Guide to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018.
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 four main days – Thursday 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 latest 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.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is held from the 12th of July to the 15th of July. This year, BMW and BMW Motorrad will share the BMW Pavillion which spans four floors.
·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 charity donation and a shuttle bus will drop you off and pick you up. If you're arriving by bike you'll need to look for Car Park D where there is an area of hard standing available for motorcycles.
·BMW Car and Motorbike owners are both invited to drop into the BMW Pavilion and utilise the BMW Owners' Lounge to rest, relax and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. This provides a great base of operations and somewhere to rest with great views of the Hillclimb.
·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.
BMW MOTORRAD AT GOODWOOD.
Located next to the manufacturer stands within the main event site, the BMW Pavillion will feature the latest BMW cars and BMW motorcycles in the range. Each floor will offer you with something completely different: the ground floor consists of several areas, an M Power display including the M2, M3 and M5, and the BMWi area, showcasing the i3 and i8.
On the second floor you'll meet the S 1000 RR Sport and S 1000 XR Sport SE and climbing further G 310 R on the Rolling Road, presented by BMW Rider Training. The BMW Owners Lounge terrace will be back in full force, offering an environment to relax and escape the rays, all whilst enjoying complimentary teas and coffees.
A roster of current BMW Motorrad bikes will be on display, including the S 1000 RR Sport, S 1000 XR Sport SE and the G 310 R on the Rolling Road.
Futhermore, be sure to catch the HP4 Race at the coveted annual hill climb.
Make sure to visit us at the BMW Pavilion, we've got a lot more in store...