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From supercars and F1 machines to road cars and future technology, we talk you through everything you need to know about this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed  

This week sees the return of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world’s largest automotive garden party set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex.

Staged every summer since 1993, the four-day festival features over 600 cars and motorcycles from the world of motoring and motorsport, with legendary figures from the sport, as well as international celebrities, in attendance. 

The theme for this year is “Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers”, celebrating the ultimate heroes of motorsport past, present and future.

The focus will not just be on the Land Speed Record, but on every area of record breaking in motorsport, from the most consecutive wins, to most championships, fastest laps, most poles set by a manufacturer and many more.

This year also sees some changes to the physical layout of the festival with the relocation of the road car paddocks making way for an all-new live action arena guaranteed to thrill spectators.

Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday visitors can witnessing drift cars shredding tyres, stunt drivers doing the daring, insane and unimaginable with car and motorcycle displays, making the new Arena the ultimate amphitheatre of action.

Other highlights of the iconic festival include:

  • The Hillclimb – The most iconic aspect of the Goodwood Festival of Speed where supercars, touring cars, electric cars and specially-built hillclimb monsters will battle it out to be crowned the fastest car of the event.
  • F1 Paddock – Head over to the Sky Sports F1 Paddock to get within inches of the latest F1 cars from the top teams around the world.
  • FOS Future Lab – A new immersive technology experience for 2019 where visitors can take an awe-inspiring look into the future to see how we will be getting from A to B in the not-too-distant future.
  • Michelin Supercar Paddock – Your chance to get up close and personal with the most exciting and inspiring road cars in the world as the most stylish and technologically advanced supercars are all lined up for your inspection and enjoyment.
  • The Arena – Brand new for 2019, The Arena will be dedicated to those cars that travel best sideways; four-wheeled drift cars!
  • Central Feature – Encapsulating the ambition and passion for design that runs through the Festival of Speed, Aston Martin will be the honoured marquee in this year’s Central Feature to mark their 20th anniversary of their first race at Goodwood.
  • Style et Luxe – The Cartier Style et Luxe Lawn is the finest concours d’elegance in the world where the most beautiful cars are presented in exceptional condition.

Still not sure if the Goodwood Festival of Speed is for you? Fear not, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has created an infographic with everything you need to know about the greatest motorsport show on earth.

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 takes place on 4-7 July.