The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual celebration of the motor car that takes place over a summer weekend at the sprawling Goodwood Estate near Chichester in West Sussex.
The Festival of Speed has become a must-see event for car fans from across the UK and around the world. In the absence of a regular British Motor Show, it's also now a key date in the calendar for car manufacturers to get out and exhibit their latest wares to the public.
But the manufacturer stands packed with glittering new metal are just a small part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed experience. Goodwood's unique appeal centres around cars and bikes in motion, whether that's at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show on the Friday that lets members of the public drive the latest new models up the famous Goodwood hill or the high octane thrills of the Goodwood Hillclimb itself.
Over the course of the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend, a succession of stunning vehicles are driven up the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hillclimb route, which is the driveway to Goodwood House for the other 51 weeks of the year. There's everything from 100-year-old classic cars to legendary Formula One race cars and the latest supercars from the world's most prestigious car brands.
Some cars are driven up the Goodwood hill in anger with an eye on setting the fastest time of the weekend, others prefer to cruise up or indulge in some tyre-smoking showboating for the crowds. Whatever the approach of the celebrity drivers, the Goodwood Festival of Speed provides a unique opportunity to see some of the most famous, exclusive and valuable cars in the world, in action.
And there's so much more to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Goodwood Action Sports arena showcases the skills of the world's top freestyle motocross and BMX riders, the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage is a big draw for rally fans, the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition is a display of the latest aircraft technology and then there's the spectacular Goodwood sculpture dominating the lawn outside Goodwood house.
The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place between the 26th and 29th of June and tickets are still available. The event is being sponsored by Mercedes-Benz as the German brand celebrates 120 years in motorsport and the Festival of Speed theme for 2014 is 'Addicted to Winning - The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport'.
Check out our Goodwood Festival of Speed preview page for all the latest on this year's event.