Goodwood Festival of Speed 1- 3 July 2011
27th June 11
The Festival of Speed is a unique summer weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’. Goodwood will be pulling out all the stops to further enhance its reputation as the world’s greatest celebration of motor racing history and culture. Tackling the famous 1.16 mile Goodwood hillclimb will be everything from current Formula 1 racers and 200mph supercars to steam-powered carriages of the 19th Century, and from 3000bhp top fuel dragsters to classic rally cars.
The theme for the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed is ‘Racing Revolutions – Quantum leaps that shaped motor sport’, celebrating the ceaseless quest for increased power; greater efficiency; more speed. From motor racing’s pioneering early days, engineering ingenuity has been the irresistible force behind the sport’s inexorable rise, with designers constantly pushing technical boundaries in search of ‘the unfair advantage’.
Stunning air displays are as much a part of Goodwood’s annual motor sport events as attracting the very best drivers in action in the World’s finest and most exciting racing cars and motorcycles. The Red Arrows are scheduled to display for three days (Thursday at 13:00, Friday at 13:00, and Saturday at 11:30); the Festival being only UK event to attract The Red Arrows for three consecutive days this summer. On Festival Sunday (3 July), the phenomenal Vulcan bomber will be displaying at 13:00, which is a sight not to be missed!
This weekend we also celebrate the Royal Norfolk’s first birthday under the ownership of the Leisureplex Hotel Group. Less than half an hour away from the Goodwood grounds the Grade II listed Royal Norfolk has been sensitively extended on several occasions and boasts an imposing façade and extensive gardens. The building has a distinguished history with many royal and imperial visitors having stayed here including the Emperor Napoleon III of France and the Empress Maud of Russia.. The Royal Coat of Arms which adorns the façade appears to have been originally added without royal consent, although it has been officially permitted since 1917.
Since the purchase we have been working hard to bring the hotel up to the well-known Leisureplex standard; this includes replacing the hot water system to ensure a plentiful supply of hot water on demand and increasing the number of bedrooms from 43 to 61. The exterior of the hotel has now also been redecorated giving the building a fresh look and feel.