I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets from Pistonheads to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was last weekend. My Dad and little brother are really into motorsports (my brother does karting championships and wants to be an F1 driver when he’s older), so they were ecstatic when I told them I’d won tickets. We found out that because my brother is 12, he could get into the festival for free, so I got to go along too!
It took a bloody long time to get to Chichester from Devon (and the traffic for the festival was a nightmare), but it was definitely worth the 4:30am start! I’m glad I remembered to take my camera, because my phone died, and there were so many things to take photos of (mainly cars of course, but also a few bikes and planes!).
The festival was so massive that it was impossible to see everything before it closed at 7pm, despite getting there early. Lots of people had weekend tickets, which would be a good idea if you were really into it and wanted to meet cool people like Jenson Button… (sadly I missed out on Jenson because we went on Friday). We did get to meet Derek Bell though, who is literally a racing legend. He signed a poster for my brother, whilst casually eating an ice-cream!
The main feature of the Festival of Speed is the Goodwood Hillclimb racetrack. Throughout the day there were different categories of cars (and motorbikes) going around the track, including supercars, F1 cars, GT cars… you get the idea. There was a little something for everyone. Several famous drivers such as Nico Rosberg drove on the track, and a world record was broken!
Terry Grant, a well-known stunt driver, managed to break the world record for the fastest mile on two wheels… in a car! Everyone was on edge watching him drive this Nissan Juke on it’s side up the hill, especially going round the bends. How crazy does that photo look?!
There were lots of other attractions too, including the cool gaming seats they had around so people could try out the new Gran Turismo 6 game, several shops, car experience zones where people could drive fancy cars, a BMX show, and of course the rally track (which ended up being a bit too far away for my tired legs, but they were showing it on big tv screens). One of the best features was a show from the Red Arrows at midday. They are so amazing to watch, and we happened to be in the prime location to get a good view!
A lot of car brands had their own sections, my favourites being the Ford and AMG Mercedes ones. Ford had a big tower with 3 floors (the top floor is where I took most of my photos and where we watched the Red Arrows), and afterwards we went down the crazy tube slide pictured above! The AMG Mercedes display featured several amazing cars, including their Formula 1 car (AKA Lewis Hamilton’s car!), which was awesome to see close up.
As you can probably tell, I definitely enjoyed myself at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and so did my Dad and Brother! We didn’t end up getting back until gone midnight, so it was a very long and tiring day, but we thoroughly enjoyed it and are grateful to Pistonheads for the tickets I won.
Here’s a few more pictures if you’re interested: