One of the most important weekends on the British automotive calendar is almost upon us! Yes you guessed it; the incredible Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place on the 26-29th of June! For one weekend only some of the greatest minds and machines in motoring descend upon Goodwood for the annual festival for all things fast.
Whether it be the latest models or concepts from manufacturers, classic cars or even legendary racing cars you are interested in, the festival is sure to have more than a little to tickle your fancy. Here at Crouchers we are ideally positioned less than 5 miles away from the legendary Goodwood racecourse. Many of the visitors and even exhibitors at the festival stay in hotels in Chichester such as Croucher’s, and every year we are astonished by the sheer amount of incredible machinery on offer.
In this blog we thought we’d take a little closer look at this year’s festival and exactly why you should feel lucky if you have a ticket.
As with every year there will undoubtedly be one of the largest selections of classic cars on display anywhere in the world. Difficult though it is, we have picked a favourite and it is… the incredible, timeless, beautiful and of course fast Ferrari 250 GTO! Whenever Ferrari bestows those three letters onto a model you can be sure that it is going to be pretty special, as it has only ever done so 3 times in its entire history, and the 250 was the first. Only 39 of these cars were ever built for the road, and prices for them continue to rise due to their beauty and history. This special car is sure to fit perfectly into the incredible setting of the Goodwood race course.
As a stage for manufacturers to display their latest models there is always a good selection of incredible new machinery at the festival. Again we have taken it upon ourselves to pick a favourite and it could only be the incredible (slightly scary) Koenigsegg Agrera one: 1, a car that is set to redefine fast. The latest hyper cars from Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari all produce around 900 horsepower and aren’t known for lacking in acceleration, but the Koenigsegg blows them all away with a scarcely believable 1,322 horsepower! With the unveiling set for Goodwood weekend it is sure to cause more than a few gasps.
If you have an interest in racing cars then the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an absolute must for you, as every year there is an incredible selection of classic racers present. This year our favourite almost went to the incredible McLaren MP4/2 but then we changed our mind and chose a Peugeot 208 instead. Though that may seem a silly choice, the 208 in question is of course the incredible 208 T16 rally car. With its minimal weight and 875 horsepower engine it is sure to excite every rally enthusiast within a 10 mile radius. If you doubt the capability of the Peugeot then simply hit play on the mildly terrifying video below and you may just re-assess.
Who will be there?
As always there will be a selection of major names from the motoring industry in attendance as well as racing drivers. Our favourite, and indeed a favourite with the crowds for the last 15 years is the incredibly talented and humble Jenson Button. Taking a break from his racing career, Jenson is scheduled to take on the incredible hill course in a list of classic McLaren race cars. As well as Jenson there are set to be several other F1 stars in attendance, including ‘the iceman’ Kimi Raikkonen and the always entertaining Mark Webber.
If this has whetted your appetite for more, visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed website for full details on the weekend and how you can attend. If you are looking for a nearby hotel with friendly staff and comfy rooms then don’t hesitate to contact us on 01243 784995 and our friendly staff will be happy to help.