The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed will honor the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 with the distinctive art sculpture that will be displayed prominently outside Goodwood House when the famed event returns 11-14 July.
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.
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 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Further examples of significant Porsche competition cars including the 356, 908, 917 and 962 are also anticipated.
Porsche is also sending a 1967 model 911 to Goodwood as part of a world tour. Over the course of the year, this classic car will travel to five continents. In addition to the UK, it will visit Pebble Beach, California, China, France, and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will attend many international fairs, historical rallies and motorsport events.
Marking the first half-century of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood is appropriate in the 20th anniversary year of the Festival of Speed. To date, the legendary 911 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 event last year.
Whether in action in road and race form on the challenging 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, sliding sideways around the gravel Forest Rally Stage, parked 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.
[Source: Porsche AG]