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    Going to my first ever Festival of Speed on Sunday and I was wondering if any of you learned gents could tell me if I need to be there at the crack of dawn to avoid the traffic queues.

    Car parks open at 7am but I wasn’t planing to leave Lewes until then which would get me there about 8ish (with a bit of queuing).

    Or should I plan to be there for 7?

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      You'll be queuing to get out at the end*, so just get used to a day of queuing! Just take a flask, sandwiches and some good music or audiobook!


      *Unless things have changed significantly since I last went.
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      Going to my first ever Festival of Speed on Sunday and I was wondering if any of you learned gents could tell me if I need to be there at the crack of dawn to avoid the traffic queues.

      Car parks open at 7am but I wasn’t planing to leave Lewes until then which would get me there about 8ish (with a bit of queuing).

      Or should I plan to be there for 7?
      Goodwood can be a logistical nightmare, so I would give yourself ample time.
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      I've been a few times and never got stuck in REALLY bad queues. It's a bit of a lottery, but it's almost better to leave a bit later to miss the rush with all the keeno fans who want to be before it all kicks off. There is so much to see during the day, that even if you miss the first bit, you'll still get more than your fill of motors going up the hill for the duration...

      Have a good one!
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      I went today, but left Crawley at just after 6am and was in the car park at just after 7, so no queueing issues that early. I’m not sure what it was like later on though. We also left at just before 5pm, again to avoid the queues, but we’d seen everything we wanted to by then.
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      £6 for a bacon roll, a pint is £8.

      I loves the queues for FoS, it is rather fun overtaking millions of ££££'s of car porn on my push bike!!
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      Can't speak for your,presumably, A27 journey but I'm in Godalming and it's about 25 miles from me and I would approach via Petworth. It can be horrific and has ,in the past, taken an hour and a half if I leave my place at 8 O'clock. It's worse at weekends, it's also on thursday and friday this week, and Sunday is usually the worst. As others have said, embrace the queues, take a cool box, have a great time. Getting out is usually worse. Beware Sussex Police speed traps in sleepy villages, they'll be out to spoil your day.
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      £6 for a bacon roll, a pint is £8.

      I loves the queues for FoS, it is rather fun overtaking millions of ££££'s of car porn on my push bike!!
      If lord March can get away with those prices is it any wonder he does the Revival weekend as well to cash in . I bet the old prices for a pint and a butty aren't "Revived " ?
      I had run 17 miles from Grayshades before the school leopard caught me.....

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      If lord March can get away with those prices is it any wonder he does the Revival weekend as well to cash in . I bet the old prices for a pint and a butty aren't "Revived " ?
      As Lord March does get away with them, it is a wonder as to why the road from the race track to the horse racing is comfortably the worst quality road in West Sussex.

      You'd think he could 'help out' or 'help out' a decision maker.
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      £6 for a bacon roll, a pint is £8.

      I loves the queues for FoS, it is rather fun overtaking millions of ££££'s of car porn on my push bike!!
      Was riding around the back roads of Chichester this morning, that 'car porn' appeared to being driven by ***** intent on shaving my elbow with their wing mirrors and 'hilariously' revving their engines to scare me...

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