Once again, it’s that time of year where vintage racers and design classics sit alongside barely-legal hypercars on the manicured lawns of Goodwood House for the Festival of Speed. This year the annual ode to horsepower is celebrating its 25th anniversary, so expect some seriously adrenaline-fuelled celebrations for the Silver Jubilee theme.
So, if like thousands of other petrol heads, you too are heading to the almighty Festival of Speed this weekend, here are a few things to look out for.
The centrepiece of the action every year, the hillclimb snaking through the estate is a testing ground for the good and great of the racing world. It’s where you can see the lean, mean, superlight track stars setting records and the old classics recapturing their glory years. Put simply, it’s like no other time trial in the world. Bring a chair; you won’t want to miss a single race.
The Supercar Paddock
If seeing from afar isn’t really your thing and you want to get to grips with the cars personally, the supercar paddock is your chance. Most owners and brands are happy to let you fawn over their cars, perhaps with a little revving here and there, so if you have your eye on a new ride, here you can try before you buy. Just don’t try driving off with one, no matter how tempting.
The iconic marque is the guest of honour this year, and you can expect to see a whole host of cars from every racing discipline Porsche has ever taken part in, including WEC, Formula 1 and rally. A full Porsche demo will take to the hillclimb and exhibitions across the festival will highlight their achievements – which include a hell of a lot more than the almighty 911.
It’s been a big year for McLaren. Not only was the Senna a roaring success, but the latest Longtail model, the stunning 600LT is a staggeringly sexy car (on which you can read more here). You’ll be able to see both models, along with the newest Super Series entrant the 720S and the extraordinary 1997 Le Mans champion, the F1 GTR LT at the brand’s paddock. Most will also be tackling the hillclimb with drivers like Emerson Fittipaldi and Stoffel Vandoorne behind the wheel.
The Future of Autonomous Motorsport
Modern and classic cars are at the Festival of Speed in abundance, but what about the future of racing? According to Roborace, that future will be unmanned. It’s a bold claim, but one you can judge for yourself when their 500bhp-plus electric automaton takes on the 1.16-mile course. Skynet may finally be here – and by god it can race.
For more information and tickets visit: www.goodwood.com