Goodwood Festival of Speed
A celebration of motorsport
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a celebration of the very best from the past, present and future of motorsport. What better way to visit than to charter a helicopter to the event. Arrive in style at the historic old Goodwood motor racing circuit where a VIP shuttle will transfer you into the heart of the action. The Festival of Speed is one of the most popular events in the motorsport calendar and attended by over 100,000 people on each of the three days it runs. The roads around the circuit can get quite congested and hiring a helicopter to fly you into the event saves both time and hassle.
Arrive in style
Helicopter transfers are available from other airfields in the south east, including Shoreham, Redhill, Fairoaks, Blackbushe and Farnborough. A flight from London Battersea Heliport takes just 20 minutes and can save hours of travel time in the car. Departures from hotels and private sites, and even your own back garden, can be arranged on request.
A circuit steeped in motorsport history
The historic Goodwood Circuit is steeped in British motor racing history with the first race meeting taking place in 1948, on the old perimeter track of RAF Westhampnett. The circuit was to become famous for the Glover Trophy, a non-championship Formula One race and the Tourist Trophy sports car race. Many famous drivers raced here. Stirling Moss won the 500cc race at that first meeting in 1948 and 14 years later St Mary’s Corner bore witness to the accident that ended his career. In 1966 racing at the historic old circuit finished, as the owners did not want to modify the circuit with chicanes to control the ever increasing speed of modern racing cars. It wasn’t until some thirty years later that Goodwood was to see any further racing, in 1993 the first Festival of Speed took place in the grounds of Goodwood House, followed five years later by the Goodwood Revival for historic motor cars and bikes.
The Goodwood Hillclimb
The principal attraction of the Festival of Speed is the hill climb, a 1.16 mile course that the fastest Formula One cars can complete in just over 40 seconds. Each day over 300 cars race up the narrow ribbon of tarmac bordered by dense woodland and flint walls. Spectators are able to get within a few metres of the track seperated from the action only by straw bales. There is no event in the world where fans are able to get at close to some the finest, and fastest, cars on the planet.