One of the world’s rarest cars is hurtling towards you on a track that’s tighter than your average country lane. Behind the wheel is a world-famous racing driver who you may get the chance to have a chat to over a beer later on that day. An original Spitfire thunders overhead echoing the chorus of a V12 warming up for its turn on the track. This is just an average moment at Goodwood – and when it comes to hospitality, it sure beats a round of golf.
As a stalwart of the Season scene, Goodwood is a golden choice, with its world-renowned motorsport events providing the perfect excuse to ditch the City, don your summer finest and head to West Sussex for a day doing something everyone will enjoy.
Kicking things off from 29 June-2 July is Goodwood’s legendary Festival of Speed. Dubbed the ‘largest motoring garden party in the world’, the spectacular gathering brings together the world’s greatest cars and bikes as well as motorsport legends past and present on the manicured lawns outside Grade I-listed Goodwood House. It’s a full-throttle assault on the senses, where you can watch a dazzling array of the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars tackle the famous Goodwood Hillclimb.
To really appreciate the event in style, Goodwood’s hospitality pavilions are your best bet. Brand new for 2017 is the Clark Pavilion: it’s located at the most dramatic corner of the Hillclimb Course, which has seen its fair share of thrills and spills. With both indoor and outdoor areas, guests can get an up-close view of the action, enjoying food and drinks while experts take care of the driving on the track.
For those who prefer something a little more classic, Goodwood Revival from 8-10 September is the place to immerse yourself in the glamour of motor racing’s gilded age. It’s the only historic race meeting to be staged in period dress giving it a fun and frivolous feel. That said, the motors are very serious, with more than 100,000 people heading to the event to see some of history’s most remarkable cars. Booking the Goodwood Mess hospitality area will add a dose of theatrical happenings, and ensure a jolly good time.
Whichever occasion you choose, what’s for certain is an unrivalled atmosphere at a unique event that’s a key part of the British summer social calendar. Multiple Goodwood winner Roy Salvadori once said, “Give me Goodwood on a summer’s day and you can forget the rest of the world.” If ever there was a place to spend a day ‘out of office’, this is it.
To enquire about any of Goodwood’s hospitality products please call the team on 01243 755 054 or visit goodwood.com/hospitality