Goodwood Festival of Speed’s GAS Arena action sport heroes battled the elements and each other to unleash a four-day frenzy of world class extreme sports upon a record total audience of 185,000 visitors.
After last year’s successful debut, GAS – that’s Goodwood Action Sports – went even bigger for 2012 with five huge freestyle ramps, a reworked trials course, two super-technical BMX dirt jump runs, a raised BMX flatland platform and the pedal-powered might of the Animal Bike Tour team.
And the GAS athletes – hand-picked from the ranks of the biggest action sports stars on the planet – responded to their all-new beefed-up playground by putting on a series of shows that left festival visitors open-mouthed at their sublime skills, commitment, courage and cojones as sporadic strong winds and at times heavy rain combined to push them to the limit.
Each day saw two hour-long performances that showcased the separate sports before the athletes came together for a free-for-all jam session with a FMX best trick jump-off closing the show in the evening. And for the first time GAS featured a serious competitive element as guest riders joined the show star names with MTB trials, motorcycle trials, BMX and FMX all taking their turn under the spotlight.
There was even an unofficial world record set in the BMX high jump competition where two-time dirt jumping world champ and GAS Ambassador Kye Forte and Oxford’s Lima Eltham both cleared the bar at a staggering 5.85m.