Goodwood Festival of Speed
Location: Goodwood House, West Sussex, England,
Does any single event create as much of a feel-good factor as the Goodwood Festival of Speed?
This year should again see six-figure attendance rates in the glorious setting of Goodwood House from June 23-26.
The estate is dripping with British car racing history, and the tradition was revived in 1993 when the speed festival became a fixture on the classic UK automotive calendar.
High-octane bikes and cars from across the globe will once again congregate on host Lord March’s lawn. This year’s theme is Full throttle - the endless pursuit of power.
Hair-raising hill climbs and fantastic F1 racers
Its average gradient is 4.9%, its elevation change is 92.7m and it gives hundreds of thousands of petrol-heads pleasure every year. We’re talking about the festival’s world-famous hill climb.
There’s a real buzzing atmosphere, with spectators able to get up close to racing superstars like no other racing festival. This year’s full bill has yet to be announced, but 2009 F1 champ Jenson Button is among the event’s regulars.
Organisers like to extend a welcome to the drivers of tomorrow too, so in future you can say you saw them first. Grand prix masters past are also remembered in a celebration of four decades since McLaren and British favourite James Hunt took the F1 crown.
Don’t leave without…
• Taking a look at the Indianapolis 500 celebrations: Can you believe the iconic race is now celebrating its 100th edition? Emerson Fittipaldi and Graham Hill are among the greatest participants toasted here
• Wishing the Can-Am “happy birthday”: It’s also 50 years since the Canadian-American events first got off the ground. This is your chance to savour these powerful lightweight superstars with their distinctive thundering sound.
• Getting a glimpse of the Moss/Jenks Mercedes Benz: It seems amazing today, but Sir Stirling Moss pushed this machine up to 170mph over 60 years ago
• Catching the Moving Motor Show: This curtain-raiser sees a marvellous montage of cars, innovations and concepts
Get a ticket
Adult tickets start from £32 on the Thursday and £55 on the Friday. Young people aged 13 to 21 can get in for half price and children 12 or under go free. Adults can also snap up a weekend ticket for £147.