Theme announced for 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the motoring highlights of the summer, and now the organisers have announced this year’s theme: “Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers”. Running from 4 – 7 July, the event will celebrate record-breaking speed machines from the past, present and future (not that it doesn’t do this every year, in some form or another).


Motorsport has always been about pushing man and machine to the very limit, and this year Goodwood will celebrate the people and machinery that set the benchmark or raised the bar.

The focus will not just be on the Land Speed Record, but on every area of recording breaking in motorsport, from most consecutive wins, to most championships, fastest laps, most poles set by a manufacturer and much more.

It’s fitting, therefore, that it’s 20 years since Nick Heidfeld broke the outright Goodwood Hillclimb record, covering the 1.16-mile course in just 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren MP4/14. Last year, Volkswagen’s electric I.D. R Pikes Peak car came close to breaking the crown. Could 2019 be the year for a new record holder?

We haven’t heard much from manufacturers about the 2019 show, but expect more info to be revealed over the coming months. If you want a taster of what to expect, check out what happened at Goodwood last year. If you’re interested in going, you can find and book tickets on the Goodwood website.