Racing on the Edge at The Festival of Speed 2015
‘Goodwood House combines the glamour of a great English country house with the warmth of a family home’ but from the 27th of June to the 30th you are invited to the most white knuckle garden party of them all! Situated slap bang in front of Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed 2015 is a day out like no other. With a theme of ‘Flat-out and Fearless: racing on the edge’ this year looks set to send motor heads into a petrol scented Nirvana. With everybody who’s anybody in the world of motor sport arriving in their throngs for the heady concoction of revving engines, billowing dust and above all… speed!
It is a known fact that The Festival of Speed prides itself on bringing its audience something new every time and this year will be no exception. The event promises never before seen exotic super cars, the art of drifting has been added as a whole new category to their epic car displays, and they will be the first to globally debut the Bienville Legacy –the most powerful four cylinder motor cycle ever created. Alongside these gear changing launches the old faithful’s so synonymous with The Festival of Speed 2015 will be out on top form as always. It would simply not be the same without the iconic Red Arrows display or a spectacular piece of art in the form of their ‘central feature’.
If there is one word on everybody’s lips more than any other it is ‘Drifting’. This new category is set to have some of the industry’s biggest names taking to the wheel. Two of the best know exponents of drifting: ‘Mad’ Mike Widdett and Monster Energy athlete Ken Block are set to wow the masses with their contributions to the ‘Catch my Drift’ section of the event. Block, whose 300 million YouTube views speak for themselves and ‘Mad’ Mike Widdett who earned his place in Goodwood history last year when he won the ‘Spirit of the Festival’ award. With his iconic techniques encapsulating the theme of this year’s event, he looks sure to be the driver that nobody should miss.
More than anything else the Festival of Speed sells an experience. It offers the race goer an opportunity to have an intimacy with cars that might otherwise be unattainable. Many of the manufactures offer unique opportunities that simulate the experience of driving their cars. This year, Mazda is exploring this concept, but through the form of music! For the four incredible days they will be hijacking The Stable Yard and hosting an open air gig. Inspiriting the notion of ‘foot down, music up’. All inspired by the Mazda MX-5! There will be live music, new bands and BBC 6’s Tom Ravenscroft as the host with the most. Promising a truly unforgettable experience.
With unparalleled hospitality and stalls and exhibits in their hundreds, there is something for everybody, making it no surprise that Goodwood enjoyed 180,000 visitors to the Festival of Speed in 2014. With the accolade of being the ‘world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of not just the history of motor sport and car culture but all things luxury’ it is truly a unique event. Weather you muddle along in your Micra or rage about in your Rolls Royce, The Festival of Speed 2015 will be perfect for you.