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