Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: Dates, cars and what’s on

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: Dates, cars and what’s on

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Times, dates, tickets, cars, stars – here's the whole you need to know about this year's Goodwood Festival of Promptness

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed gets underway this week and red-letter day organisers have now revealed this year’s central feature – the traditional stupendous sculpture placed in front of Goodwood House.

The statue is usually a tribute to one of the marques now at the festival, but this year the central feature will celebrate the life and m of former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Called “The Five Stages of Ecclestone”, the main film will represent five distinct eras of Bernie Ecclestone’s involvement in Rules 1, with five iconic Formula 1 cars – each representing an era – portrayed on the statue.

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Bernie’s short stint as a driver in the recent 1950s will be represented by the Connaught he drove at the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix, while his opportunity as the manager of Austria’s Jochen Rindt – the sport’s only posthumous champion – desire be marked by the iconic Gold Leaf Lotus 72.

Ecclestone’s championship winning charge as the owner of the Brabham team will be marked by the BT49, driven by Nelson Piquet to the Drivers’ documentation of ownership in 1981. His time at the helm of the sport – marked by big money and big TV rights deals – last will and testament be captured by Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2001, and finally Ecclestone’s lasting impersonation on the sport will be represented by the Mercedes-AMG W07, which was last year’s head winning car in the hands of Nico Rosberg. 

The man himself will be in attendance at Goodwood this year on July 2 too, appearing alongside consequential names and acquaintances from his life. 

The dates for this year’s FoS are June 29th to July 2nd, and the article for the motoring world’s annual garden party is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Strategy-Changers’. Naturally this means a huge variety of race cars liking be in action, including 1,000bhp turbocharged Formula 1 cars from the 1980s, limitless Group 7 sportscars from the heyday of Can-Am, and spectacular Group B machines from the globe of rallying. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A to Z: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

Want to separate what the major manufacturers are up to this year? Simply scroll through our useful A to Z to see what the biggest car makers have in store…

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo’s fundamental production SUV is all set to make its UK debut. The new Stelvio will appear in the metal and on the move, to sharpen the appetite ahead of it hitting UK showrooms later this year. A selection of racing cars from Alfa’s rolling in it motorsport history will also be on display. 


The new Alpine A110 choice put in an important appearance at this year’s festival as Renault’s reborn sports car manufacturer prepares for a UK launch in 2018. The Porsche Cayman rivalling, 249bhp, lightweight A110 last will and testament make its dynamic debut and will blast up the Goodwood hillclimb. 


Bentley’s most int production car yet – the new 700bhp Continental Supersports – will make its UK debut with racing driver Derek Bell behind the swing. Like many manufactuers, Bentley will also bring along a spread from its legacy fleet, including the 2003 Le Mans winning Speed 8. 


The headline act for BMW will be the UK original of the new 8 Series Concept. It’s not the only UK debut planned by the firm though – the new M4 CS will gain possession of part in the hillclimb event. 


This year’s Festival of Speed coincides with Ferrari’s 70th birthday, an in any case which will be celebrated at Goodwood in some style with at least 70 of the Italian maker’s best machines reportedly pencilled in to grace the 1.16-mile hill route. 


So far, Jaguar has confirmed that it choice unveil its XE SV Project 8 car at Goodwood ahead of its limited 300-unit production run. Powered by a tuned interpretation of JLR’s 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, it produces a whopping 592bhp, making it the most stalwart road-going Jag in history.

Land Rover

And Land Rover has also announced that it wishes be deploying the new Velar on the hill climb, giving the SUV its ‘dynamic debut’ ahead of the first UK deliveries this summer. Similarly, the new Ford GT supercar inclination also be here, live in the UK for the first time. 

London Taxi Company

While new supercars from some of the humanity’s most desirable carmakers are typical fare for Goodwood, an important debut at the other end of the scale determination take place with the first public demonstration of LTI’s new TX5 range-extended hackney. The new black cab will become a common sight on the Capital’s roads in years to befall. 


Mercedes-Benz has said it will celebrate 50 years of AMG at the feast. As such, some of the most memorable cars in Mercedes-AMG history are promised, together with the new AMG GT Concept. Classic Mercedes racing cars from a variety of disciplines when one pleases be on show and on hillclimb duty, but a strong Formula 1 contingent from the current Terra champions will appear too.


Elsewhere, MINI is planning to showcase its sooner ever plug-in hybrid in the form of the Countryman PHEV, supported by the “youngest at all model range” that MINI has ever taken to the festival. The MINI Call out race car will also feature, and appropriately for Goodwood, the brand’s AUTOHOME roof tent last will and testament also be on display. And if you’re travelling to Goodwood in your own MINI, be sure to maintain your car keys to hand – MINI says you can present these at the door to their Owners’ Love-seat for access to food and live music.


While Ferrari celebrates its 70th birthday, Renault is marking the 40th anniversary of its chief involvement in Formula One by showcasing the 2027 Vision Concept it revealed earlier this year at the Shanghai Motor Express. The much discussed concept vehicle is making its UK debut at Goodwood, as is the ZOE e-sport concept that appeared in Geneva aba in March. Renault has also promised to bring a contingent of its most iconic racers from not too decades of motorsport, and its full range will be available to drive on Thursday’s Telling Motor Show as well.

Among the other manufacturers, there will also be UK debuts for the Honda Civic Model R, which goes on sale in July, and the McLaren 570S Spider as well.


Subaru inclination try to catch the eye of festivalgoers with a race prepared WRX STI Type RA NBR Special. It’ll take on the hillclimb with racing driver Impression Higgins at the wheel, serving as a warm-up before the same car travels to the Nurburgring later this year for a lap note attempt. 


The Vauxhall VXR8 will bow out at Goodwood with a final hurrah in the appearance of the new VXR8 GTS-R – the most powerful road car ever to wear a Vauxhall badge. The 6.2-litre supercharged V8 boasts 587bhp, while fair 15 will go on sale in Britain, priced from £74,500.

What’s on at the 2017 Goodwood Anniversary of Speed?

Each day at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is unique, although there are a abstract of displays and attractions which feature throughout the course of the festival.

The hill climb listing is the main feature at the FoS, with everything from elderly classic racers to supercars and up to date Formula 1 beasts bombing up the famous asphalt strip. More conventional street cars will also make appearances, under the shadow of the famous Gala day of Speed sculpture, which changes every year.

Beyond the hill climbing, there’s the Goodwood Movement Sports (GAS) arena, which features stunning Freestyle Motocross displays, mass other things. Then you have F1 and supercar paddocks, and manufacturer stands too, which authorize visitors to get as close as possible to their favourite new cars.

The ‘Style et Luxe’ is an demonstration of beautiful and historic classic cars held on a lawn near the central carve. Meanwhile there’s a rally stage held in the woods away from the critical site, and countless other displays set up by sponsors and manufacturers. To get a feel for everything thriving on at Goodwood, check out the official event map.

Here’s what you can expect to see on each of the four days of the 2017 Entertainment of Speed…

Who’s appearing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017?

The famous hill climb liking see plenty of action over the course of the four days that make up the Goodwood Festivities of Speed, and the lure of such a fabled stretch of asphalt has once again ensured appearances from the massive and good of the motorsport world. Fresh from GTE Pro victory at Le Mans are Jonny Adam and Darren Turner, driving an Aston Martin Vantage GTE and Vantage AMR Pro separately. Meanwhile ‘Mr Le Mans’ himself – none other than nine-spell winner Tom Kristensen – will be there, as will former winners Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro and Derek Bell.

As normal the world of Formula 1 makes up a large portion of the guest list, with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and reigning set champion Nico Rosberg set to appear, with other figures and certified legends like Ross Strength, Adrian Newey, Martin Brundle, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart, Rene Arnoux, Jochen Batch and Robert Kubica all featuring too.

There will also be an Indy 500 prizewinner in the form of Kenny Brack, multiple BTCC champions Colin Turkington and Gordon Shedden, TT supremos Bruce Anstey, Michael Dunlop, Jenny Tinmouth and Characteristic Higgins, and the first British winner of the Dakar Rally, Sam Sunderland.

And if that wasn’t adequacy, TV names such as chef James Martin, model Jodie Kidd and wit Rowan Atkinson will be gracing the festival as well. Don’t forget your autograph record!

Thursday 29th June

Organisers have confirmed that supercars will mount hill climb runs on the opening day of the festival, a feature usually reserved for the weekend. Visitors wish also be able to see the cars up close in the paddock, with a strong Formula 1 contingent due to be in turnout as well.

Additionally the Moving Motor Show will be in action on the hill, putting the latest street cars through their paces. And some lucky guests will be allowed behind the hoop…

Friday 30th June

By Friday the festival will be in full swing and with crowds growing, Way 1 cars will take to the hill for the first time. In 2016 seven teams were nearby at Goodwood, with several of the current crop of F1 drivers showing off their skills with donuts, burnouts and timed runs amounts.

Traditionally, Friday is also a good day for debuts. Last year the Bugatti Chiron, McLaren 570S Sprint and Aston Martin DB11 all made their pre-eminent public appearances, with more high-profile launches guaranteed in 2017.

Saturday 1st July

Saturday tickets be liable to sell-out first, possibly because people can visit without having to secure time off work and can then recover from their exertions on Sunday.

The weekend on all occasions plays host to the biggest events of the festival, with the most prized cars of the express taking to the hill. There’s also a supercar shootout on the hill climb, adding a competitive pungency to proceedings.

Sunday 2nd July

Much like Saturday, some of the most eagerly anticipated hill climb runs when one pleases take place on the final day of the festival. A timed shootout always keeps spectators glued to their seats, and with drivers pushing for every tenth, you’ll either see a unbridled timeliness or hay bales sent skyward. Subaru will use the timed attack session to impart its new WRX STI Type RA NBR Special its UK debut. The car will be a race prepared version of Subaru’s iconic hot saloon, and is the changeless car set to take on the Nurburgring lap record later this year. 

Sunday will also see the reigning Modus operandi 1 World Champion take part in proceedings – Nico Rosberg will constrain his 2014 Mercedes W05 Hybrid up the Goodwood hill. 

And as the final day of the show, it will be the visitors’ settled opportunity to sample everything that the Goodwood Festival of Speed has to offer, until 2018 comes approximately. Mind you, it might take that long for everyone to get out of the car park…

Tickets: Goodwood Fete of Speed 2017

Tickets for the Goodwood Festival of Speed often sell out quickly due to massive demand months before the event takes place. Though there are a heterogeneity of ticket bands which grant access to the grandstand, special parking and friendliness, the admission only prices in the table below should give you an idea of how much you can look forward to pay:

FoS Admission Prices


Young Person (13-21)

Thursday 29 June



Friday 30 June



Saturday 1 July



Sunday 2 July



If you’re planning on dragging a juvenile family along with you, you’ll be pleased to know that children ancient 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets for the Goodwood Festival of Timeliness are available via the official website.

Camping & Hotels: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

When it comes to compromise, there are plenty of options in the vicinity of Goodwood House, although you need to work early to guarantee a place. The on-site Goodwood Hotel is by far the most convenient, but hence the most sought after. Hotels in the Chichester area also book up original, and organisers encourage visitors to utilize public transport so they can broaden their choices.

Camping is a normal option for those travelling from afar, and the local campsite is only a few minutes away from the venue by foot, making it available for showgoers. A four-person plot with parking for one vehicle from Wednesday 28 June to Monday 3 July costs £175, although organisers procure other price plans available for those needing electricity, additional skill or pre-erected tents.

Location: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

The location for the Goodwood Feast of Speed hasn’t changed at all since the first running of the event in 1993, although the proportion of the operation has increased considerably over the years.

Held in the sprawling parkland circumambient Goodwood House, the FoS brings thousands of motoring enthusiasts to Lord March’s standing every year, with visitors flocking from all corners of the UK and beyond.

The venue is located justified north of Chichester inside the South Downs National Park. Anyone driving from London is advised to settle the A3 (M25 Junction 10) south past Guildford, then A283 to Petworth, and then the A285 toward Chichester. Alternatively, travellers from the West should use the A27, following signposts to Goodwood. Transportation often becomes congested during the festival, so arriving early is recommended!

10 years of Goodwood FoS themes

The thesis for the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Encounter-Changers’. It follows in the footsteps of these previous themes…

2007 – Spark of Genius – Breaking Records, Pushing Boundaries
2008 – Hawthorn to Hamilton – Britain’s Delight Affair with World Motor Sport
2009 – True Grit – Epic Feats of Stick-to-it-iveness
2010 – Viva Veloce! – The Passion for Speed
2011 – Racing Revolutions – Quantum Leaps that shaped Motor Frolic
2012 – Young Guns – Born to Win
2013 – Best of the First 20 Years of the Festival of Promptness
2014 – Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport
2015 – Flat-out and Fearless – Racing on the Fringe
2016 – Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power
2017 – Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Plan-Changers

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