Porsche 911 to be Honoured at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
In 2013 Porsche will celebrate 50 years of the 911, and in honour of the anniversary the Goodwood Festival of Speed will present the classic sports car in its ‘Central Feature’. The festival, which takes place between 11th and 14th July, has always featured the 911. Since the first event in 1993, Porsche’s enduring sports car has been taken up the famous 1.16 mile Goodwood Hillclimb, slid through the woods of the Forest Rally Stage, parked on the concours lawn and displayed in the German marque’s exhibition stand.
The most important display at this year’s festival will no doubt be the central monument outside Goodwood House. Over the years marques like Ferrari, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz have been the subject of the festival’s central display. Porsche were the subject in the festival’s second year, but this is the first year when one car has been celebrated rather than a marque. The theme of ‘Iconic 911’ will inspire the sculpture, which is being designed by British designer Gerry Judah. It promises to be one of the most distinctive installation display ever seen at the Festival of Speed.
Since 1963 over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built over five decades and seven generations. Examples of each evolution will be present at the festival. Other important Porsches that will be seen at the festival include the 356, 917 and 908.
The Goodwood Festival is an integral part of this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations that will also see examples of the 911 displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August and throughout the year at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. But nothing can compare with seeing some of the fastest and most historic Porsche 911s going up the hillclimb course at the Festival of Speed before being displayed within reach of thousands of adoring car enthusiasts.