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Countdown to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s biggest car culture event – attracting well over 100,000 visitors every year. It is held in the grounds of Lord March’s estate, just next to the main Goodwood race circuit in West Sussex where the annual revival festival is held. The event features a hill climb where many classes of race car climb for the enjoyment of driving and spectacle of racing. From old classics to pre-war automobiles to modern and exotic supercars – the festival really does have it all.

It takes place on the 11th-14th July 2013 and all the details can be found on the website. The schedule has been announced and now ticket holders are counting down the days until they are able to make this motoring pilgrimage.

Countdown to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Countdown to the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Why is it so special?

Owners of rare cars and club members are invited to drive and display their cars in a friendly and enthusiastic environment like nowhere else in the world. The collection of automobiles and racing memorabilia will not be matched anywhere in the world and it’s a great day out for anyone interested in driving.

You can even enter your own car if it is rare, special or part of club that chooses to appear at the event. Of course racing is dangerous and if you enter your car you’ll need to make sure that your insurance covers you, as it probably won’t as racing on private ground is not covered in the majority of premiums – especially if you’re a young driver.

Why should you attend?

There’s also an aviation display, hospitality packages and plenty to eat and drink. The Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ is also a fantastic opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of classic racing heritage and enjoy live music and afternoon tea (or maybe a glass of champagne).
This year pays special homage to Porsche which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 – one of the world’s most iconic sports cars. If you like Porsches then this year is definitely a year to attend.

Last year there were 180,000 visitors enjoying the event and what it has to offer – including exhibits from all the major manufacturers and the hill climb. These allow you to see up-close some of the rarest and most valuable cars being driven with haste. Some of the cars that enter the hill climb never partake in any other timed events making this run truly unique and a special occasion for fans and car owners alike. There are also opportunities to purchase merchandise and memorabilia and well as a classic car auction being held by Bonham’s Auction House.

The Formula 1 Paddock

The Formula 1 Paddock

What cars will you see?

The Formula 1 Paddock is one of the visual highlights of the weekend with around half-a-dozen current F1 teams in attendance with regular appearances from drives Jenson Button, Mark Webber and former legends such as Jack Brabham and Damon Hill all in the area. There’s a supercar paddock too – where you’ll see exotic cars that are currently in production from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and McLaren. Motorcycles can be found in Cathedral paddock too if you are interesting in seeing more than the cars.
Expect to see a classes of racing car from years gone by too – including Nascar, Le Mans, GT touring and other specialist groups. These will be on display as well as making the hill climb at their designated time.

If you haven’t been before – then check out the festival in 2013.

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