Numerous motorsports events all over the world have already been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the 2020 seasons of MotoGP and Formula One. Major auto shows such as this year's Geneva Motor Show and even the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) have all been postponed.
Unfortunately there’s more bad news as another renowned and beloved yearly motoring event has been postponed.
The 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed set to be held at the Goodwood estate in West Sussex England originally slated this coming July 9-12 has been postponed. The announcement came after organizers discussed the viability of the event pushing through on the original dates. But due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, they decided it was safer to postpone the event on a later date.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was revived in the early 1990s by Lord March (now the Duke of Richmond) who wanted to bring back the spirit of motorsport to the estate after a 40-year absence. During every staging of GFOS a number of different attractions litter the estate ranging from the soapbox race, a rally stage and most famously the timed hill climb that hosts all kinds of vehicles from pre-war race cars to the most modern ones. Participation in the events has seen the likes of the vehicle owners all the way to famous retired and current racers from multiple disciplines.
Through the years though it’s improved each attraction as to be up to date with the current trends in the automotive and motorsports world. Numerous brands displayed their latest models for showgoers to see. The organizers even included drifting as part of a new attraction complex in the estate last year.
At the moment, no confirmed date has been announced as to when the festival will resume. However, the situation is being closely monitored by the organizers headed by the Duke of Richmond in order to ascertain the best time to hold the event.
According to organizers current ticket holders need not worry as the tickets will still be valid when the event does push through.