Goodwood Festival of Speed Goes Ahead As ERP Pilot Event

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood has confirmed that the Festival of Speed will now form part of the Events Research Programme (ERP) as a pilot event and will take place as planned from Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 July.

Before you go booking any hotels or trains, it’s worth noting the popular event is already sold out across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with all 2021 Festival of Speed ticket, hospitality and grandstand pass holders ensured entry including those rolling over from 2020.

Those attending will also need to make sure they’re all ‘jabbed up’ (both doses) at least 14 days prior to the event beginning… or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test within 48 hours of the event.

Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood Festival of Speed – Photo: Drew Gibson

The iconic ‘Central Feature’ at this year’s event will celebrate key manufacturer Lotus, best known for its pioneering road and race cars, including the spectacular all-electric Evija hypercar.

The Maestros – Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders

In line with this year’s ‘The Maestros – Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders’ theme which has been consistently exemplified by former American driver, current championship team owner and billionaire, Roger Penske, Goodwood will showcase Penske’s momentous career by assembling some of the team’s most famous cars at the Festival. These will include Team Penske’s first Indy 500 entry from 1969, the four-wheel-drive Lola T152; the McLaren M16B representing the first of the teams 18 Indy 500 wins in 1972; the Penske PC23 which dominated the 1994 Indy 500; as well as the 2006 and 2018 Indy 500 winners.

Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Duke of Richmond said:
We are incredibly excited that Roger is able to join us at the Festival of Speed this year as we celebrate Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders, among whom he undoubtedly numbers. We are very much looking forward to seeing the hugely successful Penske racing cars alongside Roger himself take to the Hill over the course of the weekend

The Festival of Speed will include appearances from current F1 teams and drivers, road car debuts, and the Future Lab. On display amongst a series of towering projections, will be an extensive collection of EVs including city cars, saloons, SUVs, sports cars, and hypercars. The ambition behind ‘Electric Avenue – The Road To 2030’ is to make electric mobility uniquely accessible, with visitors able to explore and compare different makes and models and discover this new way of life for themselves.

Goodwood Festival of Speed – Photo: Nigel Harniman
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said:
As we put our foot down and accelerate towards a zero-emission transport future, I’m delighted to see this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed showcasing some of the latest models of EVs at the new ‘Electric Avenue’.

With £2.8bn of government support to encourage their take-up, there has never been a better time to switch to an EV – helping clean up the air in towns and cities right across the UK

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