Martini is celebrating its 150th anniversary and as they’ve been a regular motorsport sponsor over the years what better way to celebrate than a gathering of some of its famous cars at the festival of speed.
They’ve managed to gather an amazing 14 racing machines from the world of Sportscars, F1 and rallying. Included amongst them are the famous Lancia group C cars of the 80’s. Colin Mcrae’s Ford Focus WRC car from the 90’s and various Porsches from over the years including the Porsche 911 GT3 cup car that’s brought the Martini name back to motorsport for the first time in five years. Ten of the cars form an impressive display as part of the F1 paddock with 4 other Martini liveried cars elsewhere on site, including a 911 rally car on the forest stage.
Porsche itself is celebrating its own anniversary as the 911 reaches its 50th birthday. Goodwood hosts possibly its largest ever gathering of 911 with many versions of the iconic car either competing or on display. You can’t fail to notice the three 911’s that form part of the central sculpture that towers over most of the site. There is also a large display in the F1 paddock, many of which are going up the hill, some at full speed others forming part of a parade. The Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ also hosts several 911’s as part of the concours competition, including the only 911 GT1 road car ever built.
There are further 911’s on the rally stage and on the Porsche stand.
Also fifty this year is famous F1 and sports car constructor Mclaren. They have many of their famous cars parading up the hill and they have a large display near the supercar paddock showing the history and famous drivers and cars of the marque. It’s a chance to see the companies’ new P1 model.
The WRC celebrates 40 years with many of its iconic cars performing in the forest rally stage. (More on that coming soon on GR)
Other anniversaries include Le Mans which is celebrating 90 years with many Le Mans cars on the hill, the Lotus Cortina and Mini cooper both turn 50 and although there is no special event both cars are represented here. By Marc Waller