2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard to celebrate ‘The Innovators - Masterminds of Motorsport’

Festival of Speed | Press Article 17/04/24

  • The theme for the 2022 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard will be ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport.’
  • Celebrating landmark innovations from past, present and future, the theme highlights the event’s increasing focus on technology.
  • The Festival of Speed will take place 23-26 June 2022. 
  • Tickets are selling fast as customers take advantage of current VAT savings.

Goodwood is pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard will be ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’, celebrating the technical landmarks that have seen the racing automobile develop from crude behemoth to space-age projectile. It will focus on the human stories of engineering ingenuity that have been ever-present throughout the sport’s history, and shine a light on the future, as motorsport’s visionaries play an essential role in pioneering new technologies that will impact the next generation of motion and mobility.

The theme will be reflected throughout the event, from the cars and drivers taking on the iconic Goodwood Hill, to special guests and interactive displays on the ground, including stories from the Festival’s partners and immersive exhibitions such as Future Lab and Electric Avenue. 

Long established as the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, the Festival of Speed is increasingly geared towards the future - providing a glimpse at the technology of tomorrow, set against the context of history. We are at a pivotal moment in the evolution of mobility, with electrification, autonomy, personal flight and many other developments set to have a profound impact on the way we lead our lives.

Established in 2017, Future Lab is a showcase for these technologies, along with many others, presenting them in an accessible, interactive way. Returning for its fifth year, Future Lab will once more present ‘Technology for a better world’, featuring breathtaking exhibitors from mobility, robotics, aviation, healthcare and more.

Continuing the forward-looking theme, last year saw the launch of ‘Electric Avenue - The Road to 2030’, the new home for electric mobility at the iconic automotive event. The innovation behind EV development will be showcased again this year as the destination for customers to ask questions of the experts, inspect the latest EVs, and learn about the benefits associated with switching to electric.

New for 2022, will be a special experience for event-goers to get behind the wheel of a variety of exciting EV manufacturers - more details of which will be released in the coming weeks. 

The Duke of Richmond said: “This year’s Festival theme – ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’ – allows us to celebrate some of the greatest achievements in history, while also highlighting the event’s evolving focus on future technology. Just as race-inspired innovations such as four-valve engines, monocoque chassis and turbocharging have shaped the past and present of the cars we drive in the real world, so electrification, autonomy and other new technologies – the development of which is accelerated by the white heat of competition – will have a profound effect on the future of personal mobility. The Festival of Speed is the only place in the world to bring all these stories together in one place, celebrating the past, present and future in a uniquely immersive, dynamic way.”

Savings to be made on tickets bought before 1 April 2022
Those planning to attend the Festival of Speed this summer have the opportunity to save on tickets when purchasing before 31 March 2022. The 2022 Festival of Speed qualifies for the UK Government’s ‘creative industry tax relief’, with a reduced VAT rate of 12.5% until 31 March 2022. We are pleased to be able to pass this saving on to our customers, which will apply to a number of entry products. Ticket prices will remain at the reduced VAT rate until the end of March, when it will return to the full rate of 20% from 1 April 2022.

Image credits: 1. Mission H24 by Drew Gibson | 2. Electric Avenue by Mike Caldwell | 3. Future Lab by Toby Adamson | 4. Spectators by Stephanie O'Callaghan


Notes to Editors:

Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 June 2022.

Tickets can be purchased via or by calling the Ticket Office on 01243 755055.

For an extra special day out, hospitality is also available across the event and can be organised by emailing or calling 01243 755054.

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Goodwood’s number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved, whether working behind-the-scenes, at the wheel, or attending the spectacle. Goodwood continues to work closely with Public Health England and UK Government advisory groups and all events will be run strictly in accordance with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.


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About the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard
First staged in 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motorsport take part along with legendary figures from the automotive world. Highlights include Future Lab, Electric Avenue, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock, Drivers’ Club, GAS Arena, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.

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