This weekend Alfa Romeo is celebrating its centenary in style at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The annual motor racing extravaganza has changed over the years from a historic cars meet to an event that car makers use to showcase their present and future cars, and Alfa are there in force with a collection of past, present and future cars for the road and the race track.
The Alfa 4C is the marque’s main focus at Goodwood. The 240bhp sports car has already been taken up the 1.2 mile course, which Alfa officials called “so technical and difficult that it provides a tough test for the concentration and reactions of the best drivers in the world.” The lightweight rear wheel drive two-seater is the ideal car for the tight twists and turns of the course and there should be plenty of power from the all-aluminium 1.7 litre 4-cylinder turbo engine.
When it’s not on the track, the Alfa Romeo 4C can be found at the Alfa Pavilion alongside other current models like the Alfa MiTo TwinAir Sportiva and the Alfa Giulietta MultiAir Sportiva. Classics on hand at the Alfa Pavilion include the 33 Stradale prototipo from 1967, but visitors will have to walk to the Cathedral Paddock for other historic and sporting Alfas. Iconic cars like the 8C 2900B Speciale tipo “Le Mans” (1938), Gran Premio Tipo 159 “Alfetta” (1951), 1750 GT Am (1970), 33 TT 12 (1975), can be seen and photographed at the Cathedral Paddock located near Crossroads Corner. As with the other paddocks at Goodwood access is free.
Formula One always plays its part at the Festival of Speed and this year Alfa Romeo are represented by a 1950 and 1951 Driver's Championship winning Alfa Romeo 159 as well as a car from the turbo-era of the F1 World Championship.