Dates for the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed have oficially been announced, marking the 31st year of the UK's most popular motoring event.
Goodwood 2024 will take place from Thursday 11-Sunday 14 July, with tickets due to go on sale on Monday 6 November. Keen punters can also get early access to tickets by joining the Goodwood Road Racing Club Fellowship, which allows them to purchase theirs from Monday 30 October.
Saturday spaces for the 2024 edition are said to be "already limited", as customers roll their tickets over from the 2023's Saturday show, which was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Despite the weather, however, the 30th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed was memorable for its ever-eclectic mix of road and competition cars, and a host of big new reveals.
Read on for our full show report, and a full round-up of all the new machines that were on display.
Goodwood Festival of Speed show report
There is no such thing as a boring car anymore.
Every new car – no matter how mundane, outlandish, challengingly styled, expensive, raucous, heavy or unconventional – is of great interest to someone. Of course, some are of great interest to more than others, but if the weather-affected 30th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed showed nothing else, it is that all cars merit celebration - or, at the very least, conversation.
When the shiny new 'First Glance' batch took to the hill for the first time – a festival highlight every year, and the Autocar team's busiest hour of the week – the sense of variety and intrigue was palpable, and there was not a single car that didn't invite intrigue and discussion.
Crowds were obviously captivated by McLaren's screaming, V10-engined Solus track car, which would top a diverse collection of road and race cars in Sunday's Timed Shootout to claim bragging rights.
It was also impossible to ignore the cartoonish Bugatti Bolide as its thumping W16 propelled it noisily and blisteringly quickly up the climb. But you could see those same spectators peering curiously and admiringly at Kia's new seven-seat EV9 SUV, the Ineos Grenadier fuel cell prototype, Ford Explorer crossover and MG 4 XPower hatchback - each a far less overtly exotic proposition, and each whose run was accompanied by no more than the screech of tyres and a faint whine from an electric motor or two.
This was not the year 'electric vehicles stormed Goodwood' for the first time - EVs have been well-represented here for years now, and though the hillclimb was perhaps a quieter affair this year as combustion-engined entrants were matched in number and profile by their noiseless counterparts, it was plain to see that any resentment at their presence has become vanishingly rare.