Last month car enthusiasts from all over the world converged on Sussex for the 20th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.. Whether you're 'into' cars or not it's a magnificent sight and events that attract a knowledgeable crowd as well as casual visitors always generate a brilliant atmosphere. There's something incredibly evocative about cars with real racing pedigree and designed for beauty and speed and always ahead of the game. For the cognoscenti it's akin to watching a line-up of your favourite Hollywood stars from the past century, or a parade of fashion through the ages, and for others there is simply a fascination in how machines have travelled from early models to today's supercars.
Goodwood is a stunning setting - they don't call the race meetings 'Glorious Goodwood' for nothing - up on the South Downs within a sniff of the sea. It used to host international dressage as well, and with a warm-up arena in front of the great house that really was a spectacle. One of the highlights of the Festival of Speed is the 1.16 mile hill climb, using a challenging estate road that goes past the house. To put it in context, remember that many of the classic racing cars lack mod-cons in terms of control - yet this year's best speed was about 45 seconds, that's right on the limit!. I do hope those of you who were staying in our stunning holiday properties around Chichester managed to see some of the action - and if not, I recommend booking your Sussex holiday for next year. The date hasn't been fixed yet but you shouldn't have to wait long for that. You'll see fabulous vehicles from across the world and from all sectors of motorsport, from Formula One to World Rally cars and drivers to match. We can offer you everything from a cosy cottage by the sea to a luxury holiday let on the Downs, and all within easy reach of Goodwood and its beautiful surroundings. Unbeatable, I reckon.