Facts to know about the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Taking place in the parkland surrounding Goodwood House, home of Lord March, the Goodwood Festival of Speed sees everything from historic racecars to the latest supercars being raced up the Hillclimb track. Read on to find out the key facts and figures concerning one of the year’s biggest celebrations of motorsport.

Key facts about the festival:

Taking place between 4th-7th July 2019, more than 498,000 tickets and wristbands will be printed for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which, along with the F1 Paddock Club Monaco, provides visitors with one of the most iconic sporting spectacles of the year.

The total amount of mileage covered on the Hillclimb throughout the weekend will be roughly 4,200 miles, which is the same distance as driving from Goodwood to New York! Approximately 4,500 bales of hay will be used to set up the Hillclimb and off-road areas, whilst 12 miles of trackway will be laid. 3,800 of those hay bales will be used to line the track, whilst a team of 300 marshals will ensure that the event runs smoothly, with 600 radios making up the festival’s communication network.

More than 2,000 signs will be erected across the estate, whilst over 10,000 cups of tea will be served in Goodwood House. You can enjoy your cups of tea on one of the 1,000 picnic benches which are brought in. Hydration will not be overlooked either, with more than one million litres of water being kept on site. For those who prefer something slightly stronger, roughly 6,300 pints of Goodwood Lager will be pulled, along with 2,900 bottles of Veuve Clicquot and 2,500 glasses of Pimms.

Key things to look out for:

According to Autosport, there are reports that Damon Hill will be driving one of his former rival Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 cars during the festival, as part of a celebration of Schumacher’s career.

Much like the F1 Paddock Club Monaco, there will be plenty for visitors to enjoy at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, with over 300 exhibitors set to be on site and over 200 temporary structures being built.

Interestingly, enough temporary power to power the whole of Chichester is needed to stage the event, where the collective horsepower of the cars running on the hill will be approximately 120,000bhp!