► Guide to 2018 Festival of Speed
► Photos and the best bits from #FOS
► 25th running of upmarket car show
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is underway and it's proving to be something of a scorcher in 2018. Read on for our guide to the best bits, the pick of our best photos and some of the sights and sounds that make the #FOS such a world-class event.
World's poshest automotive garden party? You bet. But it's also fizzing with enthusiasm, new and old cars of significance and not a little innovation from the Duke of Richmond, the driving force behind it for these past 25 years.
Here's what happened at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed on its silver anniversary.
1) Vantage Point: the Goodwood startline
The startline is always a good place to, er, start. The short hop down to the bottom of the hillclimb is well worth the walk: marshals close off some of the access points during runs but nowadays a bridge on the start straight makes it a cinch to wander down to see racers such as this serious Porsche 911 get skewed sideways laying down some rubber during a full-bore take-off.
2) Flying Escorts and history galore
It's equally well worth the work to the top of the hill, where you'll find the rally course spearing through the dusty trails and trees on the estate. The humble Ford Escort rally car was celebrated in style at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed - and, as usual, owners were more than happy to compete with surprising vigour considering the age (and value) of their steeds. There was everything from a Mk1 Twin-Cam in which Roger Clark claimed victory on the 1968 Circuit of Ireland to the Cosworth BDA-engined RS1800 in which Ari Vatanen bagged the 1975 British Rally Championship. Escort fans won't be disappointed.
3) The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is hot, hot, hot!
The first few days of the 2018 event will be remembered for the heat: Goodwood scorched at the Festival of Speed this year and the ground was parched. All the better for big, dusty burn-outs!
4) There were an awful lot of Land Rovers...
CAR magazine's Tim Pollard (above) joined in the Land Rover parade to mark 70 years of tough workhorses - in this Range Rover police car. It was the biggest parade of cars ever congregated in one run in the festival's 25-year history and took some planning, with owners, fans, the official heritage fleet and the Dunsfold Collection all being raided for the event. It won't be remembered for being the fastest climb in Goodwood's first quarter century, but it'll perhaps go down in history as one of the most poignant.
5) The Porsche sculpture was typically mesmerising
Dangling priceless heirlooms higher in the air than Nelson's column can't be an easy decision to make in a German boardroom; but when the result is as spectacular as Gerry Judah's installation at Goodwood House, you can understand why. Flying 959s, 917s and the odd 911 are endlessly watchable, trust us.
6) Drift mode engaged
If the hillclimb was ever ensconced in a fug of tyre smoke, chances are it was the drift category. Always popular at the Festival of Speed, this year's throng included some especially sideways nutters, including New Zealander ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett, US slide-king Vaughn Gittin Jr, former Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg in his 1000bhp Nissan 370Z and reigning Formula Drift champion James Deane in his Nissan-engined Mazda.
7) Rocketman stole the show
The JB11 JetPack made its European debut at Goodwood and - we mean this - wowed the crowds with his rocketman skills up and down the main straight. Capable of going 200mph and at a scarcely believable 10,000ft, he kept it a little lower and slower at #FOS. But the noise, agility and flying manness was just something else. Quite extraordinary.
Read on for everything you need to know about the Festival of Speed and our full preview.
Goodwood Festival of Speed preview guide
The British motor show may have disappeared along with Earls Court, but if you want to see the latest metal car makers have to offer, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is your best bet each summer.
First launched in 1993, the event celebrates its 25th anniversary – a very silver jubilee – this year, and that means an action-packed show is in store for anyone heading to West Sussex. For more information about the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, including tickets, dates and what to expect from the world’s biggest car makers, keep reading.
Watch: Goodwood Festival of Speed live video stream
The Festival of Speed takes place this weekend, from 12-15 July. Because 2018 marks the silver anniversary, this year’s event will focus on 25 key moments in the show’s history, hand-picked by organiser the Duke of Richmond.
Although the event is in full swing, you can still buy tickets for it online here. An adult weekend admission will cost you £164, while single-day tickets can range from £37 to £60 depending on the dates you go for.
What to expect: an A-Z preview guide to the Goodwood Festival of Speed
In the absence of a proper British motor show, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become one of the places you’ll see public debuts and some interesting announcements in the UK. With that in mind, there’s already a lot to look forward to:
Nurburgring edition models Debut of the track-inspired specials
Stelvio QF Dynamic debut: one of the world's fastest SUVs
V12 Vantage V600 Dynamic debut
Rapide AMR Dynamic debut of tweaked saloon
DBS Superleggera (below) Debut of the GT Aston
Vantage GTE Hillclimb by the race-spec V8
Bentayga W12 Hillclimb by thundering SUV in Rolls-Royce's back yard
Mulsanne W.O. Edition Exclusive Mulsanne is a nod to Walter Owen Bentley
New 8-series Makes public UK debut: meet the new 6-series replacement
M8 Gran Coupe Concept Also on show - the M division one
Hockney 1995 Art car Guest appearance by specially painted icon
BT62 (below) Dynamic debut of extreme supercar
New Mustang Bullitt Homage to that film
Special edition Ford Mustang GT More 'Stang tweakery on display
Old GP car collection Long-time supporter of FOS returns in 2018
Urus We drove the first right-hand drive Urus SUV up the hill at FOS
Heritage fleet Lots of 70th anniversary muddy goodness at Goodwood
600LT Lightweight, lengthy supercar gets a public reveal
Italdesign GT-R50 With a little help from Italdesign, it's the ultimate GT-R
Robocar (below) Taking on the Goodwood hillclimb - without a driver!
Autonomous 1965 Mustang Another autonomous hillclimb - this time in a 1960s 'Stang
New Supra (below) Landmark new coupe makes dynamic, camo'd world debut up the hill
1910 C-10 Prince Henry Acknowledged as the world’s first sports car
1993 Lotus Carlton and other classics More from the doomed Vauxhall heritage collection
Fenyr SuperSport 789bhp supercar gets UK debut and goes up the hill
We'll update this article as we get more pictures and news in from the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.