70 years of Porsches celebrated at huge West Sus­sex event

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Porsche was once again hon­oured with the Cen­tral Fea­ture sculp­ture at the 2018 in­stal­ment of the Goodwood Fes­ti­val of Speed. Pro­duced by Bri­tish artist and de­signer Gerry Ju­dah, the fea­ture stood taller than Nel­son's Col­umn and com­mem­o­rated some of the most im­por­tant Porsches ever made, in­clud­ing the 911, 959 Group B rally car, and the car that started it all – the orig­i­nal 356.

The sculp­ture was just one part of Porsche’s broader ac­tiv­i­ties at the Fes­ti­val, all of which added to Porsche’s 70-year cel­e­bra­tions and in­cluded a pro­ces­sion of Porsche rac­ing icons on the first day of the event. Goodwood 2018 saw a huge num­ber of Porsches both on dis­play and at­tack­ing the event’s fa­mous timed hill climb. Porsches old and new for both road and race made ap­pear­ances.

Newest of all was a cameo role by the hot new 911 Speed­ster Con­cept, ex­pected to go on sale in pro­duc­tion form next year. Porsche’s 700hp 911 GT2 RS was like­wise in at­ten­dance, as was the lat­est GT3 RS, which wowed the crowds with a burnout dis­play. The 919 Hy­brid Evo, hot off its record-break­ing hero­ics at Spa and the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife, was also at Goodwood. How­ever, Porsche and the 919 didn’t have a proper tilt at claim­ing over­all Goodwood hon­ours, pos­si­bly be­cause in­ter­nal ne­go­ti­a­tions at VW Group, which owns Porsche, meant VW'S in­cred­i­ble Pikes Peak-win­ning ID.R racer was al­lowed to take on and in­deed even­tu­ally win the race to com­plete the hill climb in the short­est pos­si­ble time.

As for the clas­sics, ul­tra rare ex­am­ples from Porsche’s back cat­a­logue, both road and race, were on show. High­lights in­cluded a 911 Car­rera RSR Turbo 2.1. This Mar­tini-liv­er­ied 911 com­peted in the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans as a pro­to­type and helped set the tem­plate for fu­ture 911 Turbo mod­els cour­tesy of forced in­duc­tion, wide arches and a gi­ant duck­tail wing. An­other ul­tra-rare racer at Goodwood was the Roth­mans Porsche 961. Based on the 959 sports car, the 961 was built for Group B rally. How­ever, the 961 was not long for this world. Just one ex­am­ple was built and three races run. Porsche’s plans to pro­duce a cus­tomer ver­sion were can­celled when the in­fa­mous and short lived Group B rally class as a whole was scrapped in 1986.

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