This year’s Festival of Speed will be more action-packed than ever before.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed promises to be more action-packed than ever before. After confirming this year’s theme, organizers have announced some big changes to the festival as part of a layout revamp. There will of course still be a sumptuous mix of supercars, modern and historic racing cars, and bikes at the show, but the Michelin Supercar Paddock will be relocated to near the start of the famous Goodwood Hillclimb.
In its place will be a brand-new arena featuring drift cars burning rubber and drivers performing daring car and bike stunts. Drivers at The Arena haven’t been announced yet, but organizers promise the new site will "showcase some of the biggest stars and daredevils.” There will also be signing sessions allowing fans to meet their heroes.
The First Glance Paddock, which contains unreleased, prototype and concept machines, will also move next to the FOS Future Lab, with the two sites showcasing the technology of the present and the future. In addition, the Goodwood Action Sports zone will be relocated and feature a new e-gaming area along with the usual motorcross, BMW stunt bikers, and trials riders.
"While celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the Festival of Speed last year we enjoyed record attendance. We’ve seen an incredible 4 million visitors through the event gates over the last quarter of a century,” The Duke of Richmond, founder of the Festival of Speed, said. "We’re always very conscious of looking to the future as much as we are celebrating the past. We hope with Future Lab, and the relocation of the paddocks to make way for the new live action arena, there really is something to represent every area of motorsport and technology. There is something to appeal to all, from the youngest in the family to the most hardcore motorsport fan.”
The 2019 Goodwood Festival will focus on "Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers” in celebration of automotive achievements including land speed records and fastest laps to successful drivers with the most consecutive wins, most poles set by a manufacturer, and more. It also marks 20 years since Nick Heidfeld set the outright record in the Goodwood hillclimb event in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car, which has yet to be beaten. For the Sunday Shootout event, the fastest cars of the weekend will attempt to beat the 41.6-second record time.