If you love cars, there’s no other place to be than Goodwood House between July 12 and July 14. This year is special: It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s 20th anniversary, and it’s an opportunity to see racing cars and motorcycles from the 19th century all the way to today’s fastest Formula 1 racers in their natural element. Here’s a look at just a handful of some of the must-see events at this 20th Anniversary Goodwood Festival of Speed:
Porsche at the Festival
This year, Goodwood is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most versatile and popular sportscar ever produced – the Porsche 911. In honor of the 911 – which debuted as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show at Frankfurt in September 1963 – the Festival of Speed has commissioned a one-off 911-inspired sculpture, to be displayed prominently outside of Goodwood House.
Look for a special class of street-going and racing 911s — covering all seven generations of Porsche’s dominance – to parade along the Goodwood Hillclimb twice a day.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed attracts the majority of the current season’s Formula 1 teams every year, and the 20th anniversary is no exception. This year, look for representation from Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Ferrari, Vodafone McLaren Racing, Lotus, Mercedes GP, Marussia and Caterham.
Current F1 drivers are always an attraction. Current competitors and former World Champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are scheduled to appear, as are Nico Rosberg, Roman Grosjean, Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Sebastian Buemi, Marc Gene, Heikki Kavolainen and Adrian Newey.
Grand Prix Masters
As exciting as the current Formula 1 drivers are to see, it’s the past Grand Prix masters that make this event a Who’s Who of motor racing. This year, look for Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees (also astride a motorcycle) and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Cartier “Style et Luxe”
For the 20th year, the Cartier-sponsored “Style et Luxe” Concours d’Elegance showcases some of the world’s most beautifully distinctive automobiles. This year, in recognition of Goodwood’s 20th anniversary, the concours will feature some of the greatest cars that have ever competed at Goodwood in the last 20 years, including the 1929 Bugatti Type 41 ‘Royale’ with Coupe de Ville coachwork by Binder, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic, and the amazing Phantom Corsair, a six-seater coupe designed by Rust Heinz of the famous Heinz condiment-producing family.
Moving Motor Show:
Unlike any other auto show, the Goodwood Moving Motor Show allows auto manufacturers an opportunity to show their finest new wares at speed. The dynamic passenger car exhibition features models from 20 auto manufacturers, including Abarth, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz.
The Moving Motor Show also includes the Michelin Supercar Run and First Glance, which enables the manufacturers of some of the world’s most enticing exotica to showcase their creations in full performance mode. For 2013, expect to see the McLaren P1, Vencer Sarthe, Alfa Romeo 4C, Toyota GT86 Roadster, Range Rover Sport, and VUHL 05.
Goodwood Aviation Exhibit
Aviation has finally become an integral part of the of all of the events at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Goodwood Aviation exhibit is located in close proximity to the action, allowing the manufacturers of fixed wing and rotary aircraft to showcase their products to the general public.
Daily air displays are also a huge part of the festivities. The RAF Red Arrows Display Team are scheduled to fly on Friday and Sunday, with appearances by RAF’s Avro Vulcan delta-wing strategic bomber on Saturday, and the RAF Typhoon Display Team flying on Sunday.
The 2013 event promises to have the strongest contingent of motorcycles and riders in its 20 year history. The disciplines of every major form of motorcycle racing will be accounted for, as will 15 World Champion riders.
For 2013, highlights include:
Kevin Schwantz, riding his 1993 World Championship-winning Suzuki RGV500, plus the Heron Suzuki Carbon framed bike he scored his first-ever 500cc GP points riding.
Kenny Roberts, 1978, 1979 and 1980 World Champion aboard his Yamaha OW48R YZR500, and
Freddie Spencer, 1983 and 1985 World Champion, on the amazing 1985 Honda NSR500 on loan from the Honda Collection in Japan, a first for Goodwood.