Today, July 12th, the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed has opened its doors, as usual, to the Moving Motor Show.
Visitors have the opportunity to drive and test thousands of brand new vehicles on the 1.16-mile hillclimb. Many vehicles will make their on top of the hill, but the real track action will start tomorrow. Today, the focus of the Festival of Speed will be on the Moving Motor Show. Most of the attention is centered on the British automakers, such as Caterham and Lotus, but as expected it is the all-new Mercedes S-class which pulls in the crowds.
This year’s Moving Motor Show hosts more than 20 UK or world debuts, including the Skoda Octavia VRS, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Mercedes CLA, Lexus IS, Ford Fiesta ST and Audi RS6. Most of the exhibitors also fitted their stands with an interactive element to keep visitors busy while they wait for their chance to drive a car.
The Festival of Speed will last the entire weekend and other attractions included are the F1 and motorcycle paddock, the concours d’elegance, the Goodwood aviation exhibition and the FoS-Tech zone that showcases the latest technology. Some of the worldwide debuts at this event include the Vuhl 05, Range Rover Sport, Toyota GT86 Open concept, Alfa Romeo 4C, Vencer Sarthe and the Mclaren P1.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates each year a single brand through a large and ornate “Central Feature” sculpture. In 2009 it was Audi, in 2010 Alfa Romeo, in 2011 Jaguar, in 2012 Lotus and this year is Porsche, which also celebrates 50 years of the 911 model. The sculpture features three generation of the famous 911, towering the Goodwood House.