Goodwood - this mecca for friends of well-groomed handling of racing four- and two-wheelers, is located in the south-west of England in a region that offers little more fascination and employment outside of the two festivals than mowing the huge meadows with equally large New Holland tractors.
2013 - 20 years of Festival of Speed
When a certain Alain Prost drove to fourth world title twenty years ago in Formula One, Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March and Kinrara - or better known as the Lord March - founded the first Festival of Speed.
Since then, the excitement and scope of the event has grown every year, the queues at the ticket booths have become longer and the parking lots, sorry, the huge meadows around Goodwood that have been converted into parking lots have to accommodate more visitor vehicles every year. If you arrive with your own sports car, you have a parking space on the hill and in the immediate vicinity of the festival. When the midday sun burns in the sky, the super sports cars from McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Co are lined up in this parking lot and look as strangely unhurriedly as only the small cars in front of the local supermarket do.
Goodwood is special
Describing this Festival of Speed is not easy. I could lapse into the possible prose and terms like “picturesque” for the hamlets around Goodwood. I could write about sports cars that “grip” their way through the bend and, of course, talk about the air, the smell of which is impregnated by the burnt fuel mixture, too much sunscreen on English skin, burnt rubber tires and fish & chips, sometimes heavily over the grandstands.
But best of all - speak pictures.
In Goodwood, the vehicles in 31 started in different groups. From the pre-war record vehicle to vehicles of the future. Goodwood had something to offer for every fan.
50 years of Porsche 911
But Porsche didn't just celebrate the “50 Years of 911” anniversary with moving cars, but also with a very special sculpture - more about this Artwork, behind this link.
Tomorrow's sports car?
Introduced in Goodwood, the new Skoda Octavia RS:
In a place where you can find so many Speedheads, you can also host the premiere of a new sporty top model. Skoda thought so and presented the RS offshoot of his Octavia in Goodwood.
In Germany a term for every fan of sporty, refined Audi and Volkswagen, now also represented in Goodwood for the first time. The tuner ABT from the Allgäu. In addition to a VW T5 with a sensational license plate, the ABT R8 GTR was also on the stand. I already have a driving report on the “Topless Version” (GTS) in my blog [click]. As it should be for real car freaks, the group around the ABT press officer didn't just fly to Goodwood. If flown low, it would be more likely to hit. With 1.890 PS to Goodwood and soon with an extra article from me in retrospect!
Goodwood - for fans of all types of internal combustion engines, just heaven on earth. And where else can you get so close to legends?
Goodwood 2014? Definitely again!