That's right - A festival of speed at Goodwood House!
Every summer, the Duke of Richmond (formerly Lord March) holds a bit of a party at his place: That's the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's a ticket-only event, but you're all invited. It helps if you're a bit of a petrolhead, but it's not essential.
Actually, it's quite a glamorous affair: well, it is hosted by a Duke no less.
Let me walk you through why this may interest you. It is a full day, or you can make a weekend of it.
This post is based on two visits from 2009 and 2011, which means we are very much overdue to return.
Where is the Goodwood Festival?
How to get to the Goodwood Festival
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is run at the Duke of Richmond's ancestral home of Goodwood House, in the beautiful county of East Sussex, just 30 miles west of Brighton.
Goodwood House lies deep in the countryside, so unless you are staying really close you will be caught up in some traffic delays.
You can of course come by rail, to Chichester, and take a Taxi or a bus, however they are likely to experience the same traffic delays as those arriving by car.
The good news is that there's likely to be some automotive exotica to be seen arriving at the event along with you.
If you come by car, the event is extremely well organised, and you'll be placed into one of the car parks in next to no time. Just prepare yourself, enjoy the wait, smile at the Policemen and relax.
Of course you can improve the situation by staying somewhere closer. As you'd expect these places get booked up really quickly for the event weekend.
What to expect at Goodwood FestivalGlamour & Speed
Some people want to be seen, others perhaps less so; the one thing they have in common is their love for the automobile. That's right, it attracts an international crowd.
So whether it's famous faces or famous cars, keep your eyes open.
Highlights from the Goodwood FestivalElegant Ladies
I spotted these Audis when we visited the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, in Bavaria.
Now, I could hear and smell them as their nervous mechanics prepared these fickle ladies to once again stretch their legs and tackle the hill.
Where to stay near the Goodwood Festival
Famous Faces at the Goodwood Festival of SpeedAnd rubbing shoulders ...
David Coulthard, 13 times Formula One race winner, was happy to sign programs as he walked the paddock.
Good folks, like Derek Bell, five times Le Mans winner, three times Daytona 24hrs winner, prepare to take on the hill.
And anyone remember this guy?
The 1996 Formula 1 World Champion, Damon Hill wearing the crash helmet his father made famous, featuring a simple but effective design of white oar blades on a blue background, inspired by the colours of the London Rowing Club, of which Graham was a member.
Exotic cars at the Goodwood FestivalBut they're here to…
Again, there are museum pieces here; we spotted the Mercedes SLA Stirling Moss at the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart.
But we saw it being driven by the magnificent, late, great Sir Stirling Moss.
Why not try Thursday or Friday?
A day at the Goodwood Festival of SpeedThere is so much more though
Each year has a theme. In 2023, it was 'Goodwood 75', marking not just 30 years of the Festival but three-quarters of a century of motoring and motorsport at Goodwood, the Motor Circuit having opened back in 1948.
Weather depending, (remember it's held in the British Summer, after all), there will be an air display by the Red Arrows.
There's a chance to climb (or take the transport provided) to the top of the hill and watch the rally cars of the past and present tackle the forest stage. You'll also catch the cars that have arrived at the top, before they make the return run.
There is generally the ability to look at some of the latest and greatest cars brought by motor manufacturers; there are family areas, action sports areas, places to eat and shops.
Remember, wear comfortable casual clothes; you're going to be out and about exploring a
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