Porsche celebrate 50 years at the 2013 Festival of Speed
Goodwood is honouring the world’s popular sports car the Porsche 911 with the main central feature at the 2013 Festival of Speed this coming July. A bespoke 911 inspired sculpture will be displayed prominently outside Goodwood House. A variety of anniversary events have been planned this year to celebrate fifty years of the iconic Porsche 911. It first debuted in September 1963 and is the world’s most successful sports car with over eight hundred and twenty thousand being built. The first event planned will be from the 7th to 11th March at the automobile show in Stuttgart. The Porsche Museum will have four special exhibits on display from an early-model 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 road-going ‘street’ version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7.
For five decades, the Porsche 911 has been at the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other cars in the world can look back on such a long tradition and continuity as the Porsche 911. Today it is considered by its many devoted fans as the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. Every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.
Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. With support from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, private collectors and enthusiasts, a number of significant editions of the 911 are set to be in action at the Festival. Other Porsche competition cars including the 356, 908, 917 and 962 are also planned to be shown.
Porsche is also sending a 1967 model 911 to Goodwood as part of a world tour. Over the course of the year, this classic car will travel to five continents. In addition to the UK, it will visit Pebble Beach, California, China, France, and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will attend many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and enthusiasts can keep up to date with the car’s progress at porsche.com/follow-911. Furthermore, during the summer the Porsche Museum will be marking ‘50 years of the Porsche 911’ with a special exhibition from 4 June to 29 September.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 4S models in coupe and cabriolet bodystyles went on sale in December last year priced from £77,924. These new models have a high level of performance but despite this the new 911 Carrera 4 models also offer up to 16% lower fuel consumption.