The Goodwood Hillclimb record hasn't been beaten for 20 years - could that change this year?
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the highlights of the year for motoring enthusiasts. Not only does it feature a salivating collection of cars from the past and present on display, but you also get to see them in action as they tackle the famous hillclimb.
Every year, each event has a different theme. Last year's Festival of Speed was a celebration of Porsche's 70th anniversary that included a spectacular parade of Porsche models spanning seven decades. For the 2019 Festival of Speed, organizers have confirmed the theme will be "Speed Kings – Motorsport's Record Breakers."
As the name suggests, the 2019 event will celebrate some of the most amazing automotive achievements, from land speed records and fastest laps to successful drivers with the most consecutive wins, most poles set by a manufacturer, and many more. "We are delighted with this year's theme, as it offers an opportunity to celebrate the ultimate heroes of motorsport past, present and future," Will Kinsman, Goodwood's head of motorsport content, said.
"The team are working hard to ensure the paddocks are bursting with the most talented drivers and riders alongside the most iconic road and race machines in the world. They are also delving into the more obscure corners of the motorsport world to ensure the Festival of Speed maintains and enhances its reputation as the greatest motorsport show on earth."
This year marks the 20th anniversary since Nick Heidfeld set an outright record up the Goodwood Hill, covering the 1.16-mile course in 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren MP4/13. The record has yet to be beaten, but the electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak car came close last year, so a new record seems feasible this year. We wouldn't be surprised if Porsche attempts a record with the 919 Hybrid Evo after it set a new all-time Nurburgring lap record last year.
Several changes will also be made to the event this year, with some attractions being relocated along with the introduction of new ones. These changes, and the Central Feature, will be announced over the coming weeks and months. The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held on July 4-7.