They are quickly becoming the only UK motoring events to be seen at, and preceding the annual rush for tickets, the Goodwood estate has confirmed dates for the 2014 Festival of Speed and Revival.
As the unofficial replacement for the long-dead British motor show, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been the celebration of car culture, with all the leading manufacturers taking the opportunity to show off their latest wares, not only on their stands, but in hill-climb time trials up the estate’s driveway, which form the backbone of the event.
It’s a who’s who of the motoring world, with the opportunity to rub shoulders with racing legends and car celebs past and present. There’s plenty for the family to enjoy while you get your petrol-head fix, too, with a number of aerial displays, as well as fairground rides and shows from motocross stunt performers.
Following the Festival of Speed is the Goodwood Revival, which takes a completely different tack by aiming to recreate the glory days of the Goodwood motor racing circuit. Only classic cars are allowed on the grounds and guests are encouraged to dress in period attire to fully immerse themselves in the golden-age vibe. And, unlike the Festival of Speed, there is real wheel-to-wheel racing, meaning you can see priceles exotics such as the Ferrari 250 GTO and Ford Gt40 being driven as their makers intended.
The Festival of Speed runs from June 26-29 and the Goodwood Revival from 12-14 September. Tickets are available from the Goodwood website: www.goodwood.com/motorsport.
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