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Late last week the Earl of March – founder of the annual Festival of Speed (28 June – 1 July) and Goodwood Revival (14 – 16 September) – announced some of the news highlights for this season’s Goodwood events. These include:

2012 Festival of Speed Highlights:

At least seven current Formula One teams attending and in action, including the very first Goodwood appearance for double F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, along with the Red Bull Racing team and his team mate Mark Webber.  Expect to see other top teams and drivers at the Festival too, with more names due to be confirmed shortly.  Sebastian Vettel’s Goodwood attendance links in perfectly with the 2012 Festival of Speed theme – ‘Young Guns – Born to Win’.

The Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ is one of the World’s finest automotive concours d’elegance car design competitions, and for 2012, a unique gathering of vehicles will be brought together to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  All vehicles will have a direct connection with Her Majesty, with most never or rarely seen in public before. These will range from formal State limousines, through to personal cars, an aircraft and even a Royal train carriage.

The 2012 Festival of Speed will honour one of Britain’s most iconic and innovative sports car brands – Lotus.  The Company’s past, present and future will be celebrated with the main Central Feature ‘installation’ outside Goodwood House, plus at least 50 significant Lotus race and road cars in action and on display during the Festival weekend.

The 2012 Festival will see expansions and enhancements to the GAS (Goodwood Action Sports) arena, the relocation of the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition within the Festival Parkland, near the Moving Motor Show, plus the largest collection of two-stroke competition motorcycles ever assembled at the event.

2012 Goodwood Revival Highlights:

An at-speed demonstration of the breath-taking Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union competition cars 75 years after their memorable race in the UK at Donington.

Fiftieth anniversary celebrations for the Ferrari 250 GTO, with plans for a daily parade of at least half the total GTO production, plus an all-AC Cobra race to mark the first half-century of the iconic Anglo-American sports car.

A daily tribute to American racer Dan Gurney, 50 years after taking his first Grand Prix victory.

Two very special races, with the Nine Hours night race, 60 years after this first Goodwood race into the dark, plus a new Goodwood competition, the Settrington Cup, being held for young drivers in Austin J40 pedal cars!

A five minute video with highlights of these announcements, plus more, can now be viewed and downloaded for your own use at

There will be many other features and attractions to this year’s Goodwood motor sport event, with more details to follow over the coming weeks and months.

Tickets and further information for the 2012 Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival can be found on the Goodwood website ( sport), or via the Ticket Hotline as follows: Telephone: +44 (0)1243 755055

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Bentley’s new Continental GT 4.0 litre V8 tried Goodwood’s hill climb for size and instantly hit its stride in preparation for this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Goodwood’s VIP guests got an early glimpse of this latest member of the Continental family as well as hearing the unique, sporting rumble of Bentley’s latest high performance engine.

The Bentley Driving Team also took the opportunity to give the world’s fastest luxury convertible, the 6.0 litre W12 Continental Supersports Convertible ISR, as well as the company’s flagship, the 6.75 litre V8 Mulsanne, some early season and high-speed workouts.

At the same time Jaguar won the ‘Most Spirited Getaway’ Award for the second consecutive year at the launch of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The honour, won last year by Touring Car driver Anthony Reid in an XFR, was won at the 2012 event by Alex Buncombe at the wheel of an XJS TWR owned by JD Classics.

The light-hearted Award is given to the driver judged to have made the most enthusiastic, crowd-pleasing departure up the notorious Goodwood Hill.

The car, a 1984 Jaguar XJS TWR and chassis 005 of just seven produced was previously driven by Win Percy. It made a suitably dramatic start as the combination of slick tyres and a 485bhp, race-specification V12 and side-exit exhaust system ensured a visual and aural spectacle.

It was joined on the Goodwood Hill by the iconic Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-8/9 run by Don and Justin Law – the latter aiming to once again set the pace at the 2012 running of the event having completed the run in just over 44 seconds in previous years.

The 2012 Festival of Speed takes place between June 28 and July 1 with crowds expected to number in excess of 180,000 over the three days.

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Dates announced for Goodwood Events in 2012

Posted: September 19, 2011 by The Car Spy in Goodwood, Shows

At the opening of this year’s Goodwood Revival, The Earl of March, patron of the UK’s most celebrated motor sport meetings – the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival – announced the provisional 2012 dates for these hugely popular annual events, as well as the ever-growing Moving Motor Show.

The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is provisionally scheduled to take place over the weekend of 29 June-01 July, the same weekend that the world’s largest celebration of motoring culture has been held over the last three years.  The 2012 Festival promises to be packed with action and excitement as the planet’s most glamorous racing machinery and famous drivers gather together in the beautiful surroundings of Goodwood Park. The 2012 theme for this leading motor sport event is currently being finalised and will be announced in the coming months. 

The day before the 2012 Festival of Speed gets underway, on Thursday 28 June Goodwood’s third Moving Motor Show will be held, giving new car buyers and motoring enthusiasts the opportunity to see the very latest models up close, and in many cases drive them on a dedicated vehicle evaluation route within the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, which includes the famous Festival hillclimb.

The unique Goodwood Revival is provisionally scheduled for the weekend of 14-16 September next year.  The Revival is truly a magical step back in time and celebrates the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be with all of the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era.  Competitors and spectators alike dress in period fashions with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era for all to enjoy.

All of the 2012 Goodwood motor sport events promise a spectacular array of cars and motorcycles, plus star drivers, riders and plenty of other fabulous attractions to thrill the crowds.  Goodwood will provide all the latest news and updates on these ‘must attend’ sporting and social events in the coming weeks and months, when the finalised dates will also be confirmed.

As in previous years, admission to both Goodwood motor sport events will be strictly by advance ticket only, with 2012 ticket sales commencing from Monday 31 October 2011. 

As in 2011, young adults aged between 13 and 18 can purchase Festival of Speed and/or Revival tickets for half the full adult price.  Previously all visitors aged 13 or over would have been charged at full price.  Children of 12 years or under remain free of charge, as does all car parking.

Tickets and further information for the 2012 Festival of Speed, Moving Motor Show and Goodwood Revival can be ordered by on the up-dated Goodwood website ( sport/), or via the Ticket Hotline as follows:
Telephone: +44 1243 755055
On-line via the Ticket section of the website sport/

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Another successful Goodwood Revival comes to an end

Posted: September 19, 2011 by The Car Spy in Goodwood, Shows

Retro fashion, beautiful vintage aircraft and some of the rarest and most sought after motor cars in the world mixed with closely fought and highly competitive racing today at Goodwood as the 14th Revival meeting drew to a close.

Among the estimated 140,000 people visiting the Goodwood Revival and entering into the vintage spirit of the event were musician Jay Kay and broadcaster Chris Evans.

On track a trio of Jaguar Mk2 saloons took part in the St. Mary’s Trophy race against the thundering Ford Galaxie 500 musclecars.

Elsewhere, an incredible 14 Supermarine Spitfires took to the skies over the weekend, thrilling the crowds with aerobatic displays as they skimmed the tree tops, marking 75 years since the maiden flight of the aircraft in style.

The weekend has seen a diverse selection of vintage cars from Jaguar’s sporting heritage racing in anger and on static display at the Goodwood Revival. It forms just one part of the celebrations throughout 2011 to mark the E-type’s 50th anniversary.

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Rolls Royce expands Goodwood manufacturing plant

Posted: September 13, 2011 by The Car Spy in Goodwood, Rolls Royce
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The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood in West Sussex is to expand in the months ahead. The news follows significant growth in worldwide sales over the last 18 months and a greater demand from customers for highly personalised Rolls-Royce Ghost and Phantom models.

The expansion includes an increase in size by more than 2500 square metres for the Assembly Hall, completing the final phase of development from original site plans for the production area. A new extension will also increase the Surface Finish Centre by more than 640 square metres. Total investment in the project will be about £10 million.

This development follows record sales in 2010 and growing demand across all markets, both at home and internationally. The company is also expanding its dealer network, with several new dealerships recently launched in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe and more are planned in the balance of the year.

The new space, and a number of additional infrastructure changes, will allow the company’s manufacturing and Bespoke operation to expand significantly. Bespoke allows Rolls-Royce customers the luxury to commission motor cars that suit their personal lifestyles and creative desires, transforming super-luxury cars into unique hand-crafted masterpieces which are as individual as their owner’s fingerprint. This year, Rolls-Royce has seen a significant increase in demand for personalised bespoke models, and the company recently announced a doubling in the number of Bespoke experts throughout the business.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am very pleased to announce our expansion plans. We continue to see increased demand from customers all over the world and the new facilities will allow us to increase the capacity for our hand-built, highly personalised motor cars. This investment demonstrates our confidence in this unique brand, our commitment to our Home at Goodwood – the only place in the world where Rolls-Royce motor cars are built – and signals the next phase in the development of our company.”

Mark Prisk, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, said, “It is good news to hear that Rolls-Royce has plans for expansion at the Goodwood site. It is a further endorsement of the strength of the automotive sector in the UK. Automotive is the UK’s number one manufactured export – in 2010 the UK auto sector exported over £27 billion-worth of vehicles and parts.”

Construction is planned to commence later this year and will be completed in late 2012.