Porsche 911 To Be Celebrated At 2013 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
GOODWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM – Marc 21, 2013: Goodwood is honouring one of the world’s most versatile and popular sports cars – the Porsche 911 – with the main Central Feature at the 2013 Festival of Speed from 11-14 July. The bespoke 911-inspired sculpture promises to be a highly distinctive ‘art installation’ and will be displayed, as has become the tradition, prominently outside Goodwood House.
For five decades, the 911 has been at the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other cars in the world can look back on such a long tradition and continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts around the world since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show, Frankfurt, in September 1963. Today it is considered by its many devoted fans as the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. Every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.
Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. From the very beginning the car has been at home on race circuits and rally stages all over the world, earning a reputation as a quick and dependable winner. In fact, two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date have been recorded by the 911.
With support from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, private collectors and enthusiasts, a number of significant editions of the 911 are set to be in action at the Festival. Further examples of significant Porsche competition cars including the 356, 908, 917 and 962 are also anticipated.
At the Goodwood Press Day, the Porsche Museum will be showcasing opposite extremes from the 911 lineage. The four-wheel drive 911 that won the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally will be demonstrated on the famous Hillclimb course, and on display will be arguably the ultimate incarnation of the 911, the GT1 ’98, which clinched a record-breaking 16th overall Le Mans victory for Porsche in 1998.
Porsche Cars GB has also gathered together a stunning line-up of seven generations of the 911, which clearly shows the evolution of the iconic sports coupe over the past five decades. Furthermore, in an exciting initiative to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 911, Porsche Cars GB will be racing a classic example of the iconic sports coupe in Historic motor sport this year. The 1965 ‘short wheelbase’ 911 will be racing under the ‘Project 50’ team banner in selected 'Masters Series' events alongside appearances at larger festivals such as the Nürburgring OldTimer and Silverstone Classic.
The Porsche Museum will also send a 1967 model 911 to the Festival of Speed in July as part of a world tour. Over the course of the year, this classic car will travel to five continents. Already it has visited France, and will also visit Pebble Beach, California; China; and Australia in addition to the UK. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will attend many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and enthusiasts can keep up to date with the car’s progress at porsche.com/follow-911.
During the summer, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will be marking ‘50 years of the Porsche 911’ with a special exhibition running from 4 June to 29 September.
20 years of the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Marking the first half-century of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood is hugely appropriate in the 20th anniversary year of the Festival of Speed. To date, the legendary sports coupe has featured at every single Goodwood Festival, from the first event in 1993 – when an unexpectedly high 27,500 enthusiasts turned-up– to the 185,000+ visitors that attended the world’s greatest celebration of car culture last year.
Whether in action in road and race form on the testing 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, sliding sideways around the gravel Forest Rally Stage, sitting serenely on the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours lawn, or as part of the regular Porsche displays, the 911 has played a key role in helping put the Festival of Speed on the map over the last two decades.
Further details regarding the involvement of Porsche in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and more information about the wider event itself, will be confirmed during the build-up.