The Central Feature Marque at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be BMW, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by showcasing its brands, sports cars, stylish vehicles and current offerings. For this year, the festival will carry the theme ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power.’ BMW will be displaying the iconic BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, and the Brabham-BMW BT52 designed by Gordon Murray at the sculpture by Gerry Judah.
Moreover, a couple of BMW’s historical cars will be tackling Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile course: the Mille Miglia-winning BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1940, a 1957 BMW 507, and a 1965 BMW 1800 TiSA. Also to be displayed at what is considered as the most prestigious motoring festival in the world are an array of classic and modern BMW like the legendary WR 750 Kompressor from 1929, 1966 BMW R50 S Kaczor, and a 1976 BMW R90 S 76 as well as the BMW M4 GTS from BMW Motorsport GmbH.
This BMW M4 GTS is also bound to challenge the Goodwood hill with its 500-hp water-injected a six-cylinder in-line engine. Moreover, a distinct ‘M Avenue’ will pay tribute to legendary BMW M cars from the last four decades alongside the latest M products like new BMW M2 compact sports coupé.
Likewise, the BMW Pavilion will showcase the carmaker’s newest models like the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition. Graeme Grieve, chief executive of BMW Group UK’s Officer, remarked that for the past century, BMW has been a highly innovative company that defined change and looked to the future.
He quipped that BMW Group has taken a pioneering role in the auto world since its first racing success in 1924 to its latest offering, the plug-in hybrid model BMW i8. The Earl of March, Chairman of the Goodwood Group of Companies remarked that for the past 100 years, BMW built several landmark cars and boasts of an exceptional motorsport heritage in Formula 1, Formula 2, at Le Mans, and other sporting events around the world.
He noted that BMW has been one of the Festival’s most loyal partners for 19 years and he expressed that he is thrilled to be celebrating this relationship as well as BMW’s centenary with a BMW Central Feature. He added that the festival sculpture will feature three cars that reflect BMW's competitive instincts and pursuit of technology. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is slated from 23-26 June 2016. It will commence with Press Preview Day featuring the Moving Motor Show on June 23, 2016