We attended the world’s biggest and best celebration of car culture
One of our favourite weekends of the year, the much-anticipated 2021 Festival of Speed returned to Goodwood on the 8th-11th July.
Just down the road from us here in sunny Sussex, Goodwood’s Festival of Speed is the world’s greatest coming together of motorsport and car culture, welcoming thousands of visitors across four days of high-speed and adrenaline fuelled action.
Showcasing some of the world’s most expensive and elaborate cars, it’s the ultimate celebration of everything motorsport and we were there to get up close and personal, enjoying unrestricted access to some of the most recognisable and famous cars on the planet.
There was a distinct buzz in the air as motorsport fans gathered for the special Festival of Speed event which felt like a long time coming. It had been able to go ahead this year despite current COVID restrictions, thanks to its participation in the Government’s science-led Events Research Programme.
The Maestros of Motorsport
It was great to get the 67 Degrees team together for a day out amongst high-octane entertainment – such as the famous Hillclimb – which is the ultimate iconic Festival of Speed feature. This year, it was the McLaren 720S GT3X driven by Rob Bell which clocked the fastest time during Shootout Sunday, completing the hill in just 45.01 seconds – now that really got hearts racing!
Elsewhere at the festival, we experienced the wonders of modern F1 machinery as we got within inches of Aston Martin’s Cognizant Formula One team car – the AMR21 – which made its debut in Bahrain back in March. McLaren’s orange and blue beast – the MCL35M – driven by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo was also on show, plus the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W12 E Performance car driven by Lewis Hamilton.
We witnessed stunningly expensive motors in the Michelin Supercar Paddock, which showcased the most exciting and inspiring road cars in the world. It really was the stuff of dreams as we drooled over exquisite examples of supercars, such as the Lotus Evija, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster, McLaren 720S GT3X, and the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport amongst so many others.
It was well worth hanging around the supercar paddock until the bitter end, when we spotted F1 legend Jenson Button, who was in the Aston Martin tent discussing the beautiful Aston Martin Valkyrie with the team. We also bumped into Brazilian pro racing driver, Bruno Senna, who is nephew of the late great Ayrton Senna.
The Future of Automotive
EV had a huge presence at the festival this year, showcasing the latest in electric technology. With a huge area dedicated to EV, it invited visitors to immerse themselves in the future of motoring and tech within areas such as Electric Avenue and BP’s Future Lab. We even spotted former British professional boxer, Nicola Adams, in the Polestar area receiving an in-depth tour as they debuted the experimental fully-electric Polestar 2 concept car.
There was plenty of action to take in and every corner of the festival was consumed with full-throttle fun. We trekked up to the Forest Rally Stage, joining hardcore petrol heads to indulge in a taste of what the World Rally Championships had to offer and it did not disappoint!
It wasn’t just the cars that were the stars of the show though – the Red Arrows put on a spectacular 20-minute performance as the crowd watched in awe at their jaw-dropping aerobatics. The incredible stunts included a tribute to the NHS and a newly-added stunt in the form of a big red heart which adorned the sky above Goodwood.
With so much to see and do, it really was a day to remember and we look forward to doing it all over again next year!