The Goodwood Festival of Speed will return in 2021.
In just under a month's time, the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed was due to get underway in the UK. Every year, gearheads gather to watch historic race cars and brand new models tackle the world-famous hill climb. Dubbed 'The Maestros - Motorsport's Great All-Rounders,' this year's theme was going to celebrate the drivers, riders, teams, and manufacturers that have conquered motorsport's greatest challenges. The new Volkswagen Golf R was also expected to make its public debut at this year's show.
Due to the current global pandemic, organizers were forced to postpone this year's Festival of Speed and Revival until further notice. Organizers were hoping that this year's Festival of Speed, which was originally scheduled to take place on July 9-12, would still go ahead later this summer or in the fall if the global situation improves. Goodwood now joins the long list of car shows canceled in 2020, including Geneva, New York, Detroit, and Pebble Beach.
The organizers have now confirmed the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed has been canceled and will be moved to 2021. The Goodwood Revival, which was originally scheduled to take place in September, will also no longer be held this year and has been moved to 2021.
In a statement, organizers said that required social distancing measures mean it's not possible to host the Festival or Revival "without severely compromising the experience for all involved." This move isn't surprising as the Goodwood Festival of Speed typically attracts over 200,000 visitors every year, making it virtually impossible to enforce social distancing measures. Tickets purchased for this year's Festival of Speed and Revival will still be valid for next year's event, or ticket holders can request a refund.
With all events canceled at Goodwood this year, organizers fear that the future of the Festival of Speed in its current format could be in doubt and are asking for donations to the Goodwood Supporters' Association, which has been revived for the first time in over a quarter of a century.
"For a business like ours, which is all about bringing people together to enjoy the things they love, social distancing has had a catastrophic impact on our ability to operate," said The Duke of Richmond. "We have, of course, placed health above all else, but now we begin to face the implications of the 'new normal' as the government attempts to balance the demands of health and the economy.
"The new GSA will be vital in keeping this dream alive. Without the help of GRRC Members rallying together as a community and becoming part of the GSA, we will not be able to preserve Goodwood's unique, intimate version of the sport we all love."