The Porsche 911 turns 50 in 2013, and the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed will factor heavily into the iconic sports car’s birthday celebration. All seven generations of Porsche 911 will be shown, alongside milestone 911 racers from Porsche’s lengthy motorsports history.
The 1984 Paris-Dakar-winning Porsche 911 will be on display, as will the 1998 Le Mans-winning Porsche 911 GT1 (which, we suppose, is loosely based on the 911). Also on exhibit at Goodwood will be the “Project 50” historic racer, put together by Porsche Cars Great Britain.
The Project 50 racer is a 1965 “short wheelbase” 911, in right-hand drive, that will be refreshed by Porsche Classics before being campaigned by the Porsche Cars GB Motorsport team. To honor five decades of the 911, celebrity drivers (like 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood) will run the car at select events throughout Europe in 2013.
Porsche will have more on display than just 911s at this year’s Festival of Speed, too. Plans call for various 356, 908, 917 and 962 models to participate in this year’s festivities, which are expected to draw in some 185,000 motorsport and automobile fans from around the world.
The 'Project 50' Porsche 911
Porsche will release more details about its Goodwood Festival of Speed plans as the event draws near. If you want information on ticketing, or on the full calendar of scheduled 20th anniversary Goodwood events, head on over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed website.