In honour of the 70th anniversary of Aston Martin’s first race at Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the 60th anniversary of the brand winning the World Sportscar Championship, the Central Feature of 2019’s Festival of Speed will be a monument dedicated to the luxury British manufacturer.
It marks the anniversary of the 1949 event, which saw driver WG Bingley – behind the wheel of a DBR1 – secure a tenth-place finish for Aston Martin. This was followed in 1959 by their success in winning the World Sportscar Championship at Goodwood.
The central feature takes the form of a large sculpture, located prominently on the lawn outside Goodwood House. Each year it highlights a different idea or identity, and usually features real cars. The actual design of this year’s sculpture has yet to be revealed; traditionally, it is kept as a secret until the days before the Festival.
Designer Gerry Judah is known for his outlandish sculptural feats, which he’s been commissioned for since 1997 and which are known to impress, including the memorable circular masterpiece of the 2017 festival.
The hill at this year’s FoS will be graced by a troop of Aston Martin’s most iconic racing cars, while the Supercar Run will feature several of the brand’s current range of road cars. One of the classes to feature in the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ display will be the incomparably stylish Aston Martin V8, which made its debut 50 years ago.