Since its launch in 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has featured all sorts of motorised vehicles taking on the short hill climb route in the grounds of Goodwood House in southern England. Since then, the event has become the place to be for motorsport enthusiasts, car enthusiasts, racing drivers and manufacturers. From rally cars to motorcycles to F1 racing cars, everything is represented, from all eras of motorsport history. The special atmosphere and the opportunity to experience a potpourri of the most iconic vehicles in motorsport history up close attracts as many as 200,000 spectators every year.
The spectacle is organised by the owner of Goodwood House, motorsport fan Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March. The ‘Goodwood Hillclimb’ itself covers just 1.87 kilometres, spread out over nine bends and a few straights. Unlike Hillclimb events, for many Goodwood is not primarily about pure speed. Rather: technique, style, tradition and grace are the favoured attributes for a large number of the onlookers. There is still a healthy amount of competition at the event, however, proved most successfully by driver Nick Heidfeld in 1999, when he set the fastest time for the hillclimb in 41.6 seconds – a record that still stands today.