Leg­endary Beemer to open Fes­ti­val of Speed

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GOOD­WOOD Fes­ti­val of Speed founder Lord March will open this year’s event by driv­ing up the hill­climb course formed by his drive­way in a beau­ti­ful 1957 BMW 507 sportscar.

Staged ev­ery sum­mer since 1993, the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed is the world’s largest au­to­mo­tive gar­den party; set against the spec­tac­u­lar back­drop of Good­wood House in West Sus­sex, UK.

Over 600 cars and mo­tor­cy­cles span­ning the phe­nom­e­nal his­tory of mo­tor­ing and mo­tor­sport take part with some of the most leg­endary fig­ures from the sport as well as in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties reg­u­larly at­tend­ing.

BMW is this year’s Hon­oured Mar­que and the cen­tral theme of the 2016 edi­tion of the Fes­ti­val of Speed will cel­e­brate the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer’s cen­te­nary.

Lord March will com­plete the very first run up the 1,16-mile (just shy of two kilo­me­tres) hill­climb at the start of the Mov­ing Mo­tor Show, part of the new Press & Pre­view day on Thurs­day, June 23.

The 3,2-litre, V8-en­gined BMW 507 was driven by Hol­ly­wood stars Frank Si­na­tra and Elvis Pres­ley in its hey­day but only 252 were ever built.

With a top speed of 122 miles per hour (196 km/h), the 507 was beau­ti­fully hand-built and, while it was priced £3 200 when it was first built in 1957, the rar­ity of the model now means that the ex­am­ple Lord March will drive up the hill is es­ti­mated to be worth around £2 mil­lion (R43 mil­lion).

Lord March said: “I will be hon­oured to drive one of the rarest, and most beau­ti­ful BMWs ever built to open what prom­ises to be a ter­rific show.”

The BMW 507 and Lord March will also race in the hill­climb track to open this year’s Fes­ti­val of Speed.

— News­press.

PHOTO: NEWS­PRESS

The 1957 BMW 507 will open this year’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed in the UK.

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