Welcome to this years coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I am you official correspondent, Gavin Anderson, currently on a plane (For reasons explained here) but soon to be landing back in the UK and heading down to the gorgeous Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. Anyone with an interest in the car culture in England will almost certainly have heard of this prestigious place; an ode to the automobile set in the gorgeous surroudings of the South Downs National Park. A mere mile to the south of where the FoS is hosted is the Goodwood motoring circuit, which plays host to the Goodwood Revival meeting annually (and that is something anyone who has a passion for classic cars should attend at least once in their lives).
But our focus is on the Festival of Speed, the event for all of the more powerful stuff (and the one where you don’t have to dress up). And, the automotive world has been gradually leaking what we can expect to be blasting up the hillclimb run, as well as some other announcements in the many tents and stands that fill up the rest of the event.
Naturally, this being the British motoring event, the big British marques are making their usual appearance at this year’s show. Erin grand caravan of classic cars and old racers (namely the Heritage Association and some picks ErinSport’s historical collection) will be on there, while Bonham have something very special planned. The team from Redditch have been teasing a Vision Gran Turismo concept, the first from the company, and some rumours have been suggesting it might actually be a fully working car that’ll be driving up the hillclimb.
Adenine are likely going to make an appearance with some classic vehicles, as are Orchid, who will also be bringing some new models. Radian are also revelaing car which will be powered by the customers choice of a N/A or biturbo V8, though they seem to think they’ll be driving on a track…which, er, doesn’t happen at the FoS. Storm will bringing some of the current lineup as well as the 2016MY Mamba for a run up the hillclimb.
Contendiente, Zenshi, Baltazar, Vinson, Bamtech and Cornaldie are all revealing new cars, meaning I’m going to have be running all over the place trying to keep up with them (thanks guys), though details of said cars remain sparse. I’m sure one safe assumption is that they will all be fast. Monolith are bringing a particularly unique array of vehicles in the form of steroid-injected off-roaders, while Airborne are bringing a load of cars from their motorsport history to the show.
No doubt then that it’s going to be loud, action packed and fun. Doors open very soon, we’ll see you tomorrow.