Curtains raised to reveal spectacular Goodwood Festival of Speed

| 11 Jul 2013

An imposing centrepiece that pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s 911 today (11 July) dominates the beginning of what promises to be another fabulous Festival of Speed.

The work of Gerry Judah features an original 1963 911, a Carrera RS 2.7 from ’73 and the latest Carrera 4, while also highlighting the 20,000 race victories the model has amassed during a half century of competition.

Officially today is the Moving Motor Show and the Festival kicks off tomorrow, but there’s already much to see with plenty of cars on display in the paddock – famous Stuttgart racers being among the highlights.

They include two 917Ks from 1970, the famous 1978 935/78 'Moby Dick', a 1983 Group C 956, a 962C from 1987 plus a host of other machines right through to the latest racers.

Another high point is Martini's offering covering sports-racers, rally and Le Mans machines.

McLaren has also brought cars from its star-studded history including the ex-Ayrton Senna MP4/4, Emerson Fittipaldi’s M23 and an M8F Can-Am raced by Denny Hulme, while Classic Team Lotus is still unloading its numerous gems with a Lotus-Climax 25 the first on show.

No doubt trying to steal some of its German rival's thunder is Maserati, marking the 50th anniversary of its sports saloon, the Quattroporte, with a line-up comprising every generation.

Stay tuned to C& for more news from Goodwood as the action gets under way.