2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed postponed to late summer

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Government advice on coronavirus precautions forces the postponement of 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is the latest event to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheduled July weekend is now planned to take place later this year.

In a statement, it was confirmed that the decision was made as a result of government advice and that the safety of potential fans, visitors, staff and drivers was of primary concern.

“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,” said The Duke of Richmond. “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,”

It was also confirmed that a new date for the annual Members’ Meeting was being discussed, following the postponement of the event from the weekend of 28-29 March.

New dates for both events are under review, with a late-summer to early-autumn slot the aim for the Festival of Speed.

The Goodwood Revival remains as scheduled from the 11th-13th September, though that date will continue to be monitored by organisers.

 

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“Goodwood has always prided itself on delivering the most incredible motorsport experiences around,” the statement said. “But in order to do that we must keep our fans, drivers, team members, volunteers and staff safe. As a result we have taken the sad decision to postpone the 2020 Festival of Speed. The safety and wellbeing of our customers remains our highest priority.

“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’.

“Goodwood is exploring alternative dates later in the year with all relevant parties. All tickets will remain valid for the new date when it is announced.

“A new date for the postponed 78th Members’ Meeting is also being reviewed.”

It was also announced that in place of the Members’ Meeting event, a live stream will be hosted by Goodwood Road & Racing of Members’ Meetings favourite moments.

The live stream will begin at 10am on Saturday, March 28 and run to 6pm GMT and continue on Sunday between the same time slot.