Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood FoS 2011.JPG
Location Goodwood House, West Sussex, England
Time zone BST
Owner Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara
Opened 1993
Major events Goodwood Festival of Speed
Hillclimb
Length 1.86 km (1.16 mi)
Turns 9
Lap record 0:41.6 (Nick Heidfeld, McLaren, 1999)
Forest Rally Stage
Length 2.5 km (1.5 mi)



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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles 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; it currently attracts crowds of around 100,000 on each of the three days it is now held. A record crowd of 158,000 attended in 2003, before an advance-ticket-only admission policy came into force; attendance is now capped at 150,000.[1]

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

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 (as he is formally known) 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. With a small selection of entrants made up of invited historic vehicles, the first event that took place on Sunday 13 June 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. For the following year, the event expanded to two days, and in 1996 added one extra day on Friday. After its date clash for the first event, Lord March would ensure that the event would never be allowed to clash with either Le Mans or Formula One races.

Features and attractions[edit]

Between 2000 and 2004, one of the unique features of the event was the Soapbox Challenge, a downhill race for gravity-powered cars. However, as accidents became frequent, costs of cars became higher, and safety rules became tighter, it did not return in 2005. The specially-built forest stage for rally cars was introduced that year. The other unique feature from 1997 until present is the spectacular Gerry Judah sculpture in front of Goodwood House incorporating rare racecars.

1970 Porsche 917 going up the hill at the 2006 Festival of Speed

One of the other most popular attractions is the Sunday Times Supercar Run for road-going supercars, which has been running since 2000. It is now common for speciality car manufacturers to show off their latest sports model, including newly released mass-produced sports models and working concept models.

Other popular attractions at the event are the real life replicas of the Wacky Races cars, 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.

For a change of pace, also held is the Cartier Style et Luxe, an auto show which takes place close to the track, similar 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. Since its beginning, the poster art has been illustrated by renowned motor racing artist Peter Hearsey.

Sébastien Buemi demonstrating a Red Bull RB1 Formula One car at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Other factors also make the Festival of Speed unique as a motor sport event. Thanks to the event's classification as a hill climb, its location and desire to reflect the style and history of motor sport, visitors are afforded close views of the action - separated only by a few metres and reinforced straw bales from the track. Visitors are free to walk around several paddocks where the cars and drivers can be seen at close quarters. The atmosphere of the Festival of Speed, when compared to the separation of fans from drivers and machines common to most top end motor sport events, encourages participation by the fans.

The track has an elevation change of 92.7 metres, for an average gradient of 4.9%. The record time for the hillclimb was set in 1999 when Nick Heidfeld drove a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car up the hill in 41.6 seconds (100.385 mph). For safety reasons Formula One cars are no longer allowed to do official timed runs, and will often focus on demonstrations that are spectacular rather than fast. In 2006 Heikki Kovalainen completed the course in a Renault R25 F1 car and was unofficially timed below 40 seconds.[2]

Other events[edit]

McLaren MP4-12C at the 2010 Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed has a sister event, the Goodwood Revival Meeting. This event, normally held in early September, relives the glory days of the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit.

For 2010, an unofficial fourth day was added to the event prior to the opening day. Dubbed the Moving Motor Show, it was added 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.[3] Following its success, it was announced the MMS would return in 2011.[4]

The 2010 event also included the running of the new McLaren MP4-12C.

Incidents[edit]

There have been two separate 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.[5] Since his recovery, despite his disability, he continues to marshal to this day. The gantry has since been made wider.

Car manufacturers honoured with a central display[edit]

This is a list of temporary monuments, all designed by Gerry Judah, erected each year on the lawn in front of Goodwood House for the Festival of Speed:

Year Photo Manufacturer Featured vehicles
(on the main display)
Comment Source
1997 Ferrari Ferrari F310B 50th anniversary [6]
1998 Porsche Porsche 936/81
Porsche 917-20 "Pink Pig"
Porsche 917 LH
Porsche 956
Porsche 911 GT1
50th anniversary [6][7]
1999 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 [6][7][8]
2000 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 [6][7]
2001 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300SL 100th anniversary, resembling a gush of liquid, falling and spreading as it hits the ground. [6][9]
2002 FOS 2002 Renault Display.jpg Renault Renault RS01
Renault RE40
Renault RE60
Williams FW14
Benetton B195
Williams FW18
Renault R202
Honouring its comeback in F1 racing. Depicting a feather [10]
2003 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. [11]
2004 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 [12]
2005 2005FOS HondaF1CarDisplay.jpg Honda Honda RA272
Honda RA300
Lotus 99T
Williams FW11
McLaren MP4/4
BAR 006
Of them all displayed, three of these including two Hondas, as the genuine cars ran, are replicas. [13][14]
2006 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 [15]
2007 FOS2007 ToyotaStructure.jpg Toyota Toyota TS010
Toyota Celica GT-Four
Toyota GT-One
Lola B2/00
Toyota TF107
Inspired by the traditional torii gates. Celebrating its 75th anniversary and 50 years involvement in motor sport. [16][17]
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. [18]
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][19]
2010 Alfa romeo sculpture.jpg Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
100th anniversary [20]
2011 2011 Goodwood FoS sculpture.JPG Jaguar Cars Celebrating 50 years of the Jaguar E-Type
2012 Lotus sculpture at Goodwood Festival of Speed.jpg Lotus Lotus 49
Lotus 79
Lotus 99T
Lotus E20
'Past, Present and Future'
2013 Festival of Speed sculpture 2013 (9272940946).jpg Porsche Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
Porsche 911 991
50th anniversary [citation needed]
2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Central Feature.jpg Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz W25
Mercedes AMG W04
120 years in motorsport [21]

Hillclimb fastest times[edit]

Year Driver Car Fastest Time
1999 Germany Nick Heidfeld McLaren MP4/13 0:41.60
2008 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.19
2009 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:44.40
2010 United Kingdom Roger Wills Williams FW05 0:47.15
2011 United Kingdom Dan Collins Lotus 88B 0:48.52
2012 United Kingdom Anthony Reid Chevron GT3 0:46.46'
2013 United Kingdom Justin Law Jaguar XJR8/9 0:45.95
2014 France Sébastien Loeb Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak 0:44.60

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "MMS and Auto Trader for 2011". Goodwood.co.uk. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ "incidents Mar Goodwood Festival of Speed". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publishing. 2000-06-28. 
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  10. ^ "Festival of Speed - Archive - 2002 Review - Friday". Goodwood. 2002-12-07. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  11. ^ "Festival of Speed - Archive - 2003 Review - Friday". Goodwood. 2003-11-07. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Festival of Speed, Goodwood 2004". Maserati-alfieri.co.uk. 2004-06-28. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  13. ^ "Honda Worldwide | June 23, 2005 "Honda Main Sponsor at 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed"". World.honda.com. 2005-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  14. ^ "Bruno's pages : Projects : The Honda Sculpture at Goodwood". Bruno.postle.net. 2005-12-19. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  15. ^ "Festival of Speed - Archive - 2006 Review - Friday". Goodwood. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  16. ^ "Celebrating 50 years of Toyota motor sport at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed". Toyota-europe.com. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  17. ^ "Festival of Speed - Archive - 2007 Review - Friday". Goodwood. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  18. ^ "Celebrating 60 Years of Land Rover". Charleshurstlandrover.co.uk. 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
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  20. ^ "Festival of Speed - Latest News". Goodwood. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  21. ^ "Mercedes-Benz central feature to celebrate 120 years of winning". Goodwood Road and Racing. Goodwood. 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

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Coordinates: 50°52′5″N 0°44′5″W / 50.86806°N 0.73472°W / 50.86806; -0.73472