Goodwood Festival of Speed will be honouring fifty years of the Porsche 911 at this year’s event by making it the central feature of the festival.
A sculpture inspired by the 911, specially created for the event, will be displayed outside Goodwood house, as has become the tradition. It has been described as a ‘highly distinctive’ art installation.
The 911 first debuted at the IAA International Automotive Show in Frankfurt in 1963 and has grown into what many today consider the ‘quintessential sports car’. Since then over 820,000 911s have been produced in seven different models, and examples of all of these models will be on display at Goodwood.
As well as the installation and display, several significant editions of the famous car will be in action on the hill.
To mark the anniversary Porsche Cars GB will also be racing a classic example of the 911 in selected Masters Series events this year, alongside appearances at festivals such as Nürburgring OldTimer and Silverstone Classic.
As well as this, the PorscheMuseum in Stuttgart will send a 1967 vintage 911 to Goodwood as part of a world tour. This car has already visited France and over the course of the rest of the year will take in five continents as an ambassador for the brand.
Goodwood itself will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, and organisers hope to beat last year’s record 185,000 visitors that attended the festival. This year it will be held on the weekend of 11-14 July.