Every year, Goodwood Festival of Speed dedicates its entire show to car aficionados. And every year there is a manufacturer who takes center stage, celebrating its existence or a popular model. This year, Goodwood Festival of Speed is dedicated to one of the gratest German manufcturers in the world: BMW.
In its centenary year BMW Group will celebrate its illustrious sporting past, alongside the stylish cars and bikes of its current range.
This year’s Festival of Speed theme, ”Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power” will be joined by a sculpture, as in every year. The Central Feature will celebrate BMW’s myriad motorsport successes. Taking a starring role on the sculpture created by Gerry Judah will be the legendary BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52, and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR.
Visitors will be able to see and hear many products from BMW’s past. Cars steering their way up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile course include a 1957 BMW 507, the Mille Miglia-winning BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1940, and a 1965 BMW 1800 TiSA. Meanwhile, motorbike enthusiasts will be treated to an array of classic and modern bikes including a 1966 BMW R50 S Kaczor, a 1976 BMW R90 S 76 and legendary WR 750 Kompressor from 1929.
Along these classics, the BMW M4 GTS will be seen for the first time at Goodwood – both up the hill and on display – powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine that develops 500bhp with the help of a new water injection system.
A unique ‘M Avenue’ will celebrate iconic BMW M cars from the last 40 years alongside the hottest new M products, including the new BMW M2. Visitors will be enticed to the BMW Pavilion to see the Bavarian manufacturer’s newest models, including the special edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from 23-26 June 2016.