The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed has officially begun, with the Duke of Richmond once again opening up his driveway to one of the biggest events on the motoring calendar.
Hundreds of cars – and the odd bike, too – have descended on the West Sussex estate, with many preparing to take on the main attraction: Goodwood’s famous, 1.16-mile hillclimb course.
And as members of the public enter the grounds of Goodwood estate, they’ll be greeted by this year’s Central Feature, which is a 70th anniversary tribute to Porsche standing 52 metres tall.
Naturally for such a big occasion, manufacturers are out in force showcaing their latest models. Many new cars will be making their dynamic debuts as they dash up the famous Goodwood hillclimb, while other newcomers will be present on show stands only.
Of course, a glut of classic road and race machinery will be in action too – perhaps no other occasion pulls together iconic cars of yesteryear quite like Goodwood.
With so much going on at motoring’s biggest garden party, it pays to stay up to date with all the latest news. So here’s all the Goodwood FoS information you could possibly wish for…
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: A-Z of new cars
We’re expecting lots of new cars to make their debuts at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and while many manufacturers have confirmed their intentions already, there are likely to be a few surprise attendees, too. The latter of those will become apparent over the coming days, but in the meantime, here’s an A-Z guide on the cars confirmed for this year’s show…
Two new special edition Alfas are at Goodwood with Nurburgring pedigree. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING editions will be limited to 108 units each, both gaining unique matt grey paint, carbon ceramic brakes, and Sparco racing seats. Each car includes a unique numbered badge on the carbon fibre dashboard insert, plus a certificate of authenticity from FCA.
Aston Martin has taken no fewer than eight cars to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, three of which are making their dynamic debuts: the new DBS Superleggera, plus the V12 Vantage V600 and Rapide AMR. Meanwhile all three versions of the DB11 are on Aston’s stand, together with the Vantage GTE (fresh from completing the 24 Hours of Le Mans) and the Vulcan AMR Pro, which will take on a timed run of the hillclimb.
Fresh from setting a record for production SUVs at Pikes Peak, the modified Bentley Bentayga W12 headlines the premium brand’s line-up at the Festival of Speed this year. Making its UK dynamic debut on Goodwood’s shorter (but no less famous) hillclimb, it’ll be joined by the new Continental GT and the Continental GT3 racer.
Newly reborn Brabham are in attendance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with its 700bhp BT62 track car. It’s been confirmed for a run up the legendary hillclimb in what will be its first dynamic appearance in public. David Brabham, son of three-time F1 world champion Jack Brabham, said before the event began: “My father attended the Festival himself many times, and it’s great to continue the tradition of a Brabham driving a Brabham up the hill.”
As well as the hillclimb run, the BT62 will debut a special red and blue livery representing one of 35 Celebration series cars, inspired by the BT46B F1 car in which Niki Lauda won the Swedish Grand Prix in 1978.
BMW has sent a strong contingent to the Festival of Speed this year, with the 8 Series Coupe being the headline act as it makes its first public appearance in the UK. It’s being joined on the hill by the M8 GTE race car, as well as the i8 Roadster too.
Meanwhile the M8 Gran Coupe Concept – revealed earlier this year – makes its UK debut, with the marque’s recent return to Le Mans set to be celebrated with a trio of cars from its motorsport past lined up for the hillclimb.
Twelve months on from Ferrari’s 70th birthday celebrations at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Italian marque returns with another exciting itinerary. The 488 Pista and 812 Superfast are both set to make their UK dynamic debuts on the Goodwood hill, while the FXX, 599 XX and FXX K EVO are in attendance in the Supercar Paddock. Elsewhere, visitors have the chance to join Ferrari’s pit-stop crew, in a timed challenge to change the wheels on a Ferrari 488 GTE from Le Mans.
Earlier this year at the Detroit Motor Show, Ford unveiled its new Mustang Bullitt, inspired by the Mustang GT Fastback made famous by Steve McQueen in 1968 film Bullitt. Now, both the original car and the new model are making their UK debuts at Goodwood, and excitingly, both will take to the hill during the festival. The Duke of Richmond said: “To have the original icon joined by its modern day successor exactly 50 years [after the film] is a fantastic way to mark our own special anniversary.”
Honda intends to celebrate its motorsport heritage at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and as such has sent a broad line-up of race cars and bikes to the event. The Honda F1 car from 1968 – the RA301 – will take on the hillclimb at the hands of 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button, while the BTCC Civic Type R and NSX supercar will also feature.
Jaguar is yet another mark sending metal to Goodwood for its dynamic debut: the 542bhp F-Pace SVR is set to take on the hillclimb, while the XJ50 is on Jaguar’s stand to celebrate 50 years of the saloon. Also in attendance is the all-new electric I-Pace, the XE SV Project 8 and the Invictus GT4 Racing F-Type SVR, while visitors will be able to experience the thrills of drifting on the F-Type Drift Experience attraction.
Land Rover celebrates 70 years of its history in style at Goodwood with 70 models from all seven decades of its existence set to climb the hill. These will include the HUE166 – the first pre-production Land Rover prototype – plus Defenders, Range Rovers, Freelanders and more, right up to the modern day Velar. And if that wasn’t enough, the powerful Defender Works V8 will venture up the hill twice a day, and stunt driver Terry Grant will aim for the ‘fastest mile on two wheels’ title in a Range Rover Sport SVR.
McLaren will reveal an all-new supercar at Goodwood called the 600LT, which is a hardcore, track focused variant of the 570S. 592bhp, serious downforce and plenty in the way of weight saving is expected, with the new Mac set to go up the Goodwood hill too.
Mercedes-AMG’s new baby is on show and will be taken for a blast up the famous hillclimb. The AMG GT 63 S 4-Door, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, boasts 630bhp and takes the challenge to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
Not to be outdone by its British rivals, MINI has sent two concept cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, both of which are making their UK debuts. First revealed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the MINI Electric Concept will give visitors a taste of what to expect from the production model due in 2019, while the MINI John Cooper Works GP concept celebrates the brand’s achievements at the Monte Carlo Rally over half a century ago. Meanwhile, several models from MINI’s current line-up are on the MINI stand.
The Festival of Speed will offer punters a chance to see the all-new Cullinan. Not only is one example sitting centre stage on the Rolls-Royce stand, but two pre-production models have been adapted to work as recovery vehicles during the event – complete with towing equipment, light bars and all. In addition, special versions of the Phantom, Dawn, Ghost and Wraith will all feature, while the Dawn Black Badge will compete in timed runs up the hill.
Another big dynamic debut is the first true showing of the Polestar 1. With Polestar spun off from Volvo as an electrified performance brand in its own right, the firm’s first unique model is a 592bhp hybrid super coupe. Like the new Merc and McLaren, it’s going up the hill.
Tesla as brought a US-spec Model 3 to display at Goodwood, its first public appearance in Europe. While there are no plans for it to set a time up the hill, fans and potential buyers will have the chance to inspect the car up close alongside its Model S and Model X siblings.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: themes
The 2018 Festival of Speed will celebrate several anniversaries. It marks 25 years since the first FoS – a modest single day meeting – and the Duke will select 25 defining festival moments showcasing the event’s growth in popularity and scope over the last quarter of a decade.
This year also sees Porsche celebrate the 70th birthday of its first ever production car. The 356 used the same air-cooled, rear-wheel drive configuration that defined its iconic sports cars for decades; expect it to be the centrepiece of the spectacular sculpture that takes pride of place on the lawn of Goodwood House each year. Beyond this, Porsche also promises a “never-before-seen parade” of its cars, plus passenger rides in the latest Cayenne SUV.
Porsche has also secured the focal point of the whole event. Beyond the hillcilmb, the Central Feature is Goodwood’s most iconic and eye-catching attraction, and this year’s sculpture pays homage to 70 years of Porsche. Created by British artist and designer Gerry Judah – the man behind Goodwood’s sculptures for over two decades – this year’s Porsche tribute stands 52 metres tall and boasts some of the firm’s most iconic road and racing cars.
Celebrating a landmark ten years’ Porsche’s junior, the British Touring Car Championship will be represented by many current drivers and cars competing in timed runs. Rob Austin, Tom Ingram, Andrew Jordan, Adam Morgan, Matt Neal, and one of the Power Maxed Racing duo (Josh Cook or Senna Proctor) are all confirmed for the shootout. A series of Touring car legends in attendance include the Alfa Romeo 155, the Mini Cooper S, Volvo 850 Estate and the 1958 Austin A105 which was steered by Jack Sears to the first ever British Touring Car title.
Bonhams will also host its annual auction at Goodwood. This year, the Aston Martin DB5 that starred in the movie Goldeneye will head across the auction block on Friday evening. It’s estimated it will fetch between £1.2 and £1.6 million.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: dates
The 2018 Festival of Speed reuns from Thursday 12 July until Sunday 15 July. Saturday and Sunday are usually the busiest days – up to 150,000 fans are expected to attend each day – and as a rule of thumb, these days offer the most on-track action. Thursday is largely focused on new cars, although some timed runs are due to take place this time around.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: what to do
While the hillclimb course is undoubtedly the main feature, the Festival of Speed offers a variety of other attractions to keep visitors entertained throughout the event. When the swathes of cars and bikes aren’t in action on the hill, they’re divided into different paddocks, allowing visitors to wander the grounds of the estate to find their favourites. The show is attended by countless manufacturers every year, giving fans the chance to get up close to their favourite cars with an array of intriguing displays.
For those after something a little grittier, the Forest Rally Stage showcases all manner of dirt racers from the past and present. Meanwhile, the Goodwood Action Sports Arena is the place to be for motocross stunts and motorcycle trials.
And for those who enjoy power on an entirely different scale, the weekend will be interspersed with a variety of air displays, with the Red Arrows set to demonstrate their aerobatic skills in the skies above Goodwood on the Saturday and Sunday.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: how to get there
The Festival of Speed is generally very well signposted. Many of the surrounding roads are subjected to one way routes and changes specifically for the event, so once you get within the last five miles or so it’s best to ignore the sat nav.
From the North, the usual route is to take the A3, turning off onto the Lea coach road and following until the A286 until the village of Singleton. Alternatively, you can take the A3 for almost its entirety, turning eastbound just before Portsmouth, taking the A27 around the Chichester Bypass. Those coming from the direction of Brighton can take the Westbound A27 until you see the signs.
If you’re taking public transport, there are regular train services running from London Victoria, Brighton and Portsmouth to Chichester station – the Victoria service takes roughy 1 hour 40 minutes. From there, it’s possible to hop on the 902 bus which runs every 30 minutes from 7am. If arriving by taxi, the driver needs to follow the signs to Gate 1.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: parking
Parking is distributed across a range of local fields, so make sure you know which one you’re aiming for before you go. Given that much of the parking is on grass, it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s a chance that cars with low ground clearance (or indeed crumby tyres) might struggle to escape at the end of the day – especially if the British summer weather holds true to its reputation…
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: tickets
The sooner you book your tickets the better – the weekend dates sell out fast quicker than the other dates. To date, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and full weekend tickets are all in limited supply.
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