A couple of friends of mine are big motor sports fans, and time and again I've heard them mention a festival called Goodwood. Other than the fact that there would be cars there, I really had no idea what it was about, so I decided to do a bit of ferreting around. It did not take me long to find the Goodwood website, which turned out to be a place rather than an actual event. The Goodwood Estate is in Chichester, and mostly made up of park and farmland. The estate holds a variety of events including horse racing, golf, aviation, and of course motor sports.
There are three motoring events due this year, but the closest one is the Festival of Speed between the 11th-14th July. It is the largest motor garden party in the world, and this year will be celebrating its twenty-year history. It will travel a timeline covering nineteenth century steam-powered carriages, classic rally cars, top fuel dragsters, right up to the current Formula One racers and 200mph supercars.
Although the Festival does not officially start until the 12th July, there will be some pre-festival highlights on the 11th July at the Moving Motor Show, which will give you a close up of the latest models and a chance to drive them up the challenging Goodwood Hillclimb.
Tickets to the event are £113 and selling out quickly, so you'd better be quick if you want to go.
Other features include evaluation drives, 'Fifty Years of Porsche', a Michelin Supercar Run, Stable Yard Exhibition, and Motorcycle Mania. Many of the top racing stars will be at the event, and these include some of the kids' favourites too, like the characters from The Wacky Races.