The Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) starts today and runs until 15 July. It is one of the world’s largest car culture events which brings together a powerful mix of cars, celebrities and motoring royalty. Besides the iconic 1.16-mile Hill Climb event which concludes on the Sunday, the FoS is also a place where the most stylish and technologically advanced cars in the world show off.
“The Festival of Speed boasts an eclectic mix of vehicles. The event is timed during the break in the F1 calendar, so the line up ranges from vintage to Formula 1 cars” says George Mienie, CEO or AutoTrader.
Here AutoTrader takes a look at the top 5 show features planned for this year’s event.
1) FoS Central Feature Celebrating Seven Decades of Porsche
Each year the Goodwood Central Feature, which stands in front of the beautiful Goodwood House, displays an eye-catching static spectacle. This year it will be celebrating 7 decades of Porsche. Bernie Ecclestone was the first non-dealer to be celebrated last year and Porsche are to become the first manufacture to be featured for the third time in 25 years.
To watch its revealing follow the Porsche Twitter page
2) BMW’s Festival of Eights
Caption: the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe Source: bmwblog
This year BMW will be showcasing their reborn 8-series sports coupe flagship, which will make its UK debut 19 years after the last Eight went out of production. BMW will be making it a festival of Eights by adding the M8 GTE racer (fresh from its Le Mans debut) and the M8 Gran Coupé concept (that was unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este) to their lineup.
To make sure you don’t miss out on these reveals from your desk all the way in sunny SA, keep your social fingers on the BMW UK twitter page
3) Telsa Model 3’s British Debut
Caption: Tesla Model 3 Source: newspress
Finally the Silicon Valley start-up’s first affordable electric car offering, that electrified the world when it was unveiled, is making its way to Europe ahead of its intended sales debut next year. When it debuted in the US it generated 325,000 orders in a week. This year’s FoS event will be the first time anyone in Europe has been able to get close and personal with the car.
4) The Land Rover Parade
Owners of 70 Land Rover cars will drive up the famous Goodwood Hill in a celebration parade to mark the brand’s 70th anniversary. An original Range Rover and one of the last ever Defenders, owned by Rodger Crathorne aka Mr Land Rover, will headline the parade.
It’s not often you get to see all the greats getting together on the road at once, make sure you follow https://twitter.com/LandRover to catch the action.
5) The New Special Edition Mustang Bullitt vs The Iconic Original
The iconic Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film Bullitt will make its first appearance outside of the U.S. The film’s legendary car chase sequence set the standard for every movie car chase to follow and is set to ride alongside a new special edition Ford Mustang Bulitt, now available to order in Europe.
For more info on the Goodwood Festival of Speed visit http://goodwood.com