SKODA is marking the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed with its biggest presence ever. The annual event, dubbed the world’s biggest motoring garden party, will stage the global reveal of the all-new Octavia vRS, along with a spectacular interactive pavilion display and a redesigned ŠKODA-sponsored Forest Rally Stage. For the third year running, SKODA is an official partner of the Festival of Speed.
SKODA will start its Goodwood activities on Thursday 11 July with the global unveiling of the fastest production Octavia ever built – the all-new vRS. The reveal will take place at the SKODA Pavilion, situated just metres away from the world-famous Festival of Speed hillclimb course.
The Moving Motor Show will, once again, offer drivers the chance to test cars on roads around Goodwood Estate. For 2013, a small number of lucky drivers will be the first in the world to try the new Octavia vRS on a route that includes the famous Goodwood hillclimb course.
Another major attraction for motorsport fans attending the festival will be the Forest Rally Stage presented by ŠKODA. With a redesigned course, improved viewing areas and a new layout, Goodwood’s famous loose-surface stage will echo to the sounds of some of the world’s most exotic rally cars. ŠKODA Motorsport will be at the heart of the action with a pair of title-winning Fabia S2000s driven by rallying legend Freddy Loix and rising star Sepp Wiegand.
Goodwood’s famous 1.16 mile hillclimb course will also feature a collection of fascinating ŠKODAs past and present. While the new Octavia vRS and Fabia S2000 rally car will represent the modern era, a 130RS that won the European Touring Car Championship in 1981 and a 1101 Sport that entered the 1950 Le Mans 24hr race are two of the rarest ŠKODAs ever to sprint up the Goodwood hill.