It’s not too far away from the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard is it? Hopefully you’ve all bought your tickets by now so it must be time to start planning your full trip.
6 incredible ways you could get to FOS
Get a lift from Elfyn Evans
Last year young Elfyn got a little stuck on his way to the Festival. Thankfully he’s more than capable of going off road, he just needs to get out his Ford Fiesta WRC and he can go virtually point-to-point. Elfyn has to have a passenger with him at all times to act as co-driver, so you’ll have plenty of space next to the Welsh wizard to grab a lift to Goodwood.
One of the GRR team (we won’t name him to save his embarrassment, but he can often be found looking after our social media accounts) is currently obsessed with hovercraft. We’re not entirely sure what’s brought on this sudden love for fan-based transport, but if you want to glide gracefully from a to b then a hovercraft is probably one of the better choices. They’re able to traverse both land and water, and all but the biggest obstacle can be overcome – although you might have to find a route that doesn’t include any hedges…
We saw at last year’s FOS how far jet pack technology has come over the last few years – who’d have thought that we’d see a man floating a few metres above the Festival of Speed hillclimb using just a small set of turbine engines? Jet packs are here and very real, so why not head over to Goodwood in one? There’s no need to worry about trees, roads or walls, just fly past everything and land on the roof of the house… We’re sure no one would mind. That said the range isn’t amazing, so you might need to stay close by, and we don’t know how Goodwood’s Air Traffic Control would react to such an aircraft arriving unannounced…
If a jet pack doesn’t provide enough adrenaline for you, how about freefalling toward the Festival of Speed from several thousand feet in the air? Simply book a plane ride from the Goodwood airfield and get out when you’re over the park. We’re not entirely sure where you’d land, as there’s a few buildings erected around the place, but we’d definitely suggest avoiding the Central Feature… If you land there it may take a few days to get you down.
Feel like you’re two years old again by cycling your entire way to Goodwood on a small red and yellow trike. No need to worry about greasing chains or anything as your pedals connect directly to the wheels, and imagine how many heads you’d turn as you pulled into the car park! We haven’t checked if it’s legal to pedal a trike on the road yet, but we’re sure the answer is just a short Google away.
Of course if we haven’t convinced you with any of our ideas yet, then maybe you should just drive, especially considering the work that has gone into Goodwood’s traffic control over the last few years. In fact we’d say that getting into FOS is close to being easier than ever! So maybe we’ll leave the hovercraft at home.
Photography by Adam Beresford and Dan Rye.
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