70 years of Porsche sports cars marked by 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed partnership

The launch of the Porsche 356 to be marked at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018; passenger rides in all-new Cayenne also offered

Porsche Goodwood festival of speed 2018

Porsche is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its first ever production car, the 356, by partnering up with the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The 2018 Festival of Speed runs from 12 to 15 July. 

The tie up will see Porsche feature on the Festival of Speed’s iconic central sculpture for a third time, while a dedicated segment will be given over to the marque on Goodwood’s hillclimb, and a selection of Porsches will be dotted around the festival grounds.

The German sports car manufacturer’s models first featured on the Festival of Speed’s central display in 1998 when it celebrated its 50th anniversary. Then, in 2013, the half-centenary of the 911 was marked with the same honour. The festival’s 2018 display, while yet to be revealed, is likely to pay homage to the 356.

As a two-door, rear-engined exclusive sports car offered either as a coupe or convertible, the 356 of 1948 arguably set the company’s direction for several decades to come, and remained in production in various guises for almost 20 years.

In addition to the central display, the 2018 Festival of Speed will see members of the public offered passenger rides in the new Porsche Cayenne SUV, while race car simulators, a “never- before-seen parade” of Porsches, and “models that provide a glimpse into the future” are also promised.

Announcing the 2018 partnership, Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Duke of Richmond, the Earl of March, owner of Goodwood House and founder of the Festival of Speed, said: “This year Porsche will become the first manufacturer to create the central display at the Festival for the third time, underlining the huge contribution from this iconic manufacturer of world-beating racing cars and road cars."

Alexander Pollich, MD of Porsche Great Britain echoed those remarks: “We thought long and hard about how best to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our sports car and how we could share this with enthusiasts, Porsche fans and owners here in the UK. The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the perfect setting”.

Find out more about the Goodwood Festival of Speed here...

Recommended

New 2022 Porsche 911 Sport Classic revealed with £210k price tag
Porsche 911 Sport Classic - front action
Porsche 911

New 2022 Porsche 911 Sport Classic revealed with £210k price tag

Porsche pays homage to the 911 with a new Sport Classic packing the Turbo engine and a manual gearbox
27 Apr 2022
Used Porsche 911 (991, 2011-2019) review
Used Porsche 911 - front
Porsche 911

Used Porsche 911 (991, 2011-2019) review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Porsche 911 covering the 991 model that was on sale between 2011 and 2019
27 Apr 2022
New 2023 Porsche 911 spotted with minimal camouflage
2023 Porsche 911 spyshot 1
Porsche 911

New 2023 Porsche 911 spotted with minimal camouflage

Latest generation of Porsche’s legendary 911 sports car will receive a facelift next year
25 Mar 2022
New Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe one-off revealed
Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe - 1
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 Classic Club Coupe one-off revealed

Restomodding comes to the the 996-generation Porsche 911
21 Mar 2022

Most Popular

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”
Opinion - electric car prices
Opinion

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”

Mike Rutherford thinks the industry needs to face the fact that a lot of people can’t afford a brand new factory-fresh car
16 May 2022
Best electric cars to buy 2022
Best electric cars
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2022

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
28 Apr 2022
Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger
Shell charger
News

Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger

New Shell and ABB-developed Terra 360 EV charger can add 62 miles of range in less than three minutes
16 May 2022