Once in a year, Lord of March invites to its HP-party on the manorial country estate Goodwood. Now this event, the Goodwood Festival of speed, has grown in international importance and everybody who has rank and name, can be found here. The property is about an hour’s drive north of London. What is usually an idyllic fairytale paradise, can be characterized on these days by superlatives: the tags are fast, loud and extreme. On a closed road, which is laid out as a mountain track, racing cars present their performance. For several years the automobile industry has recognized, that show is suitable for presenting new cars and you can see also the one or the other prototype or race car, you will not face every day.
This year’s event was unfortunately interrupted by heavy rain and the meadows changed very fast to mud holes. But because English are always prepared for such situations, a majority of the 170 000 visitors already came in riding or rubber boots. This circumstance did not diminish the joy of the automotive rarities. When is it possible to experience Museum vehicles, formula 1 cars or exotic race cars so close in full dynamics and with roaring engines? In Goodwood, which in any case is an absolute must since 1993. Here everything is given. Each individual participant can properly „fly his vehicle on the short track“. The Lord of March calls this „poetry of motion“. It pleases the spectators and they cheer the passing vehicles along the route.
In the pit lanes, one can shake hands with racing drivers like Jackie steward, Stirling Moss or Nick Heidfeld and get an autograph. The atmosphere here is loaded with petrol and one can hardly hear ones own words if the racing teams start their engines to run warm.
A few meters further at a meadow are the pavilions of the automakers, in which the world premieres are presented. An absolute highlight among them was the Bristol Pinnacle planned for 2018, which strongly reminds in shape and lines to the classic Bristol 404. Aston Martin unveiled the Vantage GT12 roadster and Mazda showed the MX5 RF.
The spectacle has also its price. The admission ticket is between 32 and 360 pounds. But the event is worth this price.