Rolls-Royce Celebrates 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed
The Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) is an infamous annual hill climb event featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England in late June or early July; the event is scheduled to avoid clashing with the Formula One season, enabling fans to see F1 machines as well as cars and motorbikes from motor racing history climb the hill. The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 by Lord March in order to bring motor racing back to the Goodwood estate. FOS now attracts crowds of over 100,000 over a weekend with a capped attendance of 150,000.
One of the other most popular attractions is the Supercar Run for road-going supercars, which has been running since 2000. It is now common for speciality car manufacturers to show off their latest sports model, including newly released mass-produced sports models and working concept models. Style et Luxe, an auto show which takes place close to the track, similar to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Off course attendance is usually by invitation, and this provides some leeway as to which type of vehicle can enter, usually resulting in a more varied event than usual Concours d’Elegance. Unlike most concours shows, the Style et Luxe is judged by a panel of selected judges consisting of celebrities from all around the world to car designers.
Rolls-Royce will celebrate the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a significant presence on the famous Hill climb, including examples of all three current models in the company’s stable. Phantom, Ghost and Wraith will be on familiar turf, with Goodwood House within sight of the Home of Rolls-Royce.
Course Car. The Course Director’s car this year will be a Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Coupé, resplendent with race lights and Goodwood decals. The car is finished in Diamond Black, with the interior in Black and contrasting Mandarin leather and Piano Black veneer. The art deco-style mounts for the roof-mounted race lights were handcrafted in aluminium at the manufacturing plant. The car will be seen driving the course between each Hill climb Run throughout the weekend. The Phantom Series II family was launched in 2012, thoughtfully updating the original with contemporary yet timeless design enhancements that frame the introduction of cutting-edge technologies and significantly improve the car’s drive-train, ease-of-use and connectivity. As a consequence of these changes, Phantom reconfirmed Rolls-Royce’s position at the very pinnacle of the super-luxury goods marketplace.