more took pride of place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
this weekend, its exclusive nature emphasised by its
now-traditional location in the majestic Stable Courtyard.
Ferrari GB has been present at the Festival of Speed for
several years now in the historic cobbled stables, a perfect
symmetry with the 'Prancing Horse' brand being emphasised by
In fact Ferrari
stamps its exclusive nature right across the Festival of
Speed, which has in recent years has grown to become one of
the most important dates on the global automotive calendar.
While the other prestige car makers have their display
stands clustered together of the other side of the 'Hill'
track which divides the rolling grounds, Ferrari's offering
is situated on the side which features all the car paddocks,
and adjoins Earl March's spectacular country mansion.
not only this but whilst all the supercars, including such
luminaries as the Bugatti Veyron, sit in undistinguished
rows in the 'Supercar Paddock' Ferrari's representatives at
the Festival (this year a 599 GTB Fiorano and 612
Scaglietti) join the supercar batch, imperiously appearing
through the Courtyard's tall Ferrari-emblazoned arched
gateway and then roll down a wide pathway to enter the track
access road via their own dedicated gateway.
Ferrari is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and this
weekend has seen the culmination of the Ferrari 60 Relay,
a global journey involving over than 10,000 owners and their
cars which started in Abu Dhabi in January and has just
culminated in Maranello with several thousand cars
converging on the home of the marque on Saturday. At the
same time as a cast including Michael Schumacher, Felipe
Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were wrapping proceedings up at
Fiorano, Ferrari GB were flying the 60th anniversary flag at
Goodwood with six significant models from the six decades
that the car maker has been building ground-breaking cars.
"We've got a car
from every decade and we're really reinforcing the message
that we've got 60 years of history here," a Ferrari
spokesman tells Italiaspeed at Goodwood, "so we've
got the 250 Testa Rossa from the 50s, the 250 GTO from the
60s, 365/4 GTB Daytona from the 70s, the F40 from the 80s,
the F50 from the 90s, and from the 2000s the Enzo; so its
really the development of the Ferrari over the 60 years of
the company, and that's reinforced by the images you can see
here, one from each year since 1947 with significant events,
significant race victories and significant people. We've
also got the 60 Relay baton here, the symbol that went
around the world on the Ferrari 60 Relay." The sixty
symbols, which stretch the full length of the display,
perfectly illustrate Ferrari's 60 year history and allow
visitors to gain a snapshot of the company's development.
The Relay 'baton', encrusted along its flanks with each of
the 60 symbols is impressive in the flesh and caps the
for us to be here in Goodwood with the international
importance and significance of this event," says the Ferrari
spokesman, "a lot of good customers and prospective
customers are here, along with the fans, lots of interesting
people." And Ferrari's display is busy, right from the
moment the gates opened at first light on Friday, and with
around 150,000 visitors expected over the three days there
was never going to be a quiet moment in the Courtyard.