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What A Brilliant Day at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex

What a wonderful day out Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex is, so much to see and do for young and old, simply packed full of entertainment whether you are a petrol head or just having a passing interest in motor sport.

We were newbies to the Festival so when we arrived early on Friday morning, when to be fair the weather was a little damp, we weren’t sure what to expect. The first thing that hits you is the sheer scale of the event, its huge… the car parks alone stretch for miles (do make sure you make a note of where you parked because finding it later is a challenge).

Once inside you are straight in to manufacturer display areas that are located near the start line of the Hillclimb.  Here you will find lots of sparkly new and exhibition cars from some of the world’s top car manufacturers.  While making your way through the stands you can’t help but hear the cars roaring away from the start line, its amazing how exciting the noise is, and so you quickly move on to see some of the action.

The Hillclimb circuit is the centre piece of the Festival of Speed, weaving its way from the entrance/start line past Goodwood House and up to the forest finish line 300 feet higher on the chalky South Downs.  The straw bale lined circuit lets you be safely close to the action so you can not only hear but smell the rubber being burnt!  There are grandstands along the track but you can also just walk and find a good spot to watch the action.

There is a full programme on the Hillclimb throughout the day including vintage cars, grand prix motor cycles, Formula 1 cars, rally and touring cars and supercars… some racing, some doughnutting, some simply out on show!

Walk through all the paddocks and see all the cars up close, when they are not performing of course.  From the Grand Prix cars who seem to have teams of people working on them with all the electronic gadgetry to the vintage cars where you can simple appreciate their beautiful designs and admire the nerve it must have required to drive them at fall speed with so little protection.

However there is so much more than the Hillclimb.

I was not expecting the air display to be so awesome, but the Red Arrows performing dare-devil stunts across the bright blue sky was pretty special.  And as for the Eurofighter performing high-speed manoeuvres, wow!

The off-road activity centre looked great fun, and great to get some pictures of vehicles being pushed to their limits.

At the very top of the estate you will find the rally stage, see cars navigate this professionally laid out 1.5 mile circuit through the forest against the clock.

As we headed back down we discovered the huge display areas where there is everything from ‘cars of the future’ to the awe-inspiring prototype of the car that hopes to break the 1,000 mile an hour land speed.  Just as we were wandering around this area we saw the amazing Moto X display with motorbikes quite literally flying through the air in every direction – definitely wish we had got their earlier as it was quite a sight.

If you are going over the weekend have a fantastic time… a couple of tips:

  • take some good walking shoes, there is a lot of walking and standing
  • prepare for all-weather – we had glorious sunshine (requiring shades and sunscreen), wind (jumper/coat needed) and rain (umbrella/waterproof) during the day
  • take quite a lot of cash as most stands for food, programmes etc don’t do credit cards
  • take some food along with you, no food is cheap… burgers are £6 ish

However, don’t let this put you off, it is a spectacularly good day and we would highly recommend it.

Click to see our pictures of the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Facebook or here to find out more about how to get there and where to stay when visiting.

 

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

We’re on way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed today in West Sussex. Really looking forward to it, but hoping the sun will put in an appearance soon!

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The Aviation Exhibition at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Preparation for the Festival of Speed is well under way and this year promises to deliver an incredible event for all attending.

The Festival will see the return of some of the most popular jet aircraft to take to the skies above Goodwood in recent years. Fast jets will dominate Friday, Saturday and Sunday with startling shows as they cruise through their popular display for the Festival goers. For the first time The Goodwood Aviation Show is being relocated within the Festival of Speed’s stunning Goodwood Parkland site.

On Thursday 28 June, all Goodwood Aviation Exhibition attendees will also be given full free access to the Moving Motor Show and static Festival of Speed displays and attractions, including the race car and motorcycle paddocks, Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance, Formula 1 paddock, exhilarating displays from Goodwood Action Sports, vehicle exhibition stands, retail market, Junior FoS, FoS-TECH, and many other attractions.

Latest from the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition

  • Military Aircraft. An exciting addition this year will be The Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) displaying a Lynx Mark7 and an Apache AH1 helicopter.
  • Daher-Socata. Catch DAHER-SOCATA and the recently launched TBM 850 Elite at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Aviation Exhibition.
  • Cessna. Cessna will be attending this year’s Aviation Exhibition, bringing a Citation Mustang business jet and Stationair 206 piston model.
  • Waco Aircraft. WACO Aircraft, the only FAA and EASA certified manufacturer of 1930’s open cockpit sport biplanes worldwide will be attending.
  • British Airways Simulator. British Airways’ Boeing 787 mobile simulator is coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed Aviation Exhibition.
  • Pilatus in Attendance. Pilatus will be exhibiting the Swiss manufactured $4.6 million Pilatus PC-12 and PC-6 Turbo Porter.

Find out more about the Goodwood Festival of Speed that starts on the 28th June 2012

 

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