I finally managed to get to Goodwood this year for the 20th Festival of Speed (FOS). I have never been before so I was thrilled to be able to be part of this year’s event. The FOS is effectively, the world’s largest motoring garden party, and Goodwood brands itself as “the largest car culture event”. I find that an interesting description of the event. At first thought “culture” is an unusual choice of word to describe the FOS, but the more I think about it, the more accurate the description is.
I have wanted to attend the FOS for a very long time. Why? Well, I suppose for the “culture”. 😉
I am an “enthusiast” when it comes to cars, racing and motorsport, so Goodwood is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture. The FOS is a wonderful event. It is fun, informative and unique, showcasing the weird to the wonderful, the eccentric to the elegant, the rare classics to the newbies. The weather this year was fantastic, to boot. The atmosphere was vibrant yet relaxed. The people working on the cars, prepping the cars and bikes for the track, or showcasing new or unusual road vehicles were all incredibly friendly. There are very few events where you are permitted to get so up-close and personal with the stars of the show.
I recently heard the FOS likened to the motoring equivalent of Ascot. That is quite an impressive comparison! The FOS is a family event and even though I am not a child, I was excited to see the cars and stars of Wacky Races present at the event. They were there primarily for the kids who were excited to play in the cars and have their photographs taken with the cartoon characters. Clearly, I was not the only adult excited by this… I guess there are quite a few people like me who count Wacky Races as one of their favourite cartoons!
The 2013 FOS was the 20th anniversary of the event. Porsche and McLaren had a large presence throughout the event as they are both celebrating 50 wonderful years. Here are some photos I took over the weekend.