Business Leader recently spoke to the General Manager of Goodwood Motor Circuit, Sam Medcraft, to discuss its storied history and the corporate days they offer to businesses and the public.
Can you give us an overview of Goodwood Motor Circuit?
Nestled at the foot of the Sussex Downs, Goodwood Motor Circuit is the only classic circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form, after being lovingly restored. Home of the world-famous Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting, Goodwood Motor Circuit combines all the nostalgia of the golden era of motorsport with the modern technology of today.
The historic two-and-a-half-mile circuit provides a real challenge and joy for any driver who loves the feeling of high speed. Goodwood’s passion for driving and wealth of motorsport knowledge has created extraordinary driving experiences. Here you have the chance to drive an impressive fleet of BMW M Performance models, classic saloons, GTs, and iconic Land Rovers.
Can you tell me about your coprorate days and M&E venues?
Offering four very distinctive trackside venues, the Motor Circuit accommodates a range of business needs. From a 1960’s themed Jackie Stewart Pavilion to our iconic Race Control Building, both are the perfect venue for conferences, exhibitions or board meetings. As well as offering excellent meeting space, we offer a variety of driving experiences both on and off-track to impress your clients and guests alike.
Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush from driving the fast and challenging circuit, the fun of speeding in a Rage Buggy across a dirt track, the nostalgia of stepping back in time with the Revival Racing experience, or the feeling of freedom from touring the South Downs in a classic Land Rover, our team will make your day truly memorable.
The circuit is also available for a wide range of events including automotive events, large and small, film and TV shoots, and other sporting events. Our diverse client base also welcomes fashion, music and lifestyle brands and events.
What separates a Goodwood corporate day from other companies?
The Goodwood Estate offers a whole host of activities, which makes it unlike any other Estate or venue in the UK, perhaps the world. From a competitive day of golf on The ‘Top 100’ Downs Course, a driving experience at Goodwood Motor Circuit to clay shooting in a bowl-like arena, the Goodwood Estate has something for every taste. Bespoke packages are available with the option of adding different sporting activities to your day for a truly memorable Goodwood experience.
In terms of our corporate driving experiences, this historic race track has hosted some of the most inspiring names in motor racing history – from Sir Stirling Moss and Bruce McLaren to Sir Jackie Stewart and Juan Fangio. The circuit is an exceptional venue for a multitude of events with first-class facilities. Whether you are organising a track day, a business meeting or a new product launch, our welcoming team provide excellent attention to detail, as well as everything you need for the ultimate corporate experience.
You also offer driving experiences for the general public, can you tell me more about them?
Goodwood offers a range of unforgettable experiences that will give you the wow factor from start to finish. The Performance Track experience gives the driver over 50 miles of driving in a selection of the latest BMW M models, the Spin & Slide experience offers the chance to master power slides, handbrake turns and J-Turns on the low-grip area, while for something away from the track there is the Goodwood Off-Road experience in our fleet of classic Land Rovers from the 1960s.
We also offer the chance for customers to drive their own cars in our popular Goodwood Track Days. With gift vouchers available for all experiences, they make the perfect gift this Christmas.