First look at the
striking centre piece 'sculpture' display on the rolling
lawn in front of Goodwood House which at this year's
Festival of Speed will be centered on Alfa Romeo on the
occasion of its centenary. The sculpture has been
designed in the shape of Alfa Romeo's historic 'lucky'
racing logo, the 'Quadrifoglio', and is painted in the
brand's traditional colour, red.
Each year the organisers
of the Festival of
Speed choose a marque to be represented in a dramatic
display on the circular lawn outside the famous house; in recent years Audi (2009),
Land Rover (2008) and Toyota (2007) have been featured.
The Goodwood Festival of
Speed, which kicks off this coming Friday, will be one
of the high points of Alfa Romeo’s global centenary
celebrations, coming just days after the Italian marque
celebrated its official 100th birthday which was clocked
up last Thursday, June 24. There were several days of
festivities over last weekend in its birth city, Milan,
although they were disrupted by protestors and suffered
from poor organisation.
In addition to the
main central installation outside Goodwood House, a
display of significant cars will be on show at the
Festival, that represent Alfa Romeo’s first 100
years. Included among these will be many cars never
before seen in the UK, direct from the marque’s
extensive Milan-based Museo Storico collection.
More than fifty
important Alfa Romeos will attend the 2010 edition of
the Festival of Speed this coming weekend, ranging from
immaculate examples of the pre-War P3, Monza, 12C-37 and
2900 B Le Mans, through to the 159 ‘Alfetta’, GTAm, Tipo
33, 185T, 164 Pro Car, and the unique V10-powered SE
048SP Group C prototype. On the tranquil lawns
of the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance,
there will be a class of Alfa Romeo’s definitive pre-war
flagship, the 8C, including a beautiful 8C 2300 Zagato
Spider and 2900A Touring Spider, plus some stunning
concepts based on the race-derived Tipo 33.
The new Alfa Romeo
Giulietta, which goes on sale in the UK this summer,
will make its UK public debut at the Goodwood event too,
forming a key part of the Alfa Romeo ‘showroom’ display
in the Festival exhibition area this weekend. The stand,
whilst showcasing the brand’s illustrious history, will
feature this new model, plus a selection of the current
Alfa Romeo product range. The new Giulietta will also be
displayed as part of the Goodwood ‘Moving Motor Show’ on
Thursday 1 July, giving British motorists their very
first opportunity to see the car and drive it up the
famous Goodwood Hill.