Since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has brought together the greatest of motor racing for an extravagant three-day long event. Fortunate to attend for a second time, Keith Maher of VR Motion Corp takes us through his experience at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Goodwood Education Trust
To kick off the weekend, the Goodwood Education Trust held an educational seminar focused on inspiring the next generation of engineers and designers to pursue a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). A fantastic lineup of keynote speakers shared how they became interested in design and engineering at a young age. Most impressive was the depth of experience in the panel members: car designers for manufacturers; motorsport designers that competed in land speed records at Bonneville; a material engineer who talked about the components in a race car; and even a member of the team responsible for the Mars Rover Spacecraft and Lander.
Virtual Reality Demonstrations
During Thursday’s educational event, we had the opportunity to showcase some of our virtual reality (VR) activities and give demos. Situated near the Red Bull setup, some folks stopped by asking what all the “VR” fuss was about, so we let them try it out for themselves. We had a lot of fun giving demonstrations of our Virtual Showroom while educating those present on the advantages of virtual reality in motorsport.
Cars and Drivers
The impressive driver list and significant cars, all in the same place for the same weekend, was overwhelming. Honestly, there is no way to see everything at Goodwood. The fact that you could walk through the paddock and bump into a current Formula 1 driver as well as Sir Stirling Moss feels surreal. It was very interested to see the Formula 1 cars up close and relive their history. The development and improvement of these machines over the years, especially in safety, is astonishing.