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Goodwood Festival of speed 2018: preview, tickets and details

Lee Stern
11 Jun 2018

Everything you need to know about the 2018 FoS


There’s one month to go until the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is being held on 12-15 July. Coined the world's largest automotive garden party, the event celebrates cars and bikes in all their diverse forms, and this year Porsche – which is celebrating its 70th birthday – has been named as the marque sponsor.

Over 600 cars and bikes, old and new, will descend on the Goodwood estate in Sussex, where manufacturers will be out in force, displaying their latest creations to the public in towering temporary structures and on the tricky hill climb course.

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Snaking up through the estate, it’s the hill climb route that attracts the most attention, with all manner of vehicles set to take to it over the long weekend. Our personal event highlight is the supercar paddock, which allows visitors to get up close to the latest gaggle of rarely spotted models. However, it’s not all about modern unobtainium: there will be something for everyone, with motorsport icons, performance road cars and quirky creations – from all eras – in attendance. There will also be plenty of other exhibits and performances to keep all the family entertained, a headline feature being an aerobatics routine from the Red Arrows.

Numerous exhibitions will pay tribute to Porsche’s extensive motorsport success, with cars from multiple disciplines – including WEC, Formula 1 and rallying – on display. A wide range of Porsche road cars, sure to include the likes of the 911 2.7 RS and various generations of 911 GT3, will also be displayed. Meanwhile on the hillclimb, spectators will be treated to an all-Porsche demonstration run to further celebrate the revered brand.

A slightly different agenda controls each day’s events. Thursday is the quietest day and provides the best opportunity to walk all the manufacturers’ stands and acquaint yourself with their models. On the Friday, the stopwatch comes out as hill climb entries take to the course for practice. Moving into the weekend, the Formula Drift and stunt displays will wow the large crowds, as cars continue to tackle the hill climb ahead of event’s final day. And it’s here, on the Sunday, that definitive times are laid down as the fastest competitors gun for the all-time record.

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So popular is the Festival of Speed that ticket availability is limited on all days but the Thursday. Entry is cheapest on the first day, at £37 for an adult ticket, and prices rise for each successive day, reaching £69 for the Sunday. Concession tickets are available, as are hospitality packages.  

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