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Festival of Speed FAQs

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Entry is by advance ticket only. It is not possible to buy ticket(s) on the day, and there will be no admission without a ticket.

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The action on the hillclimb commences at 08:45hrs on each day of the event. Gates open at 07:00hrs, which provides a great opportunity to look around the paddocks before the action begins.

Car parks are free and open at 06:30hrs. 

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FRIDAY

The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks-off with a free practice day, a chance for the drivers and riders to familiarise themselves with the challenging twists and turns of this famously demanding hillclimb. The paddocks, filled with mouth-watering machinery, are the focal point for early visitors, many of whom have  travelled across the world to see these rare and beautiful cars. Nowhere else will you see such a gathering of priceless racing machinery in one place at one time. In the gardens behind Goodwood House the annual Bonhams’ Summer Sale attracts the high rollers, and the dreamers, to its auction of the rarest and most valuable classic cars. Get your copy of the souvenir programme and wander slowly around the multitude of exhibitions, galleries and shops while soaking up the intoxicating atmosphere of the world’s biggest motor racing garden party.

SATURDAY

The day when visitors get the chance to watch world champions rise to the challenge of setting fastest time of the day on the hillclimb track that winds its way up from Goodwood House to the crest of the Sussex Downs. At the top of the hill, the World Rally Championship teams take to the tracks through the forest in a mesmerising display of car control between the trees. In the air, dramatic air displays thrill the spectator, while down below in Goodwood Park, music plays while families get together to picnic in the stunning grounds of Goodwood House.

SUNDAY

All the action takes place in earnest against the clock. The spine-chilling shrieks and howls of the latest Formula One cars bring the crowds to the edge of the track, as the heroes of modern Grand Prix racing come out to play. The fastest drivers on the planet, in the most sophisticated racing cars ever made, will blow your mind with their skill and showmanship. The fastest cars of the weekend, both modern and historic, will line up for the ‘Sunday Shoot-Out’ when they go head to head on the hill for the glory of setting the fastest time of the Festival of Speed. The day culminates in the Prize Giving ceremony where Lord March awards his much-coveted prizes and medals as the sun goes down behind Goodwood House. Memories are made of this.

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Trackside viewing is available at several locations, including grassed spectator banking from Molecomb Corner to the Flint Wall. To ensure that there is no obstruction to viewing, camping chairs are not allowed on these terraces. There are also giant screens in front of the Cricket Pitch, at Kinrara (Turn 1), in the Activities Field, at Molecomb Corner, the Formula One Paddock, to the side of Goodwood House and at the top paddock/Forest Rally Stage. You may prefer to purchase a ticket to one of the Festivals’ eight Grandstands. Please read on for further Grandstand information.

GRANDSTANDS

The Hillclimb is peppered by eight large and easily accessible grandstands affording excellent trackside viewing. All grandstand tickets are roving, which means that you can move between these eight different vantage points, as many times as you want throughout your visit. You can rove between the Startline Grandstand where you can watch the cars and bikes smoke their way off the startline, Molecomb Grandstand where the cars tackle the Hillclimb’s most challenging corner or Pheasantry Hill Grandstand to catch the cars on their final uphill sprint to the finish line.

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You are able to pre order a programme before the event that will be available for collection on arrival to the Festival.

You will receive: an ear piece radio, Time table of events, Location map, a preview of the programme sent by email one week prior to the event.

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A free event earpiece radio is included in the price of the official printed programme, and is pre-tuned to the event’s dedicated station, Radio Goodwood on 87.7fm.  This radio enables you to hear all of the live action and results the moment they happen.

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As the Festival is an open air event held primarily in parkland, comfortable shoes and casual clothing is best. Always bring some light wet weather clothing as, even in summer, the British weather can be unpredictable! If you will be using our corporate hospitality pavilions, then smart casual dress is required.

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It’s always a good idea to have them in the boot of your car. Why not check out an advance weather forecast for the weekend so that you are prepared for any eventuality. The Festival has experienced both scorching sun and torrential rain, so the best advice we can give is to be prepared for anything!

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Those visitors displaying a Disabled car badge will be directed to a dedicated parking area from which a shuttle service to the event will operate. There are raised viewing platforms for those in wheelchairs and grandstand tickets are available for the ‘Pheasantry Grandstand’ which has a front row suitable for wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are also available. Electric scooter chairs are available for hire from Shopmobility – it is essential to pre-book with Shopmobility on 0300 500 8085 or by visiting www.cfheh.org.uk/mobilityevents|.

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The crèche, with baby changing facilities, is situated next to the Goodwood Road Racing Club pavilion behind the Molecomb Grandstands. Ear defenders (available at the Goodwood Shops on-site) will enable all visitors, especially children, to get closer to the action without feeling uncomfortable.

Children under the age of 12 do not need an entry ticket.

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There is an on-site pharmacy providing medicines, toiletries, suntan lotion, earplugs and sunglasses, located behind the Park Grandstand, and there are numerous first aid sites located around the Festival staffed by qualified doctors and medical staff.

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Due to the nature of the event, visitors can expect to experience a certain level of noise from the vehicles taking part. Ear defenders (available at the Goodwood Shops on-site) will enable all visitors, especially children, to get closer to the action without feeling uncomfortable.

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There is a Bureau de Change situated behind the Park Grandstand. There is also one site for cash machines, based on the Cricket Pitch.

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No dogs are permitted into the event, nor should they be left in your car or in the campsite. Only guide dogs and assistance dogs for the disabled are allowed on site.

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Parking at the Festival is free and car parks open from 06:30hrs each day. All car parking is on grassland. There is an area of hard standing at Goodwood Motor Circuit for motorcycle parking and helmet storage is available. Parking on approach roads is not permitted at any time. Overnight parking/camping is not permitted in any car park. For those eligible for reserved parking, parking labels must be displayed when approaching Goodwood. Please follow traffic signs and instructions from marshals to the appropriate car park.

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26 - 29 June 2014