An outstanding list of historic Le Mans cars will mark Porsche’s arrival at this year’s Festival of Speed from 12-14 July.
Rarely seen in the UK are the 1978 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ and the 1998 911 GT1, which will be joined by FoS regulars such as a Rothmans 962 from 1987.
Former works drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood will be behind the wheel of the 917KH in which they won the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours.
But it’s the ex-Jacky Ickx 1977 936 Spyder that ranks as one of the firm’s most successful race cars; it took three victories at Le Mans, in ’76, ’77 and ’81.
Away from the endurance machines, the firm promises two examples of the rallying 911 – an SC Safari and Paris-Dakar Carrera 4x4 – a 964 from the Porsche Supercup Championship, plus the formidable, 1000bhp 917/30 Can-Am car.
The 1900 Lohner-Porsche Semper Vivus, which the Stuttgart company claims was ‘the world’s first full hybrid automobile’, will also be on hand as the firm launches its petrol/electric-powered 918.
Meanwhile, two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl will be putting seven generations of – yet to be confirmed – 911s through their paces up the hill as the model’s 50th-birthday celebrations get into full swing.
The 911 will also feature in Goodwood’s traditional Gerry Judah central display.