Given that the UK government’s daily press conference hinted today that the restrictions on movement will continue until June, it’s no surpise that the annual Goodwood Festival of Speedis postponed. The organisers are hoping that it can be re-scheduled for late summer, but an August date would probably see a low attendance as many people will simply book a much needed holiday that month. Septmber could be a better bet, before the weather goes the bagwash in October.
Here’s the press statement from Goodwood; Following the developments in the past week regarding coronavirus and the advice received from the UK Government and the Public Health England, Goodwood has taken the decision to postpone the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, until later this year.
Scheduled to take place on July 9-12th, Goodwood is currently exploring potential alternative dates for late summer or early autumn. Tickets already purchased for this year’s event will remain valid for the new date.
Goodwood has always prided itself on delivering the most incredible motorsport experiences and in order to do that customers, drivers, team members, volunteers and staff must be kept safe.
The Duke of Richmond, owner of the Goodwood Estate, said: “Over the last few weeks, we have been working together with everyone involved to understand the viability of the Festival of Speed going ahead in July. Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus threat and not knowing whether the situation will have significantly improved by then, we sadly need to postpone the Festival of Speed in July.
“These are dramatic and unbelievable times but they will pass and we are already trying to think about just how exciting it’s going to be to welcome you all back to Goodwood for what perhaps might be the ‘Greatest Event Ever”.
New dates for the Festival of Speed will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Plans for the Goodwood Revival will continue to be reviewed, in the hope that the event will be able to go ahead as planned on September 11-13th