Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011

Whilst not being a ‘proper’ hillclimb, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is undoubtedly the most popular event in the UK which takes place on a hillclimb course.

Williams F1 cars at the 2010 Goodwood Festival

The course, which winds it’s way across the estate, and past the house at Goodwood is very fast and quite wide by hillclimb standards but is notoriously bumpy. These bumps have caught out many superstars from the motor racing world over the years including Nigel Mansell, Derek Bell and Tom Kristensen.

These days the event at Goodwood is more of a parade than a competitive event, but what a parade it is. Some of the fastest, most beautiful and most charasmatic cars ever made wind their way up the hill and past the crowds of upto 100,000 people.

This years visiting stars include; Rauno Aaltonen, Rene Arnoux, Derek Bell, Martin Brundle, Helio Castroneves, Emerson Fittipaldi, Dario Franchitti, Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill, Andre Lotterer, Nigel Mansell, Guy Martin, Hannu Mikkola, Sir Stirling Moss, Bobby Rahal, Mark Webber, Dan Wheldon, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

So, if you aren’t going to Tregrehan, Shelsley or Harewood this weekend and fancy a hillclimb with a difference then check out the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Admission is by advance ticket only, but you can buy online and collect at the gate, and it’s not really that much more expensive than Prescott or Shelsley (but take a picnic, food is pricey).

Nick Mason with an Auto Union D-Type at Goodwood 2010

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