Martini Racing Celebrating 45 Years at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
In 2013, Martini Racing celebrates 45 years in motor racing and they’ve chosen the Goodwood Festival of Speed to mark the occasion in the UK. A selection of some of the most famous Martini liveried cars will be shown at the festival, some as static displays whilst others go up the famous hill climb course.
Martini entered motor racing in 1968 at a minor race at Hockenheim. A year later they raced two Porsche 907s in sports car racing to back up the factory team. None of the very early cars will make it to Goodwood, but there are plans for ten Martini coloured cars to feature at this year’s event including legendary sports cars like the Porsche 917K and the Porsche 935 ‘Moby Dick’ that raced in Martini colours at Le Mans. The WRC winning Lancia Delta Integrale and the Ford Focus WRC represent the team’s efforts in world rallying, and two Formula Onecars, a Lotus 80 and a Brabham BT45, will showcase Martini’s efforts at the top level of world motor racing.
Aside from Martini Racing’s celebration, Porsche will also be using the festival to mark an anniversary as 50 years of the Porsche 911 will be the event’s overall theme. This will be marked with a large gathering of special 911s, and a Gerry Judah designed monument outside Goodwood House has been commissioned to represent the German sports car. McLaren will also make the festival an occasion to remember as they’re celebrating their half-century at the festival. They’re bringing several examples of the McLaren F1 and promise to take the new hybrid powered McLaren P1 up the course.
Unfortunately, other famous Martini cars like the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI from DTM and the 1973 Targa Floria winning 911 haven’t been confirmed but there’s still time for other Martini cars to make it to this year’s event as the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed begins 12th July.