]
2007 FOS2007 ToyotaStructure.jpg Toyota Toyota TS010
Toyota Celica GT-Four
Toyota GT-One
Lola-Toyota B2/00
Toyota TF107
Inspired by the traditional torii gates. Celebrating its 75th anniversary and 50 years involvement in motor sport. [19][32][33][34]
2008 Goodwood-land-rover-art-installation.jpg 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. [32][35]
2009 Audi-Goodwood-1.jpg 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. [19][32][36]
2010 Alfa romeo sculpture.jpg Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
100th anniversary [19][32][37]
2011 2011 Goodwood FoS sculpture.JPG Jaguar Cars Jaguar E-Type Celebrating 50 years of the model [32][38]
2012 Lotus sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed.jpg Lotus Lotus 49
Lotus 79
Lotus 99T
Lotus E20
'Past, Present and Future' [32][39]
2013 Festival of Speed sculpture 2013 (9272940946).jpg Porsche Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
Porsche 911 991
50th anniversary of 911 [32][40]
2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Central Feature.jpg Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz W25
Mercedes AMG W04
120 years in motorsport: an arch over Goodwood House [32]


2015 Mazda central display Goodwood 2015 001.jpg 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. [32][42]
2016 The BMW Central Display at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Designed by Gerry Judah BMW BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster
Brabham-BMW BT52
BMW Motorsport success [43][44][45]
2017 2017 Goodwood FOS Display.jpg 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. [46]
2018 Porsche Central Feature (42519113235).jpg Porsche Porsche 356
Porsche 917
Porsche 959
Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 919 Le Mans Prototype
Porsche 911R[47]
70 years since the first production Porsche
2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 monument (48242794781).jpg 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.
2021 Lotus

BMW M1 Procar




Celebration of 50 years of BMW M.

Hillclimb Shootout Winners

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 United Kingdom Willie Green Surtees-Cosworth TS20 0:56.30
2 1994 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot MP4/9 0:47.80
3 1995 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Williams-Ford Cosworth FW08B 0:46.06
4 1996 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Williams-Ford Cosworth FW07B 0:45.00
5 1997 Germany Nick Heidfeld McLaren-Mercedes MP4/11B 0:47.30
6 1998 Germany Nick Heidfeld McLaren-Mercedes MP4/12 0:48.30
7 1999 Germany Nick Heidfeld McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 0:41.60
8 2000 United Kingdom Martin Stretton Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth P34 0:45.05
9 2001 United Kingdom David Franklin Ferrari 712 Can Am 0:48.26
10 2002 New Zealand Rod Millen Toyota Celica Pikes Peak 0:47.40
11 2003 United Kingdom Graeme Wight, Jr. Gould-Cosworth GR51 0:42.90
12 2004 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR-12 0:49.26
13 2005 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR-12 0:47.96
14 2006 United Kingdom Richard Lyons Nissan 350Z GT500 0:49.51
15 2007 United Kingdom Anthony Reid Nissan 350Z GT500 0:53.78
16 2008 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.19
17 2009 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.40
18 2010 New Zealand Roger Wills Williams-Ford Cosworth FW05 0:47.15
19 2011 United Kingdom Dan Collins Lotus-Ford Cosworth 88 0:48.52
20 2012 United Kingdom Anthony Reid Chevron-Nissan GR8 GT3 0:46.46
21 2013 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:45.95
22 2014 France Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak 0:44.60
23 2015 United Kingdom Olly Clark Subaru Impreza "Gobstopper II" 0:44.91
24 2016 United Kingdom Olly Clark Subaru Impreza "Gobstopper II" 0:46.23
25 2017 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR-12D 0:46.13
26 2018 France Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R 0:43.86
27 2019 France Romain Dumas Volkswagen I.D. R 0:42.32[48]
28 2021 United Kingdom Rob Bell Mclaren 720S GT3X 0:45.01
29 2022 United Kingdom Max Chilton McMurtry Spéirling 0:39.08[49]


Appearance in media

Goodwood Festival of Speed event is available in Gran Turismo 6 and the track is available in Gran Turismo Sport and Gran Turismo 7. 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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