Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014
From 26 to 29 June, around 160,000 enthusiasts made the pilgrimage to the home country of motorsport for the world’s largest historic motorsport event. Audi Tradition competed at Goodwood in the South of England with an Auto Union Silver Arrow, the Audi Type C “Alpine Victor” and the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, celebrating three anniversaries at the same time.
A historic festival
The history of the Goodwood hillclimb goes back to 1936 and today it is run on a route that covers 1.16 miles (1.86 km). Every year, a host of stars make their way to the Lord’s Park of the Earl of March and Kinrara, including former and active racing drivers, world champions, Le Mans winners and Formula 1 drivers. For this year’s festival, Audi Tradition took three iconic cars from Audi’s racing history to England.
Audi Type C “Alpine Victor”
The Audi Type C “Alpine Victor” was presented for the first time at the Festival of Speed. The model was unveiled in 1911 by Audi founder August Horch. It was one of his best and most mature designs. The 35 hp open-top touring car proved itself when it won the Austrian Alpine Trial three times in succession between 1912 and 1914. At the time, this was regarded as one of the toughest endurance races.
Auto Union Type C
80 years ago, the Auto Union Silver Arrows made their racing debut. With the 1936 racing car, Bernd Rosenmeyer dominated the European race tracks that same year. The car is a big favourite in England and is already a familiar sight at the Goodwood Festival. The Type C’s 520 hp and 16 cylinders delighted several hundred visitors from the very moment the engine was started. At the wheel this year was five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela, one of Audi’s sporting history legends.
Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO
After ending its involvement in rally competition and switching to the racetrack, Audi returned to the international arena in 1988 with the Audi 200 quattro. The car caused a sensation in the American TransAm Championship thanks to the superiority of its quattro drive. In the following year, the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO was featured for the first time in the IMSA series, which was also held in North America. Behind the wheel sat Hans-Joachim Stuck, who took the runner-up spot in the car. At this year’s Festival of Speed, three-time Le Mans winner André Lotterer looked forward to taking his seat in the cockpit: “This is a big thrill for me. I just love Audi racing cars from the 1980s.”
Audi Type C “Alpensieger”, Auto Union Type D Dual Compressor racing car, Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO.