Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

The 27th Festival of Speed made a triumphant return to Goodwood at the weekend, with the 4 day event welcoming the public through the gates for the first time since 2019.

Indeed the prolonged lack of motorsport action at the hallowed ground of Goodwood was a major blow, not only for fans, but also for the wider Goodwood estate and the surrounding areas. There was good news as the 2020 Speedweek offered some respite and was a worthy compilation of the best of the Festival of Speed and the Revival. The successful event was put together in very challenging circumstances, but the lack of fans meant it wasn’t quite the same. That all changed last Thursday.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
FOS was back and it felt good!

When the gates opened to the public at 7am last Thurdsay morning, the atmosphere of Goodwood changed in an instant. The paddocks and the stands and the wide open spaces were quickly filled with thousands of giddy motorsport fans young and old. The sense of excitement was almost electrifying and pausing for a moment to drink it all in, the sound of roaring engines, the smell of octane and burnt rubber combined with the buzz of the crowd was a wonderful moment. The Festival of Speed was back!

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The Goodwood marshals were called on once again to shepherd the crowds and the cars

Take to the Road spent two days at the 27th Festival of Speed, which was frankly not enough to take it all in, such was the scale. The timetable of events over the 4 days was more than impressive. There was non-stop action taking place from one end of the show grounds to the other. And the motoring delights on display in the paddock and across the whole weekend were simply sublime.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Performance Parking West was a sea of colour
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
With some very cool cars basking in the morning sun

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return



Once through the Pheasentry entrance on the north west corner of the grounds, fans were immediately greeted by the Performance Parking West spot, which all by itself was a fascinating car show. A couple of hundred guests arrived each day and parked on the lawn north of the paddock and provided a fitting welcome to visitors as they made their way into the show.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The paddock was bustling once again
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Ferrari F1 was in town with the 2009 F60

With this years show sporting the theme “The Maestros – Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders”, petrolheads were guaranteed a superb 4 day treat! One thing was very clear however was that as the crowds, drivers and cars moved round the paddock, this years show was all about making up for lost time. Friends and families were reunited for a fantastic day out and the 4 days were the perfect opportunity for drivers and their support teams to catch up and have a good old natter, and burn some rubber as well. Indeed with the amount of rubber that was laid down at FOS over the weekend, more than a few of the drivers were certainly making the most of their high speed runs up the famous Goodwood Hill.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The 1958 Aston Martin DBR1
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Surveying the paddock as excitement builds before heading to the start line
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The 1983 Porsche 956 LH Le Mans leads the 1987 962C Le Mans in the paddock

The GPBox Vintage Car Memorabilia Collection

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Nick Masons 1970 Ferrari 512S gets its car number for the weekend
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The DBR1 is ready to rock and roll
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The mighty BRM Type 15 rolls through the paddock. The V16 sounded absolutely glorious on the hill climb!
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
“Wish me luck old boy!”

Everywhere you looked there was one fascinating piece of historic racing metal one after another, all driven by the great and the good. It was a smorgasbord of delights and then some!



Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The famous Lotus 18 that was driven to victory in the Monaco GP by the late Sir Stirling Moss
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Followed by another famous Lotus, the 79 JPS that was driven by Mario Andretti

One surprise collection was the Lancia Heritage race and rally cars, which Take to the Road first saw in action at Best of Italy in 2017. It was amazing to see them all once again, the Martini livery adding to the colourful displays in the paddock.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The Lancia LC2 gets ready
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Delta S4 and 037… absolute legends!
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The mighty 1976 Stratos races up the hill

One absolute gem in the Lancia garage was the 1979 Fiat x1/9 Abarth Prototipo. For x1/9 owners, this is a holy grail car and an example of what the mid-engine wedge was capable of with some Abarth magic.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Admiring the x1/9 Prototipo
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
There can’t be very many x1/9s that have raced up Goodwood Hill

As well as the many famous cars there were many famous faces as well, including the great Sir Jackie Stewart who was behind the wheel of two Tyrrell Racing F1 cars.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The maestro himself Sir Jackie Stewart at the wheel of the 1973 Tyrrell-Cosworth 006
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
And Sir Jackie Stewart returning to the paddock after the demo run



Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Jensen Button was in the Williams garage trying out the Keke Rosberg 1982 Williams-Cosworth FW08
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Karun Chandhok popped by to interview Jensen and he also got a spin in the Rosberg Williams
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Jensen was looking forward to the drive up the hill in the FW08
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Esteban Gutierrez was driving for Mercedes F1 over the weekend
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The former “Stig” from Top gear, Ben Collins was racing the Praga R1
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Fifth Gear presenter and racing driver Vicki Butler-Henderson was interviewing on the Supercar Stage
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
Fellow Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith was also in town, no doubt working on the next Smith and Sniff podcast special
Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
This years King of Goodwood Hill was the McLaren 720S GT3X which won the Shootout with a time of 45.01

With the dust now settled on an octane filled four days, this years FOS could not have been better. A special mention of course has to go the Duke of Richmond for putting on the brilliant comeback event. His team can take a bow as all the hard work over the past 16 months finally came together and made the 27th Festival of Speed one to remember.

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return
The Duke of Richmond on the blower making sure everything goes smoothly. And go smoothly it did!

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return



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Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

Goodwood Festival of Speed makes a triumphant return

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