The famous Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated its 25th anniversary this month, and it was a landmark celebrated in style thanks to the parade of eye-catching supercars on display and modern elements that set this year’s Festival apart from previous editions.
The annual Festival, which regularly attracts crowds of over 100,000, is named for Goodwood House in West Sussex where it is held. The crowd has swelled dramatically since 1993, when the first Festival of Speed was attended by 25,000 people. It’s even been incorporated into the Gran Turismo videogame.
The Festival combines historic racing vehicles with modern F1 machines and sees participants embark on a hill climb race through the grounds. It also features a Supercar Run, which in recent years has been increasingly used by brands to show off the speed capabilities of their latest developments.
This year’s hill climb was won by French driver Romain Dumas in a Volkswagen I.D. R with a time of 43.9 seconds, the fastest time since 2003. It was also the fastest time set by an electric car at the hill climb, emphasising again the increasing industry trend towards electric supercars.
The hill climb also had another modern feature that set it apart from previous iterations – a man flying a jet pack up the hill.
The Festival of Speed’s silver jubilee coincided with Porsche’s 70th anniversary, and the supercar giant didn’t miss the chance to mark the double celebration, installing a 170ft white structure featuring six of the giant’s most iconic cars.
The range of supercars on show at the Festival of Speed is always worth seeing, with only the most exclusive models present. This year’s edition was no different and included the Apollo Intensa Emozione – which we wrote about back in April (specifically, its claim to be able to drive upside down) – and upcoming models such as the Porsche Speedster and the Toyota Supra.