It's hard to say what the Goodwood Festival of Speed has morphed into since its conception in 1993. Some will make the journey purely for the dopamine-fuelled Goodwood hillclimb, as drivers battle it out on 'Shootout Sunday' to beat the course record, which the electric Volkswagen ID.R almost took in 2019 with their outright record set at 39.9 seconds. For others, it is an opportunity to roam the immaculate grounds in West Sussex, culminating in a huge garden party attracting stars and motoring legends from across the world. If you thought the smell of English roses and burnt rubber made an unlikely coupling, you're forgetting this is a festival founded by the Duke of Richmond, a man who converted his kitchen to make more room for his car collection.
Watch the Goodwood Hillclimb record
After the successful theme of last year's festival, Speed Kings, a celebration of motorsport's record-breakers, 2020 is about 'The Maestros – Motorsports' Great All-Rounders.' The first Maestro to confirm his attendance is six-time Le Mans winner, Dakar champion and eight-time Formula One race winner Jacky Ickx. "The heyday of the Goodwood Motor Circuit coincided with a time when some astonishing talent could be seen winning in different cars from one week to the next or even during the same race meeting," says the Duke of Richmond, "and it is this level of artistry which we will be paying tribute to." Don't be surprised if you find yourself rubbing shoulders with Jenson Button or Sir Jackie Stewart - they are both regulars at the Festival of Speed.
The four-day event is a Mecca of some of the world's rarest machines. From Maranello to Crewe, four wheels to two, petrol to jet fuel, the breadth of vehicles on show will satisfy even the most ardent of car collectors. Show highlights include the Cartier Style et Luxe, a concours d'elegance to see and be seen at; the Michelin Supercar Paddock, which features some of the most advanced cars in the world; and the FOS Future Lab, a pioneering hub where a wealth of inspiring activities will be hosted by engineers, scientists and inventors.
Win VIP tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2020
Goodwood Festival of Speed and Luxury London Magazine are proud to offer a pair of VIP hospitality tickets worth £900 each (dates to be confirmed due to COVID-19). Guests will enjoy the full use of the The Clark Pavilion, which offers trackside viewing at the most dramatic corner on the course, as exotic motors narrowly snake their way up the chicane.
• Admission entry to the Festival of Speed
• Table for the day in the stylish and exclusive Clark Pavilion
• Light breakfast
• Three-course buffet lunch
• Afternoon tea
• Unlimited Champagne, beer, wine and soft drinks
• Forward car parking
• Event programme and radio earpiece
Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX