Goodwood celebrates 25 years of Festival of Speed in style

Basking in the Sussex sunshine, hundreds of thousands of spectators descended on the Duke of Richmond’s grounds last week for another memorable Goodwood Festival of Speed event.

Showcasing hundreds of jaw-dropping cars and bikes from the automotive world, both from on the road and on the track, the four-day spectacle once again proved to be a fitting celebration of all things horsepower.

The event also celebrated its own personal milestone as it marked 25 years since the inaugural Festival of Speed was held back in 1993. Then a one-day event, Festival of Speed has since continued to grow in stature with each year that has passed, becoming the four-day extravaganza that it currently is.

As ever, visitors were greeted to this years event by an impressive central feature situated in front of Goodwood House. Commemorating Porsche’s 70th anniversary, the 52 metre tall structure showcased some of the German manufacturers most iconic machines – all of which looked impressive as the sun shined off them.

Back on the ground, vehicles from the past, present and the future were on display for fans to get up close and personal with, whilst many also tackled the infamous 1.16 mile hillclimb across all four days too.

Records tumbled on the hillclimb course during the event too with the eagerly anticipated shootout on Sunday seeing Pikes Peak conquering Volkswagen I.D.R winning the main event with a time of 43.86, a record for an electric car.

In a sign of the times, an electric car finished second too with the NextEV NIO EP9 setting a best time of 44.32 whilst Joerg Weidinger’s V8-powered BMW E36 M3 claimed third.

As major manufacturers and championships showcased themselves, a feast of stars turned out to tackle the hill and meet those that had flocked to the event. The likes of Jenson Button, Billy Monger, Valtteri Bottas, Sir Jackie Stewart and many more were all in attendance and ready to put on a show.

Once again delivering an event like no other in the world, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will live long in the memory and with 25 years already completed, the next 25 are set to be even more exciting.

Goodwood’s next event takes place on September 7/8/9 as the years get rolled back for three-days of classic racing.

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