Goodwood Festival of Speed 2020 postponed
Goodwood took the decision to postpone the Festival of Speed until later in 2020 on 26 March, following advice received from the UK government and Public Health England. It was scheduled for 9-12 July. The organiser said that it is currently exploring potential alternative dates for late summer or early autumn, with tickets remaining valid for the new date. Several key tyre companies will await developments with interest, as Goodwood events are often employed as a platform for UK UHP and competition tyre marketing.
The Duke of Richmond, owner of the Goodwood Estate, said: “Over the last few weeks, we have been working together with everyone involved to understand the viability of the Festival of Speed going ahead in July. Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus threat and not knowing whether the situation will have significantly improved by then, we sadly need to postpone the Festival of Speed in July.
“These are dramatic and unbelievable times but they will pass and we are already trying to think about just how exciting it’s going to be to welcome you all back to Goodwood for what perhaps might be the ‘Greatest Event Ever’.”
Plans for the Goodwood Revival will continue to be reviewed in the hope that the event will be able to go ahead as planned on 11-13 September. A new date for the postponed 78th Members’ Meeting is also being reviewed.
In common with many responses in the world of sport to the pandemic, Goodwood used its Goodwood Road & Racing digital platform to replace the postponed meet on 28-29 March with a live stream of a selection of some memorable races and demonstrations from the GRRC archive.