Absolute’s Kasia highlights her Festival Of Speed experience, themed as ‘Speed Kings, Motorsport Record Breakers’.

There can be fewer more exciting and exhilarating displays of motor machinery than what we witnessed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Truly the UK’s, if not, the best European Motor Show in the heart of glorious Sussex. Opened by The Duke Of Richmond in the new Landrover Defender prototype, later tested on the Hill.


From classic cars to supercars and the incredible robo-cars, the Festival of Speed has a magnitude to offer for any car aficionado. A celebration of drivers and motor personalities. Le Manc and F1 classics were on display.

The FOS welcomed the latest Porsche 911 RSR, Audi R8 LMS GT2, Ford GT Mark II, and the magnificent De Tomaso P72. The debut of McLaren’s new GT and Aston Martin’s Rapide E made their presence felt. Aston Martin marked its 70th birthday showcasing a selection of its historical models with a spectacular fireworks display against the Goodwood House.

A record-breaking 39.9, the fastest ever run was achieved by the French driver Romain Dumas in an all-electric Volkswagen ID.R on the Goodwood Hill climb.

Celebrating Sir Jackie Stewart’s remarkable motor racing career, a former British Formula One driver made a grand appearance as did Lord and Lady March. Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris took time out to excite and meet the crowds. Numerous celebrities were spotted around the paddocks, including McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button.

The general excitement included global carmakers exhibiting their latest creations. From BMW to Rolls Royce, Jeep to Toyota.

Cartier Style, et Luxe, presented a stylish selection of classic automobiles: 1950 Abarth 205 Monza, Bugatti 57 Compressor, and magnificent winner 1933 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina ‘Bocca’ Cabriolet for the stylish car connoisseurs. Best of Show winner was judged by industry experts including Gerry McGovern, design director at Land Rover, and celebrities David Gandy and Nicholas Kirkwood.

For the unfamiliar, The Goodwood Festival of Speed, presented by MasterCard, is the world’s largest automotive garden party.

Goodwood House serves as a spectacular backdrop in West Sussex, where the event has been staged every summer since 1993.

Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the remarkable history of motoring and motorsport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport as well as world celebrities regularly attending. Highlights included the Moving Motor Show, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock, Drivers’ Club, GAS Arena, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.

Author: Kasia @thestylingagency

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