Goodwood FoS “Festival of Speed”… If you’re into cars, you probably know that this event has become one of the major car-related events of the year. But on the contrary to the cold halls of the Paris “Mondial de l’Auto” or the Geneva International Motor Show, Goodwood FoS is all about smoking tyres, noise, action and accessibility to the cars for the general public! And since the 2019 edition is happening right now, let’s head to our “Petrolhead Corner” for some Goodwood fun.
What is Goodwood FoS…? Everything that happens at Goodwood results from the dream of one man, Charles Gordon-Lennox, known in the automotive world as Lord March. As a young aristocrat, March was living the life of a London playboy, passionate about photography and films. As heir to the Goodwood family estate in West Sussex, and as a true blue-blooded British gentleman, he knew that traditions were important and so from that time onwards, the Charles Gordon-Lennox playboy of the 1970s became the Lord March we know today. March moved from London to Goodwood to take over management of the estate, following a family tradition.
Motorsport at Goodwood was started by his grandfather, Freddie Richmond, who opened the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948. However, it is really under Lord March’s management that Goodwood gained its credentials and the worldwide recognition it commands today. March established the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House in 1993. On the back of that success, he brought motor racing back to the circuit, which had closed in 1966, and he did all that by starting the Goodwood Revival in 1998.
Goodwood Festival of Speed has become a major event for all car lovers. It is an annual hill climb, featuring historic and modern motor-racing vehicles, held in the grounds of Goodwood Estate. The hill climb the highlight of the FoS weekend, however, there is so much more to see at the Goodwood FoS, with parades of all things able to be driven, historic car exhibitions and most major car brands exposing their latest (sport-cars mainly) creations. The FoS really is a must-see for anyone interested in cars and racing.
So let’s have a look at some stories around the web (and on MONOCHROME too) to get the Goodwood FoS experience.
The Official 2019 Goodwood Festival Of Speed Live Stream
If you can’t make it to the festival itself, no worries, there’s always an easy way to have a taste of what is happening at FoS… and what could be better than the official live stream of Goodwood to experience Goodwood? Cool images, the supercar parades, new models introduced at this year’s edition, the race itself, incredible pieces of motor racing history climbing the hill and great commentators…check out the live stream just below:
More details at goodwood.com.
A more serious take on the modern sports cars introduced at Goodwood FoS 2019
FoS is a hill climb event first and foremost – with all sorts of cars racing on a 3.5m/12ft wide countryside road passing in front of the Goodwood Estate and then plunging into the nearby forest, surrounded by slippery grass, bales of straw (for security) and stone walls. However, it is also a major car event, with most high-end car manufacturers exhibiting and presenting some new models too. If you want an exhaustive overview of all the new sportscars/supercars introduced at this year’s edition, you can check British automotive authority EVO.
This includes new Aston Martin models (this year’s show is centred on Aston Martin as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of its first race at Goodwood), the new McLaren GT for the first time in action, the BMW M8 Competition, the crazy De Tomaso P72, the modern version of the Porsche 935 “Moby-Dick” and many more.
Full story and live feed to be consulted here, at evo.co.uk.
MONOCHROME at FoS 2017 – Cars and Montblanc Watches
As you know, we’re not only cogheads, we’re also hardcore petrolheads! So whenever we get invited to visit Goodwood, no need to think twice… We’re there in a flash. I was personally invited to attend the 2017 edition with Montblanc – official timekeeper of the event. It was the second time I attended and I had the opportunity to stay for three days, walking around the event, experiencing the paddocks, jumping into some of the craziest cars around or standing right next to the start line of the race (surrounded by tyre smoke…)
No need to say, it was an exhilarating experience, which I tried to describe as best I could in the article below, presenting the area, the Hillclimb, the parades, the brand’s booths and, of course, some Montblanc dedicated watches.
Read the full story on MONOCHROME, right here.
Porsche Design Chronographs, the 911 GT2 RS and the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, in Goodwood
Also at the 2017 edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, our founder Frank was invited to attend the launch of both the 911 GT2 RS and the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, together with dedicated Porsche Design watches. “Attending an event like Goodwood FoS is no punishment,” Frank noted… And indeed, he was right. During a presentation with ex-F1 driver Mark Webber and legendary pilot Walter Röhrl we were introduced several watches only available to owners of the car, marking a new chapter in the collaboration between Porsche and Porsche Design.
And talking about cars… Not any kind of Porsche cars mind you since that year marked the introduction of the hyper-car GT2 RS and some rare, customizable 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series – which you can see in details, alongside the Porsche Design watches, in our article here, on MONOCHROME.