Despite I’d definitely heard of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, I hadn’t really appreciated the sheer size and scope of the Festival until visiting it with the fake Montblanc earlier this month. The latter has partnered with the Festival of Speed for the first time this year and in addition to contributing replica watches to award to winning owners and drivers, was also a timing partner for the event. During the afternoon on Sunday, July 2nd, in a moment of quiet between deafening passes of cars passing within a few feet of the viewing stands, I said to Montblanc’s CEO, Nicolas Baretzki (who replaced Jérôme Lambert as Montblanc’s CEO last year) “I had no idea how big this event was.”
He laughed and he said “Neither did I.”
The Festival is a four-day motorsports event, the centerpiece of which is the timed Hillclimb race which takes place on the grounds of Goodwood House, located south and west of London in West Sussex. Goodwood is the hereditary seat of the Dukes of Richmond who have used it as a residence since the first Duke of Richmond acquired it in 1697 (the house was completed around 1600).
The Festival of Speed is the brainchild of the heir apparent to the title, Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March; Lord March is the son of the present Duke of Richmond, Charles Gordon-Lennox. He may also be the only English peer to appear in a video game; you get an invite to the Festival of Speed from Lord March at one point, in 2013’s Gran Tourismo 6.
The sheer size and complexity of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is impressive; its location, plus the fact that it’s an annual standalone event rather than something on any particular race calendar, probably have a lot to with the fact that it’s maybe a little underreported but if you’re a car nut and can get over to the UK in the first week in July (and yes, you can get back in time for the Fourth) I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The Special Replica Montblanc Rally Timer
There’s a sampling of the cars that was present in the gallery down below but it’s only a fraction of what was there; we saw all the things from Stirling Moss cruising along in a 300SL, to a Ford Funny Car on the course. F1 is a feeding frenzy of fake watch brands and for good reason but for something (very) different from the drop-dead atmosphere of Pebble Beach or the millisecond high tech world of F1, the Goodwood Festival of Speed seems a great choice for Montblanc replica.