THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE 2016 CARTIER ‘STYLE ET LUXE’
22nd June 2016
Ahead of the long-overdue sunshine, which is currently forecast to arrive in time for the Festival of Speed (FoS) starting tomorrow, the (rather damp) finishing touches are being put to this year’s sell-out event.
Away from the stimulating live action on the Goodwood hillclimb and Forest Rally Stage, one of the more serene areas of this week’s FoS will be the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe.’
Helping to create the relaxed and informal atmosphere on the Cartier Lawn will be seven classes of outstanding, beautiful and rarely seen cars. The cars in these carefully selected Cartier classes are inspired by significant motoring anniversaries with exceptional machinery.
One of the star classes for this year’s Cartier, “Coach and No Horses”, sees the largest gathering of late 19th-century motor cars ever gathered at FoS. Seven fascinating Victorian-era vehicles will be displayed to mark the 120th anniversary of the repelling of the `Locomotives on Highways Act’ (better known as the Red Flag Act) in 1896, with the youngest of these pioneering machines being from 1899.
A class of stunning coach built Vauxhall 30/98s, the first British production car to reach 100 mph, will grace the Cartier Lawn, as will some fine Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs, marking the 80th anniversary since the launch if this, the first V12-powered Royce.
Eight pioneering models will represent the 110th anniversary since the founding of Lancia in 1906, with examples of this celebrated Italian marque ranging from the oldest-surviving Lambda in the world, through to a mouth-watering 1959 Flaminia Sport Zagato.
The revival of the perky French Alpine sports car brand will see half-a-dozen exceptional examples of this Dieppe marque’s work, including some models never seen before in the UK.
A celebration of English grace with American pace will see six sporting mid-1960s bespoke British GTs, equipped with North American V8s. The final Cartier class this year celebrates not only the 50th anniversary of the iconic Miura supercar, but also a series of other legendary Lamborghinis, designed by the Miura’s stylist, Marcello Gandini.
The Festival of Speed will take place from 23-26 June 2016.
Friday general admission and Friday and Sunday Grandstand Packages are available in very limited numbers. More information is available via www.goodwood.com/tickets or via phone 01243 755055.
Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motor sport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport as well as international celebrities regularly attending. Highlights of the 2015 event, which took place on June 25-28, included the Moving Motor Show presented by the AA in association with The Telegraph, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock presented by Sky Sports F1, Drivers’ Club presented by TAG Heuer, GAS Arena powered by TomTom Bandit, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.
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