As a venue for the MX-5 Owners Club Spring Rally on Sunday April 29, the Goodwood Motor Circuit is just about perfect. Not only will we be able to marvel at filling one of the world’s most important motorsport venues with almost a thousand MX-5s, but its location on the edge of the South Downs National Park means that you are spoilt for exciting ways to get there, no matter which direction you’ll be coming from.
With the warmer weather well and truly on its way and our MX-5s begging for the first decent drive of the season, we thought we would take a look at some of the most exciting roads you can use to get to Goodwood.
From the North and West
The big question here is how far north you are coming from, and how much time you have. If you are coming from Scotland and have a few days up your sleeve, almost all of the best driving roads that this island has to offer are at your disposal. You could link in a sinuous route through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, and be the envy of everyone else when you arrive.
But let’s assume you don’t have that much time and use the motorway network to drop down to the west of London. From the A3, take the exit to Petersfield, and then turn left onto the B2070 toward Liphook. A few miles out of town, turn right onto the A272, and then approximately halfway to Rogate, turn right onto the B2141, which runs through both West and South Harting. This is a particularly enjoyable stretch of road and will take you through East Lavant and along the border of the motor circuit, delivering you neatly to the Spring Rally after an exciting little drive.
From the South, the East, and London
Coming from the South-East, most of your options will likely be a little less of a white-knuckle sprint, and a little more relaxed. You could choose to make the most of the white cliffs and enjoy some top down cruising along the coast with maybe a coffee stop or two. Or you could choose to head inland, where you could enter the South Downs from the East, stopping at Duncton Hill to admire the view.
If you are coming from London, we can certainly recommend a route that begins at Abinger Hammer, near the Surrey Hills. Take the B2126 to Forest Green, then the B2127 to Ewhurst. Head south on the B2128 through Rudgwick, then turn onto the A281 and follow it to Alford Crossways. Take the B2133 through Loxwood to Wisborough Green, then the A272 to Petworth.
From here, follow the excellent A285 through Duncton. A few miles after Upwaltham, turn right into Selhurstpark Road and follow it to the Goodwood Racecourse, dropping down to the Motor Circuit via Kennel Hill Road. This one is sure to be a lot of fun, especially if you can leave London nice and early before the traffic clogs the open roads.
Whatever route you take, the MX-5 Owners Club Spring Rally at Goodwood is sure to be one to remember.
Do you have any suggestions or secret driving roads in the South Downs that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!