2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme announced!

Calling all lovers of the fastest, most incredible and most exciting machines in motorsport history – do we have a show coming for you at the 2019 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard!

If you're not at the Goodwood Estate between July 4th and 7th then prepare to be disappointed as you'll miss out on a celebration of the cars, bikes and other vehicles that pushed the boudaries, hit new heights and claimed the title of Record Breaker. Yes, we're pleased to announce the theme for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will be: "Speed Kings - Motorsport's Record Breakers".

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.

This year marks 20 years since Nick Heidfeld smashed the outright Goodwood Hillclimb record, covering the 1.16-mile course in just 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren MP4/13. In 2018, the electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak came close to taking the crown; 2019 could be the year we celebrate a new record holder.

Away from the Hill, there will be several changes made to the event this year, with the relocation of some attractions, and the introduction of new ones. These changes, and the Central Feature, will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

Words by Ben Miles.