The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered another blow to the classic calendar as Goodwood FOS postpones the planned 2020 event until later this year.
Coronavirus casualties are mounting daily as this year’s Goodwood FOS, scheduled to take place on July 9-12th joins the ever-growing list of postponed or cancelled spring and summer activities.
Goodwood said it is currently exploring potential alternative dates for late summer or early autumn with any tickets already purchased for this year’s event remaining valid for the new date.
The Duke of Richmond, owner of the Goodwood Estate, said:
“Over the last few weeks, we have been working together with everyone involved to understand the viability of the Festival of Speed going ahead in July. Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus threat and not knowing whether the situation will have significantly improved by then, we sadly need to postpone the Festival of Speed in July.
“These are dramatic and unbelievable times but they will pass and we are already trying to think about just how exciting it’s going to be to welcome you all back to Goodwood for what perhaps might be the ‘Greatest Event Ever.”
New dates for the Festival of Speed will hopefully be communicated in the coming weeks, but nothing has been pencilled in due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its accelerated spread across the UK.
Plans for the Goodwood Revival will continue to be reviewed, in the hope that the event will be able to go ahead as planned on September 11-13th. A new date for the postponed 78th Members’ Meeting is also being reviewed – to get a motorsport fix in place of this weekend’s postponed meeting, Goodwood Road & Racing will host a live stream this weekend (28th and 29th March) of a selection of our favourite races and demonstrations from the incredible GRRC archive.
The live stream will begin at 10 am and run until 6 pm GMT on Saturday, and continuing through the same hours on Sunday, just as we would have done for a normal Members’ Meeting. Sunday, however, will, of course, be BST, so don’t forget to change your clocks.
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