On this day in auto history – June 13th

Sun 13th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 1993 that the first ever Goodwood Festival of Speed was held.

Hosted in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, the festival was the brainchild of the Duke of Richmond - president of British Automobile Racing Club - who wanted to bring motor racing back to his famous estate which had hosted private hillclimbs in the 1930’s and is steeped in motoring history.

The first event, featuring a range of events involving historic motor racing vehicles, proved a great success by attracting 25,000 people on a Sunday, so a Saturday was added the following year.

Due to a booming demand for tickets, a Friday was introduced as early as 1996, whilst a Moving Motor Show was added in 2010.

Billed as ‘the largest motoring garden party in the world’, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is now firmly established as the greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture in the world and attracts 150,000+ crowds over its weekend.

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