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.
This year's GFOS takes place from 26th-29th June 2014, and Peugeot will once again put together a spectacular line-up, including our latest production models, another thrill ride, our latest stunning concept cars, and - perhaps most exciting of all - the 208 T16 Pikes Peak car will be driven by Sébastien Loeb, in a quest to beat another hillclimb record.
Details of the specific Peugeot line-up and displays will be confirmed in due course, but what is in prospect is every bit as exciting as it was last year, representing the great involvement of product development with the expertise of Peugeot Sport in road and racing products.
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 the theme 'Addicted to Winning', and a cavalcade of superstars from motor sport’s past and present will wow a capacity crowd.
The four-day event runs from 26th to 29th July this year, and starts with the Moving Motor Show – kicking off with the famous hillclimb.
Formula 1 world champions Emerson Fittipaldi and John Surtees, and Sebastien Loeb – the Frenchman the most successful driver in the history of FIA World Championship motor sport – will head an all-star line-up at Goodwood this year.
Where is Goodwood?
The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from 26th - 29th June at Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX.
Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 – Celebrating Goodwood's 20th Anniversary
Peugeot showcased a host of world-firsts at the GFOS 2013. 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 was available free for visitors and was designed to underpin the dynamism, fun and excitement of driving Peugeot’s 208 GTi.
Festival visitors also 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, and in another world first, the RCZ R was on show at Goodwood – six months before it went into production in the UK.
Peugeot also hosted its own virtual motorshow on its stand. Before the event, Peugeot fans were able to use a special Facebook app and upload images of their prized Peugeot in the Peugeot Pride competition. 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.
Peugeot’s Nurburgring race team were also at Goodwood, fresh from the gruelling 24-hour race in May 2013. 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 2013. Visitors were able to learn more about how Loeb broke the record at Pikes Peak.
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.