Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is held at Goodwood House in West Sussex England. In 2017, it runs from June 29 to July 2 and if you are lucky enough to be in England, you will be presented with a symphony of celebratory events that showcase the beauty of speed. However, if you’re not there, you can still stream the coverage which is broadcast online throughout the event.
The Goodwood Festival is a hill climb that features historic race cars, rare supercars and motorbikes. The event began in 1993 and was founded by Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara. The event has increasingly become larger with new features and attractions being added each year.
One particular feature of the event is the central display. This attracts attention not only for the attendees but all around the world in the design community where extravagant displays push the limits of creativity. Since 1997, a car manufacturer has been honoured with these central displays to celebrate anniversaries and motorsport success. In 2017, the central display honoured a career for the first time, that of Bernie Ecclestone.
Honda have an interesting display this year called the Honda Challenge Lab. The display will showcase Honda technology and their vehicles through interactive activities and demonstrations.
Porsche have launched their new 911 GT2 RS at Goodwood which has a top speed of 340km/h and a 0 to 100 time of 2.8 seconds. The engine is a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six providing a more than adequate 515kW of power and 750Nm of torque.
Furthermore, on display will be the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series which is the luxury counterpart to the 911 GT2 RS.
For those who can’t be at the event, the website offers a fantastic livestream via YouTube which is a great way to see some of the spectacular machines on offer.
– Daniel Romano