A record number of Martini Racing-branded cars will be featured at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for 11-14 July at the famed 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb in West Sussex, England. The epic gathering of racing cars adorned with the timeless red and blue striped livery of Martini Racing will help mark two significant anniversaries: the 20th Festival of Speed, as well as celebrated Italian drinks brand’s 150-year heritage.
In its first 20 years, the Festival of Speed has seen numerous Martini Racing-liveried racing cars and ex-works drivers compete on the hill climb at Goodwood House. At least 14 legendary machines will represent 45 years of Martini Racing history at the Festival of Speed – ten of which will be grouped together in their own paddock area – the Martini Terazza – located near the popular Formula 1 paddocks. On display within the Martini Paddock include the Lancia LC1; Lancia LC2; Lancia Delta Integrale; Lancia Delta S4; Porsche 917K; Jaguar XJ220; Ford Focus WRC; Lotus 80; Brabham BT45 and Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Bringing a touch of playful living ‘Italian style’, the Martini Terraza will be serving the world-famous liquid which gave its name to the racing team, flanked by mouth-watering liveried Porsches and Lancias.
Additional Martini-liveried competition cars expected at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed display include the Porsche 911 SC Safari; Lancia 037; Porsche 936; Porsche 911 RSR and Porsche 935 ‘Moby Dick’.
During the 1970s to 1990s Martini Racing supported several of motorsport’s greatest heroes, including Jacky Ickx, Colin McRae, Michael Schumacher, Filipe Massa and many more. The tri-colour motor sport outfit won multiple titles throughout the years, including three Le Mans 24 Hours victories and multiple Grand Prix race wins. The outfit was best known though for its long and successful involvement in the World Rally Championship (WRC) competition, winning seven world titles – six consecutively from 1987 to 1992 – a record which remains an unbroken in the 40 year history of the WRC.
Arnaud Meysselle, Senior Global Category Director, Martini, said, “Lord March and his team have created something very special in Goodwood Festival of Speed. This incredible line-up of MARTINI® Racing cars is set to be a huge attraction. It wasn’t just the cars and famous drivers that made MARTINI® Racing great. It was the courageous attitude of the teams, along with the belief and dedication of the fans that kept us winning. We’re looking forward to seeing this exquisite catalogue of MARTINI® cars back in the unique paddock once again.”
[Source: Goodwood; Martini]