For the first time in its 30-year history, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been cancelled citing severe weather warnings. The historic automobile event presents a platform for manufacturers and enthusiasts to showcase their favourite four-wheelers and two-wheelers on a global stage.

Be it the newest concept cars or an antiqued relic of motoring history, the Goodwood Festival of Speed can seem like a paradise for any petrolhead. The organisers of the event have asked ticket-holders to stay away from the festival site near Chichester in West Sussex amidst winds forecast to reach 55mph in exposed places.

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The Goodwood Festival organisers also stated the event will resume on Sunday for the remainder of the schedule. The ticket holders for Saturday's event will instead be contacted regarding refunds.

The statement said, “It is with deep regret that we have taken the decision that the Goodwood Festival of Speed will not go ahead tomorrow (Saturday 15 July 2023). After consulting meteorologists, health and safety experts and other key stakeholders, we have taken the decision to close the event site due to a severe wind warning in the Goodwood area.

“On-site safety is our highest priority and the forecasted high winds will pose a serious risk to various temporary structures across the site. We politely ask that you do not travel to Goodwood or attempt to access the site. 

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“This decision has not been made lightly and His Grace, The Duke of Richmond, along with the whole Festival of Speed team, are deeply saddened that we will not run the event on Saturday for the first time in its 30-year history. The event will resume as planned on Sunday.”