Goodwood Festival of Speed DAY 1 - Thursday

The world famous Festival of Speed has returned once again and so has all the noise and excitement of watching some of the world's most incredible machinery on the planet.

Let's have a quick look through what we managed to see and hear today during the first day.

As always, Goodwood has a central theme around each year's festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the M Sport category of BMW; their high performance range which includes the M3 and M5 beasts. To kick off the celebrations, two BMW M4 GTRs in a lovely Red Bull themed livery blasted their way up the hill, of course stopping off for some burnouts and doughnuts so the crowds could hear the raspy Twin Turbo V6 pop and bang. This combined with an incredible drone display featuring images such as the Nurburgring, the M Sport logo and more.

On top of these features the iconic Goodwood monument. This year holding 5 recognisable BMW M cars, including the world famous BMW V12 LMR which raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999.

Earlier today we got to see the brand new BMW M3 Grand Touring unveiled for the first time to the public. So you're never too far from a world exclusive.

Walking around the paddock of Goodwood you can really feel the history of motorsport around you. One minute you can walk past Aryton Senna's McLaren MP4/5B then straight into Colin McRae's 1997 Subaru Impreza. Not only can you get up close and personal with these motorsport icons but you can see them in action. Hearing them howl up the famous Goodwood Hillclimb, it really is an experience like none other.

Alas, we would have to wait another day before seeing Formula 1 cars in action, much to the dismay of myself. But we have all weekend.

After looking at the track for a few hours, we get to look to the sky for a short time; as we see the RAF Red Arrows perform one of their world famous displays. Something that will always bring out the inner child in anyone.

Even more you say? Well, don't worry as the weekend only builds up from here. As more and more displays get their chance to belt it up the hill and as the list gets longer, the crowds get bigger. We were unfortunate to get a little rain shower this morning but that did not dampen anyone's spirits. So here's hoping it will be dry in the next few days!

We will be here until late on Sunday, trading with our friends at Gyeon so if you're down at the festival come and pay us a visit; we would love to meet some of you!

We shall be back tomorrow with a day 2 update, until then follow the event on our socials!


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