Check out Goodwood, Jony Ive’s favorite car festival

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The Goodwood Festival is a celebration of racing and hill climbs.
The Goodwood Festival is a celebration of racing and hill climbs.
Photo: Peter Leung/Twitter

The annual race car festival at Goodwood is underway this year, with 100,000 attendees all clamoring to see the hot rods and race cars speed their way to the top of the uphill course.

Avowed gear-head Jony Ive travels to the South of England each year to see the festtival; chances are he’s there now ogling the sweet lines of a fancy race car or taking in some ideas for the rumored Apple car.

Check out some of the cool rides from this year’s festival below.

Old school Ferrari at the Festival.
Old school Ferrari at the Festival.
Photo: Aston Leach

The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place this year from June 25 through June 28, and contains a ton of new and old racers duking it out on the track, the hill, and in the hearts of car aficionados everywhere, like the old-school Ferraris above and the brand new 800 horsepower Aston Martin below.

Founded in 1993 by Lord March, the Goodwood Festival offers chances to see everything up close – most of the action is only a hay bale away. Attendees can see the hill climb race itself, which generally takes place on a track with a 4.9 percent gradient, the soapbox challenge, a downhill race for gravity-powered cars, the forest rally, a multi-car run through the trees, and various other fun participatory events for audience members to steep themselves in car culture over the three day event.

There’s always a sculpture in place, like that fancy one in the image up top, which appeals to the young car fans in all of us.

Sir Ive at Goodwood 2010.
Sir Ive at Goodwood 2010.
Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

If you’re at the festival this year, be sure to keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the elusive Ive, who loves him some cars.