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The Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard has expanded for 2018 and is now a full four-day event. Thursday’s new timetable will feature an opportunity for some of the world’s largest motor manufacturers to show off their latest range in their own specific batches. Alongside the designated manufacturer runs, a selection of the finest racing content will be in action on the hill, as well as the first practice session for the prestigious Sunday Shootout.
At the top of the Hill, competitors on the Forest Rally Stage take their first trips through the trees as they shakedown their cars in anticipation for three days of high-speed action.
The most extreme two-wheeled talents jump onto the saddle for the first of four days of intense action in the Goodwood Action Sports Arena, while the aeronautical prowess will be on show for the first of the ever-impressive air displays above the Festival of Speed site.
Friday offers a second chance for the drivers and riders to familiarise themselves with the challenging twists and turns of this famously demanding Hillclimb. Many visitors take Friday as an early opportunity to view the Festival of Speed Paddocks. Filled with the greatest collection of motorsport history in one place, the Paddocks contain some of the most mouth-watering and priceless racing machines on the planet.
Halfway up the Hill, the Britpart Off-Road Arena kicks off in earnest, with the most brutal off-road warriors taking on purpose-built jumps and obstacles at speeds you’d get told off for on the public roads. For those seeking a taste of the thrills of off-road action, Thorney Motorsport will be offering passenger rides around the Off-Road Arena across the weekend.
The Forest Rally Stage sees its first full-throttle skirmish as the most iconic cars from every era of rallying slip and slide their way through the trees on a route designed by rallying legend Hannu Mikkola.
The Goodwood Action Sports Arena showcases the finest talents in the off-road two-wheel world, as athletes from a range of extreme sports put on an extravaganza for the fans in attendance.
Make sure to keep an eye on the clouds as those magnificent men in their flying machines put on a show worthy of any International Airshow. Previous years have seen jaw-dropping displays from The Red Arrows, a Eurofighter Typhoon, the last flying Vulcan and even a Boeing 747!
In the gardens behind Goodwood House, the annual Bonhams Summer Sale attracts the high rollers and the dreamers to its auction of the rarest and most valuable classic cars. Purchase your copy of the souvenir programme and wander slowly around the multitude of exhibitions, galleries and shops while soaking up the intoxicating atmosphere of the world’s biggest motor racing garden party.
Saturday gives Festival goers, many of whom travel across the world to see their heroes and legendary cars, the chance to watch world champions get behind the wheel of the cars that made them famous, taking on the 1.16-mile hillclimb alongside some of the most impressive and iconic cars in the history of the sport.
The Michelin Supercar Run turns on the stopwatch as cars from over 20 manufacturers battle against each other to see who earns bragging rights for another 12 months. In 2017, Chris Ward took the Audi R8 to the top of the time sheets with a 51-second run. Gamer-turned-racer Jann Mardenborough and Nissan hold the fastest time ever recorded by a road car on the Hill, setting a 49.27 in 2014.
The Britpart Off-Road Arena continues to showcase some of the biggest and most brutish machines making light work of the obstacles that lie in their way. Thorney Motorsport continue to offer passenger rides around the Off-Road Arena for those wanting to get that much closer to the action.
At the top of the hill, the World Rally Championship teams take to the tracks through the forest in a mesmerising display of car control between the trees. Meanwhile, Goodwood Park plays host to one of the most thrilling displays of two-wheel madness there is to offer.
The Red Arrows fly into Goodwood aerospace for some of the most outstanding feats of aerobatic excitement the RAF has to offer. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open as the squadron leader talks you through this exceptional display of derring-do.
The Goodwood Action Sports Arena sees the very best in Freestyle Motocross, Trials, BMX and Mountain Biking taking on a cacophony of tricks in the man-made playground for adrenaline junkies.
The fastest drivers on the planet, in the most sophisticated racing cars ever made, will blow your mind with their skill and showmanship as they compete against the clock in the Sunday Shootout, all looking to beat Nick Heidfeld’s 20-year record of 41.6 seconds. The howls and growls of modern Grand Prix cars bring the crowds to the edge of the track, as the heroes of the World Championship scene come out to play.
The Forest Rally Stage offers a chance to catch World Rally Championship machinery taking on Goodwood’s bespoke rally stage through the woods and vying for the coveted Spirit of the Stage award.
The gladiators on the Britpart Off-Road Arena tackle the giant jumps and obstacles for one final time, while Thorney Motorsport offer thrill-seekers one final chance to get their fix with passenger rides around the Off-Road Arena.
The Goodwood Action Sports Arena takes centre stage for one last day of spectacular two-wheeled stunts, with a collection of the World’s finest BMX, Trials, Motocross and Mountain Biking athletes ready to take your breath away.
Keep eyes on the skies as the Red Arrows bring down the curtain on a weekend of stunning aerobatic displays with their imitable, quintessentially British display.
The day culminates in the Prize Giving ceremony where The Duke of Richmond awards his much-coveted prizes and medals as the sun goes down behind Goodwood House.