Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: When is it? What’s on?

Taking place from Thursday 12 July to Sunday 15 July, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will have an apt Silver Jubilee theme this year as it celebrates its 25th year.

The first festival, in June 1993, redefined what a car event could be and in the years since it has firmly established itself as one of the world's greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture.


As such, the Duke of Richmond who hosts the event on his grounds will choose his 25 favourite moments from the first 25 events – personal highlights that he considers landmarks in the Festival's history. His choices and the cars and drivers that created them will be woven into the programme in July.

Held in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, the annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles has become one of the premiere events on the UK motoring calendar in those 25 years.

Here’s what you can expect from this year's big weekender…


Friday is the first day of the festival at which the prized vehicles from the Formula 1 and Supercar Paddocks - among others - will take to the Hillclimb. The 592bhp hybrid Polestar 1 will be making its dynamic public debut at the Hillclimb, and will be the first time anyone can see the the two-door electric performance hybrid in action.

Polestar chief test driver Joakim Rydholm commented: “Driving the Hillclimb has been a long-time ambition for me, and to be able to do it in the same prototype in which we’ve spent so many months of development time, is truly special.”


Polestar 1 won’t be the only brand new vehicle we’ll be getting our first glimpse of when it goes up the Hillclimb though.

The next new McLaren sports car will also be making its public debut ahead of its official reveal at the end of the month, with this teaser image revealed:


The fifth model announced under McLaren’s Track22 business plan will benefit from increased power, minimised weight, optimised aerodynamics and enhanced driver engagement.

It will also deliver track-focused dynamics and, like the McLaren Senna which preceded it, will be limited to the few.

Aside from the Hillclimb, throughout the course there will be timed runs and racing at the Forest Rally stage and Goodwood Actions Sports Arena.


Saturday sees the party really get started, with the Hillclimb action extending to include drift cars, bikes and much more.

Away from the Hillclimb, the Off-road Arena will be host to thrilling action while heroes of motorsport past and present will be available to meet as well as watch.

Porsche will be the honoured marque this year, in celebration of the manufacturers 70 years of sports car production. The full range of Porsche’s achievements will be showcased in a dedicated batch on the Goodwood Hillclimb, with other examples displayed around the site.

Godowood FoS Porsche 1998

Previously the German marque has celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998 and the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 in 2013 at Goodwood.


All good things must come to and end, and the weekend reaches its thrilling climax as the timed Hillclimb Shootout takes place to crown the champion of the 2018 Festival of Speed.

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