The Goodwood Festival of Speed may seem like a very British thing, but it is in fact one of the most highly anticipated motoring events in the world. Each year, it brings together an interesting mix of vehicles all over the world in one event – from all-new supercars, million-dollar classic cars, Formula 1 cars, drift cars, functional concept cars and recently even rally cars. In recent years, it has even played host to a number of car launches. But undoubtedly, the best thing about the Goodwood FOS is that nearly all of the cars race up Lord March’s driveway.
This year, however, none of that will not be happening. Goodwood organizers have announced that its key motorsport events, mainly the 2020 Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival race, will not be taking place in July and September, respectively. The reason cited is due to ongoing social distancing measures put in place by the UK government in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
“For a business like ours, which is all about bringing people together to enjoy the things they love, social distancing has had an unavoidable impact on our ability to operate. The Festival of Speed and Revival events will return in 2021 and, in the meantime, we are delighted to give our incredibly loyal members and dedicated followers a unique opportunity to increase their connection to Goodwood by becoming part of our new Goodwood Supporters Association initiative,” said the Duke of Richmond.
Organizers say that all General Admission, Grandstand, and Hospitality tickets remain valid for 2021 for those wishing to attend next year’s events. Customers will also be eligible for a refund should they want. Meanwhile, a third option will allow ticket holders and fans to play a key role in the future of both events as Goodwood relaunches the Goodwood Supporters’ Association.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is just one of the many motoring events affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly though, the Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand will push through this July, and will likely be the first big motoring event to continue in spite of the pandemic.