The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb Shootout is a must see

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is among the most prestigious events in all of motorsports, and the Hillclimb Shootout is the most incredible attraction.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is at the very top of my bucket list. Every year, over 100,000 people make their way to the Goodwood Estate to see the most legendary vehicles from the past, present, and even the future.

While there are hundreds of legendary cars on display, there are less than 50 that partake in the timed shootout. The diverse collection of participants ranges from prototype race cars to DTM cars to pre-war racers.

Seeing these priceless cars being properly hooned, well, it’s just right. This is what each of these cars was truly meant to do. To me, this is the true essence of motorsport.

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There is something truly wonderful about seeing a Civic Type-R being measured up against a 1934 Alfa Romeo P3 (Tipo B), and a Jaguar Mk1, and so many cars from various times throughout history.

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It’s always surprising to see how cars from across several generations stack up against one another, especially considering they were never meant to compete in the first place.

Seriously, though, where else can you see a Ford RS200 Evo face off against a NASCAR Toyota Tundra? Outside of a video game, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the only place you’ll see action like this.

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It’s no surprise the overall winner of the night was the Volkswagen I.D. R. Fresh off its Pike’s Peak record-setting run, the I.D. R absolutely smashed the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb EV record by 3.5 seconds.

I definitely recommend taking some time out of your day to watch this. It’s some much needed respite for any gearhead! Even if you can only listen to the Goodwood Shootout, it will definitely be a highlight of you day.