- From 26 to 29 June, the British county of West Sussex will host one of the most prestigious international motorsport events, which every year attracts over 150,000 people including fans, experts connoisseur, collectors and VIPs from the automotive world
- There will be eight Alfa Romeo cars present, both from the past and the contemporary production, to face the track of Goodwood Hillclimb
- Time to set off for the 4C supercar – the modern icon of the brand – and the brand-new high performance versions of Giulietta and MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde. Additionally, there are five precious historic cars belonging to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: Gran Premio Tipo B “P3” (1932), Gran Premio Tipo 159 “Alfetta” (1951), 750 Competizione (1955), Giulietta SZ “stub tail” (1960) and GTA 1300 Junior (1971)
- The British event is also an occasion to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Giulietta (1954-2014)
- The guest star behind the steering-wheel of the GTA 1300 Junior will be Toine Hezemans, called “The Flying Dutchman”, who was one of the winning drivers at the beginning of the 70s and among the best drivers ever to drive a “GTA 1300 Junior”
Alfa Romeo will attend the “Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014”, which will be held from 26 to 29 June in the British county of West Sussex, one of the most important international events dedicated to motorsport. Every year the Festival, with its uphill race, theme shows, vintage displays and exhibitions of historic and contemporary cars, attracts over 150,000 people including fans, collectors and experts from all over the world.
For the occasion, a great Alfa Romeo booth will be set up so that the public can get to know the new Alfa Romeo 4C, the new versions of Giulietta and MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, as well as five precious historic cars belonging to the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo , placed in the Cathedral Paddock: Gran Premio Tipo B “P3” (1932), Gran Premio Tipo 159 “Alfetta” (1951), 750 Competizione (1955), Giulietta SZ “truncated tail” (1960) and GTA 1300 Junior (1971).
All Alfa Romeo cars will have to face the main attraction of the Festival of Speed, the “mixed-fast” track of Goodwood Hillclimb. This course of almost 2 km opens with a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate, before turning sharply in front of Goodwood House. Thereafter the course climbs up a straight, narrow road enclosed between stone walls and dense woods towards the racecourse, which stands at the top of the majestic South Downs. The height difference between the beginning and end of the route is nearly 100 m and the route itself is so technical and difficult that it provides a tough test for the concentration and reactions of the best drivers in the world.
The British event is also the ideal occasion to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Giulietta (1954-2014), the ancestor – “Giulietta Sprint” – of an entire model series and also one of the most iconic products of the Alfa Romeo brand. It was in fact Giulietta that in the 50s realised the dream of motorists all over the world, since it made the desire of owning an Alfa Romeo more accessible for the first time.
Lastly, Toine Hezemans will be the guest star behind the steering-wheel of the GTA 1300 Junior; he is one of the most successful drivers who knew best how to interpret the “GTA” 1300 Junior on the track. Hezemans, who was nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman”, won the European Touring Car Championship in 1970 with the model 1750 GT Am, which derived from the American version of the Alfa Romeo coupé, and then he won again in 1971 with the 2000 GT Am. This champion is one of the approximately 90 drivers, some from the past, some still racing, who will be present at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 which has a particular slogan this year: “Addicted to winning”.