919 Tribute at Goodwood Festival of Speed
The world’s largest and most multifaceted festival of motorsport, founded by The Duke of Richmond in 1993, was held for the 25th time in 2018. Where better then, to continue the celebrations of 70 years of Porsche design, engineering and dedication to excellence? The Festival proved to be the perfect stage to delight the legions of fans in attendance – a chance to offer them motorsport history that they could really see and feel. And there was no question – in a cast of vehicles representing Porsche’s extraordinary legacy, the 919 Tribute simply had to appear. The holder of the unprecedented, and unchallenged Le Mans hattrick, three consecutive FIA WEC championships and drivers titles, the bearer of our future technologies – and quite simply, a motorsport legend.
What started in 1993 with around 27,500 car enthusiasts has developed over the last 25 years to become a real magnet for fans of motorsport, design and pure speed. The illustrious event now attracts around 200,000 enthusiasts every year to the tranquil location of Goodwood Estate, near Chichester - around 100 kilometres south-west of London.
Porsche was involved in Goodwood right from the start. As one of the world’s most significant sports car manufacturers, the brand has helped to define the spirit and character of the festival with its active involvement both on the notorious 1,867metre Goodwood Hill Climb and with static displays - from concept cars and world premieres, to the historic race car legends that have helped us write our success story.
Tradition carries with it obligation. Accordingly, in the year we celebrate our seventh decade, Porsche presented a particularly impressive line-up. As well as the Le Mans champion 919 Tribute, significant road and race cars from across the generations were in action – including the 356 “No. 1” Roadster from 1948. The cult collection direct from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart carried the excited crowd along with them on a fascinating journey through 70 years of sports car and motorsport history. Hillclimb displays of these world-famous cars really got the fans’ hearts racing, and the opportunity to see such a wealth of cars and their drivers up close was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The past will always be important to Porsche, but experience teaches us that looking forward is vital. Guests to the Porsche Experience Centre had the opportunity to experience every curve and facet of the Mission E concept up close, as well as explore the technology of the new Porsche Taycan through an Augmented Reality app.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has always been a place where the great and good have congregated, and this year was no different. Retired and active racing drivers, world champions, Le Mans winners and stars with a passion for automotive – they were all out in force to enjoy the unique festival atmosphere.
Unsurprisingly, Le Mans winner and WEC champion of 2016 Neel Jani drew a great deal of attention. Jani holds the honour of having beaten Lewis Hamilton’s course record at Spa-Francorchamps by 0.783 seconds driving the 919 Tribute and took great pleasure presenting the 919 Tribute to the delighted crowd at the Festival.