Monday, 27 June 2011

Glorious Goodwood

Festival of Speed founder, Lord March, enjoying some
light gardening in preparation for the 2011 FoS
It takes a special amount of determination to get any motorsport event off the ground, and the metaphorical blood sweat and tears to make it successful. Since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has highlighted that the team at Goodwood have got the determination and are not afraid to put the work in to make it the amazing event that the UK really can be justifiably proud of.

The UK debut of the ferrari FF will be a highlight of the Moving Motor Show
It's not just the hill climb up Lord March's driveway that makes The Festival (or FoS) so successful. The concept of an invitational competition featuring the most diverse entry list ever (everything from a 1911 grand prix racer to the very latest F1 car), driven by over 100 of the biggest names in the sport not just in the UK but world wide. If anything, it's what happens away from the hillclimb that makes it such a special event. The British Motor Show may be a memory now, but FoS has taken over it's place as the de-facto motor industry event. The Moving Motor Show in particular features many manfactcuers taking part and showing off their wares - and this year is only it's second!
Flying motorcycles are sure to be a hit

Then you have the things for the kids, the Wacky Races, the Stunt riders (whoever thought about having the brilliantly talented Dougie Lampkin ride around the festival wherever he liked was inspired!), the air displays. It's a great way to show off our sport and celebrate all that's good about motoring and motorsport.

It's so successful that the concept has been taken further with events like the Chomondley Pagent of Power appearing recently. And that's got to be a good thing. This year FoS will bring National Motorsport Week to a close in spectacular style. And if these events help build interest in the sport we love, well... long may they continue!