Speed Week kicked off in Goodwood today, a sort of forced replacement for the traditional Speed Festival, which had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
The Duke of Richmond, organizer of the Goodwood race event, believes that a virtual “Speed Week”, which viewers follow online, may well become a common form of such events in the future.
At least in 2020, the new format helped to overcome the serious difficulties faced by the organizers of the traditional festival, when, due to a difficult epidemiological situation, it had to be abandoned. And this led to colossal financial losses, because the money had already been spent on preparation, and the Duke of Richmon even had to seek help from people who support his endeavors.
But four months later, the “Week of Speed” began in Goodwood – a kind of alternative to the usual racing holiday, which takes place without an audience, but in online broadcast mode.
“You should definitely watch the most interactive, most adrenaline-filled and impressive show we have ever put on,” the Duke of Richmond told UK Motorsport Magazine. – We started organizing it, considering it something that could be carried out in a crisis situation, but I hope in the end something positive came out. It’s all live, so let’s see what happens together.
For example, we can send 30 Formula 1 cars with cameras to the track at once – as a result, everyone sees a cool picture on the screen. We can arrange on the track what we usually fail to do. It’s a holistic show and everything is built around it.
I hope this will give us an opportunity to feel the future … “
On Saturday, Speed Week will feature two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who will once again sit behind the wheel of his historic Lotus 72, and tomorrow will end with a special program dedicated to the memory of Stirling Moss, the legendary British driver who died in April at the age of 90 years old.