For 30 years, Goodwood’s Festival of Speed has ignited the passion of motor enthusiasts, and this year was no exception. A special delight was in store as Porsche marked its 75th anniversary alongside the festival, making it a truly memorable event. As the honored marque, Porsche took center stage, offering a breathtaking showcase of the brand’s evolution from its earliest model, the 1948 356 No 1, to the newly announced 718 Spyder RS. Porsche Cars Great Britain’s CEO, Krishan Bodhani, conveyed their excitement about sharing their journey with Porsche fans and owners alike.
Among the attractions were the thrilling 1.16-mile hillclimb, a challenge conquered by several Porsche models, including the formidable 718 Spyder RS and the pioneering 356 No 1. As attendees watched these magnificent machines master the famous Goodwood hillclimb, they witnessed a physical testament to the brand’s longstanding dedication to power and performance. Porsche fans also got a taste of future designs with the Mission X concept and the global debut of the Vision 357 Speedster. These models, embracing high-performance, efficient electric powertrains, offer a glimpse into the future of Porsche, reimagining sports car design while paying homage to their roots.
The festival was not only about dynamic shows of power but also allowed attendees to appreciate static exhibits, such as the bespoke sculpture outside Goodwood House. Designed by Gerry Judah, the 50-tonne steel artwork encapsulated Porsche’s 75-year history with six representative models. Children and adults alike reveled in the vibrant Porsche 75 Years logo labyrinth, while the Porsche Club GB members enjoyed exclusive parking privileges. Other highlights included Porsche Classic exhibits, the Porsche shop, and various interactive displays.
The event culminated in a celebratory parade around the central sculpture. With the 356 No 1 leading the pack, the parade featured some of Porsche’s most iconic models, including the experimental 928 ‘Trigema’ racing version from 1983 and the millionth 911 produced. Unfortunately, high winds led to the cancellation of Saturday’s events. But quick thinking from the Porsche team led to a day filled with exciting activities at the nearby West Dean College. This impromptu festival included driving experiences, expert interviews, and even barista classes, ensuring a memorable day for guests.