Spanning 9-13 July, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Britain’s most anticipated motor show, will open its gates for another year, celebrating ‘motorsport’s great all-rounders’ for the turn of the decade.
In excess of 600 vehicles will be on display, and as always, will include fresh metal from various car makers around the globe, some likely to make dynamic debuts on the famous 1.16-mile hill climb. As we’ve seen in previous years, cars adorned in camouflage may also be on display, allowing attendees to get up close and personal with some of the industry’s unreleased machines.
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The likes of Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, McLaren and Williams will attend the 2020 show, bringing some of the greatest competition cars and motorcycles ever built, alongside some of the latest to grace our tarmac.
Last year saw the all-electric Volkswagen ID R, piloted by Romain Dumas, set a record hill climb run, tackling the course in just 39.90sec. With 2020’s event themed around motorsport’s high achievers, perhaps the ID R might not hold its title for long…
Not only will the show feature a display of the world’s latest and greatest vehicles, it will also celebrate maestros such as eight-time Grand Prix winner Jacky Ickx, John Surtees, and the legendary Jim Clark.
Aside from the usual static display of metal, 2020’s Festival of Speed will also feature ‘The Arena’ amphitheatre, a section new to 2019 that featured live action from names such as Ken Block and ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett. Pedal-powered contraptions will also be showcased in the Goodwood Action Sports arena, with live BMX, freestyle motocross and mountain biking all on display.
Festival of Speed founder The Duke of Richmond said: ‘The heyday of the Goodwood Motor Circuit coincided with a time when some astonishing talent could be seen winning in different cars from one week to the next or even during the same race meeting. It is this level of artistry which we will be paying tribute to with our 2020 theme: “The Maestros – Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders”.’
Tickets are on sale now, and with last year’s show recording a record 200,000 attendance, it might be wise to secure your place soon…