Porsche at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
LONDON - July 2, 2009:
With an unbeaten record of 16 victories in the Le
Mans 24 Hours race, the reputation of Porsche has been founded on success
in the high speed, high pressure motor sport environment. This year marks
the 40th anniversary of the Porsche 917, the first Porsche to win Le Mans
outright, and it is therefore appropriate that the theme of the 2009
Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 3-5) is ‘True Grit – Epic
Feats of Endurance’.
To commemorate this birthday occasion in style, a stunning selection of
examples of the 917 – many on loan from the new Porsche Museum in
Stuttgart, Germany - will be present at Goodwood, including the 1970 Le
Mans winner and the distinctively-liveried 917/20 ‘Pink
A novel feature of the Festival of Speed is that it seeks to reunite
famous race drivers with cars of the type they raced in period. Porsche
enthusiasts visiting Goodwood will be able to see Richard Attwood, former
F1 driver and 1970 Le Mans winner for Porsche, driving a 917; sports car
racing legend Brian Redman will be behind the wheel of the 917/30 CanAm
racer; David Piper, who bought a 917 new from the factory in 1969, will be
driving his own car; and Jackie Oliver, who won Le Mans in 1969, will be
reunited with an evocative Gulf-liveried 917.
Naturally, there will be many other examples of the Porsche marque in
action at Goodwood, and there are in fact two exclusive UK debuts in the
Sunday Times Supercar Run, a renowned showcase of the fastest and most
exclusive road-going sports cars. The latest Porsche 911 GT3 – ten
years since the now-legendary GT3 series began – will be making its
first UK appearance, and also guaranteed to draw attention will be the
first public unveiling of the new Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo.
Visitors to the Festival of Speed will also be able to experience
Porsche power personally courtesy of driving consultants from the Porsche
Experience Centre at Silverstone, who will be demonstrating the performance
and handling of the Porsche Cayenne on a specially designed dynamics course
at the Porsche Driving Experience area.
For visitors wishing to refuel themselves, the Porsche Café Le Mans will
be once more situated on the outside of the track near the footbridge,
offering meals and refreshments.
The Porsche Café Le Mans will also host the UK debut of a remarkable
1/6th scale model of the Porsche 917. Produced by Dynamic Concept of Paris,
this model offers such outstanding levels of detail that it would not look
out of place alongside the legendary 917 examples in the paddock.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed will this year provide the backdrop to a
remarkable demonstration of grit and determination when Porsche aims to
break a Guinness World Record for the longest distance covered in 48 hours
by a team of 12 runners using treadmills.
Organised by the sports scientists from the Porsche Human Performance
Centre at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone, this gruelling
athletic exercise - supported by Technogym and Adidas - will take place
live at the Porsche exhibition area over the Festival weekend. Starting at
12 noon on Friday July 3, the runners are seeking to break the former
distance record of 495.76 miles set in April 2008 – which means
maintaining an average speed of over 10mph!