The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s largest motoring events – combining the best of automotive design past and present, from supercars to steam engines.
Taking place from 11th-13th July, Peugeot put together a spectacular line-up for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, including on-stand surfing, dynamic car displays featuring the Onyx concept car, and a virtual motorshow where one lucky fan showed off their prized Peugeot to Goodwood’s 150,000 visitors.
The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the 20th anniversary of the event, and Peugeot, which sponsors the festival, showcased a host of world-firsts to celebrate.
For the first time ever, visitors to Goodwood were able to don a wetsuit and experience the thrills and spills of surfing, exclusively on the Peugeot stand. This lifelike surf experience included a wet suit and real water, and was available free for visitors to the Peugeot stand.
This surfing experience was designed to underpin the dynamism, fun and excitement of driving Peugeot’s new 208 GTi. You can check out our image gallery from the stand, to see how our visitors got on with our fun surfing challenge.
Alongside the surf experience, festival visitors got a world exclusive chance to see the incredible Peugeot Onyx Concept Car up close and in action – as it completed the famous Goodwood Hill Climb six times over the course of the weekend.
In another world first, the RCZ R was on show at Goodwood – a year before it goes into production in the UK. The RCZ R has been exhibited at motorshows in the past – but only as a concept. Peugeot has now announced the car will be produced for sale in the UK from 2014. Goodwood visitors got the first glimpse of this extraordinary sports model during the weekend.
In contrast to the petrol fumes, screeching brakes and roaring engines reverberating around the festival, Peugeot also hosted its own virtual motorshow on its stand.
For the past few weeks, Peugeot fans have been able to use a special Facebook app and upload images of their prized Peugeot. The Peugeot Pride competition closed at the beginning of July and the overall winner was Graham Sturrock, who had his winning car - a Peugeot 309 GTi rally car (once raced by Colin McRae) exhibited on Peugeot’s stand at Goodwood. To see the winning car and all the other entries into The Peugeot Pride, visit the Peugeot UK Facebook page.
Peugeot’s Nurburgring race team were also at Goodwood, fresh from the gruelling 24-hour race in May. The team, featuring eight drivers from across Europe, helped guide Peugeot to first, second and third place in its class, thanks to exceptional handling of the 208 GTi. The UK’s Bradley Philpot was also amongst the drivers visiting Peugeot’s stand.
There was also a chance to see the 208 T16 Pike Peak car. Top driver Sébastien Loeb jumped ship to Peugeot exclusively for the Pike Peak race, which took place on 30th June. Loeb has already branded the specially-built 208 “a rocket”. Visitors were able to learn more about how Loeb broke the record at Pikes Peak at the Peugeot stand at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This annual festival brings together the very best in automotive design and technology – parading hi-tech Formula One cars alongside vintage vehicles, state of the art supercars alongside steam-powered engines.
The festival’s roots stretch all the way back to 1936, when the then Earl of March invited the Lancia Car Club to attempt a hillclimb challenge in the grounds of Goodwood House.
That event inspired the Earl’s grandson – the present Earl of March – to hold an annual celebration. And so it was in 1993, the first Goodwood Festival of Speed took place.
That year, 25,000 visitors, mainly from the UK, turned up at Goodwood House to enjoy a relatively modest inaugural festival.
Since then, the event has grown massively: combining thousands of cars and motorcycle displays, the idiosyncratic hillclimb challenge, World Rally Championship races, competitions, live music and even air displays from the Red Arrows.
Entry is now capped at 150,000, and all tickets must be bought in advance.
This year’s event will celebrate 20 years of the Goodwood festival, as well as several other important anniversaries from the world of motorsport – including 90 years of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, the anniversary of the European Touring Car Championship, and the 40th birthday of World Rally Championship.
The four-day event runs from 11th to 14th July this year, and starts with the Moving Motor Show – kicking off with the famous hillclimb.
Seven current Formula One teams are confirmed to be attending the 2013 festival, including Ferrari, Red Bull, Caterham and Marussia, with drivers including Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Former greats from the world of motor-racing, such as Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell, are also expected to attend.
Where is Goodwood?
The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from 11th - 14th July at Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX.
Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 – Let Your Body Drive
The 2012 festival saw Peugeot unveil the brand new 208 GTi Concept – a modern take on the iconic Peugeot 205 GTi. The car was launched to the bodypopping dance moves of Internet sensation Nonstop (Marquese Scott), and Peugeot’s stand at Goodwood 2012 featured performances from the Let Your Body Drive dancers. Alongside the 208, Peugeot introduced its exciting HX1 Concept Car, and entered the Pikes Peak Peugeot 405 T16 in the traditional Goodwood Hill Climb event.
There are videos from GFOS 2012 on the Peugeot UK YouTube channel. You can get an on-car ride as the RCZ Racing model takes on the Goodwood course, or hear from Team Peugeot RCZ Nokia about their battle in the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race. You can also enjoy a passenger view of the Goodwood Hill Climb in a Peugeot 208.
Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 – Motion & Emotion and the EX1
Peugeot unveiled a number of new vehicles during the 2011 event, including the RCZ Asphalt limited edition, 508 Saloon, 508 SW, and the HR1 concept car. The incredible EX1 concept car – an electric vehicle capable of competing in the famous hillclimb challenge – stole the headlines. Our Flickr stream has lots of photos from GFOS 2011. You can also experience the unbelievable acceleration of the EX1 on the Peugeot UK YouTube channel, or take a ride with Peugeot UK rally driver Guy Wilks, putting the 207 S2000 through its paces on Goodwood’s Forest Rally Stage.
Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 – Celebrating Peugeot’s 200th Anniversary
Peugeot marked its 200th anniversary in style at GFOS 2010 – bringing Motion & Emotion to life with the stunning new RCZ Sports Coupé, complete with unique double-bubble roof. This event saw the UK debut of two concept cars, the SR1 sports roadster and the BB1, and we displayed the HYbrid3 Evolution (a three-wheeler scooter with hybrid power technology), as well as the RCZ HYbrid4 concept and our all-new, 100% electric car, the Peugeot iOn. You can view highlights of Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 on our YouTube channel, get a driver’s-eye view of the Peugeot RCZ at Goodwood or see GFOS photographs on the Peugeot UK Flickr stream.