If you’ve never been to Goodwood, imagine this:
You’ve parked some cars and motorbikes on your lawn and you’ve invited your mates to race up your driveway in some classic race cars.
Well, if your name is Lord March and you own the vast historic Goodwood Estate in Chichester, that becomes a far more appealing concept. Especially when the ‘driveway’ is a legendary 1.2-mile long uphill tarmac ribbon that's hosted the most iconic cars and drivers in the world...
The Festival of Speed has become one of the UK’s most important and iconic motorsport events. It has somehow broken all the normal rules and includes things with two and four wheels, classic and modern, fun and corporate. And absolutely everyone loves it.
Tens of thousands of visitors attend each of the three main days – Friday to Sunday – and a host of racers and celebrities join them. Often to drive.
Stars from Formula One, MotoGP, classic series and so much more attend to line up in their cars, on their motorcycles and, occasionally, in stranger vehicles, to make a timed run up the Goodwood Hillclimb.
But what sets Goodwood apart from every other event is just how accessible it is – the paddocks are open and in gazebos, meaning you can walk around the bikes and cars, meet the owners and drivers, smell the rich scent of oil and two-stroke…
Every major manufacturer is there showing off racing teams, the 2015 ranges, heritage collections, concept vehicles and more.
There are also areas dedicated to aviation, with planes and helicopters on hand for a look. There are even shows from the Red Arrows and the odd fighter-jet flypast.
OUR TIPS FOR A GLORIOUS VISIT.
· It’s a long walk from the car parks to the Goodwood estates – and with so many things to see, you’ll be on your feet all day. Wear sensible shoes, bring a rucksack and take some water.
· Bikers are well catered for – you can park up for free, leave your riding kit in storage in return for a small charity donation and shuttle bus will drop you off and pick you up.
· BMW Car and Motorbike owners are both invited to drop into the BMW Pavilion and utilise the BMW Owners' Lounge to rest, relax and perhaps visit the cafe for some refreshments. This provides a great base of operations and somewhere to rest.
· Be prepared for the British weather. This might mean bring a brolly, sunglasses, waterproof and sun cream. Just in case!
· Check out the website – or our Twitter and Facebook pages – for some exciting on-the-scene updates on Thursday to help you plan your visit.
BMW MOTORRAD AT GOODWOOD.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, to be held on June 25-28, will feature a fully-fledged area dedicated to motorcycles for the very first time.
Located next to the manufacturer stands within the main event site, ‘Bikes at the Festival’ will feature indoor and outdoor displays in a specially-constructed area that covers a host of categories, including racing, touring and off-road machinery.
BMW Motorrad will display the R 1200 GS Adventure used by Charley Boorman in ‘Long Way Down’ as well as an Guy Martin’s Tyco BMW S 1000 RR, fresh from his 132mph lap at the Isle of Man TT. The pared-down Concept Roadster, HP4 Carbon and R 1200 GS Trophy will also feature.
A comprehensive roster of current BMW Motorrad road-going bikes, including the S 1000 XR, R 1200 RS and R nine T, will complement the Munich manufacturer’s line-up.
Event information is available from www.goodwood.com.