As legendary racing driver Roy Salvador once said, “Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day and you can forget the rest of the world”.
This year’s Festival of Speed was certainly no exception, and proved to be a slice of heaven for the tens of thousands of petrol heads making their annual automotive pilgrimage to Chichester for the annual Festival of Speed in the grounds of Goodwood House.
With the lawns bathed in glorious sunshine throughout the weekend, guests were able to sit, relax and enjoy the greatest selection of vehicles from across the world and throughout the decades coming together in an event like no other, whilst of course keeping cool with a well-deserved glass of Pimms or Veuve Clicquot, both of which were flowing in abundance to keep temperatures down. Where else could you see such a diverse range of vehicles going head to head?
This year, Goodwood celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Festival of Speed, an event that has grown exponentially year upon year to get to the world famous and much-loved event that we know today. As well as the main attraction, the 1.16 mile hill climb, there are also plenty of other parts of the event for visitors to enjoy including a rally stage, off road driving area, aviation display and a wide range of manufacturer and race team stands.
This year’s Festival of Speed also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic Porsche 911, a sports car that is recognised and respected throughout the world, has been tweaked and consistently improved throughout its life, and is sure to be a firm favourite for motoring enthusiasts for many more years to come. The famous centrepiece, which occupies a prime position in front of Goodwood House and changes each year to be in-keeping with the theme, celebrated the 911’s anniversary, with soaring white shards rising from the ground and topped with full size Porsches, seemingly reaching for the blue skies above.
As well as the huge array of famous vehicles, they were plenty of famous faces getting behind the wheel, including, to name just a few from the impressive roll call, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Nico Rosburg, Sir Stirling Moss and Chris Evans, who brought along his ‘magnificent seven’ collection of ultra rare and valuable Ferraris.
Tickets sell out quickly every year so be sure to keep an eye on www.goodwood.com for the announcement of the 2014 Festival of Speed dates. If you can’t wait until next year and would like to experience some retro racing at Goodwood then be sure to take a look at the Revival, taking place in mid-September.
Enjoy our gallery of first-hand images below for a taste of this year’s Festival of Speed…