With more than 20 new vehicle launches, Goodwood is now on par with global automotive showcases such as the Geneva International Motor Show.


As the dust settles following the 27th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Duke of Richmond's laid-back celebration of motoring and technology can now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with traditional motor shows such as Geneva and Frankfurt as a focal point for the global automotive industry.

This year's show opened on with the Duke of Richmond driving Land Rover's prototype Defender up the Hill Comparisons with these great bastions of gleaming coachwork are ever-more relevant. At Geneva this year there were 20 new models launched by 17 brands plus the additional sparkle was added by 22 concept cars from established and emerging automotive houses.

At the Festival of Speed, meanwhile, 22 new models from 21 manufacturers were launched or alternatively appeared in pre-launch camouflage or 'closed room' presentations. A further 26 recently-launched cars made their first dynamic appearances anywhere in the world.

From the moment that the show opened on Thursday morning with the Duke of Richmond driving Land Rover's prototype Defender up the Hill, the tone of the 2019 Festival of Speed was set. Through the next four days, the spotlight turned from one manufacturer to the next, from hand-made British sports cars such as BAC Mono and Radical through to global volume players including Audi and Lexus.

Goodwood's lawns offers spectators a chance to see cars in a real-world environment Goodwood's sun-drenched lawns do not suit the strobe lights and dry ice that are part and parcel of revealing a concept car, but what it offers is a chance for the cars to be seen in a real-world environment - albeit a spectacular and prestigious one.

That backdrop on the Hill, Rally Stage and Cartier Lawn represents the finest original cars and motorcycles from 125 years of motoring. To this has been added elements including urban and e-sports in the Goodwood Action Sports Arena, applied technologies in the Festival Of Speed Future Lab and in a new addition for 2019 The Arena drift shows completed the festival feeling.

Importantly for the automotive brands in attendance, Goodwood's all-encompassing show puts potential car buyers in the right frame of mind to admire the latest road car products.