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Alfa celebrates centenary at FOS

2010-07-02 10:44
Alfa Romeo will be celebrating its centenary in rocking style at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, starting this weekend.

Over 50 classic Alfas will be in attendance at this weekend’s meet, including 16 “priceless” models from the company’s History Museum in Milan.

A more unusual display, though, is the sculpture created by artist and designer Gerry Judah. Inspired by the brand’s iconic Cloverleaf signature, the massive artwork is displayed on the front lawn of Goodwood House.

Judah’s artwork incorporates two very important cars for Alfa from different phases of its history – the P2 Grand Prix car of 1925 and an example of the acclaimed Alfa 8C Competizione.

While those strolling the lawns will be able to take in the static installation, others have the chance to gaze upon classic rolling sculptures tackling the Festival of Speed’s main attraction, the Goodwood hill climb. 

Moving sculptures

Four models from the Alfa Romeo History Museum – a 1938 8C 2900B Le Mans Speciale, the 1932 Gran Premio Tipo B (P3), the 1951 Gran Premio Tipo 159 “Alfetta” and the 1993 155 DTM – will contest course covering almost 2km.

Other museum pieces, such as the 1940 Alfa Gran Premio Tipo 512 (that, due to the onset of World War 2, never finished a race), the 10-cylinder 164 Pro-Car and the 1967 33 Stradale prototipo, will share time between the Cartier "Style et Luxe" concours d’elegance and the Cathedral Paddock.

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March said: "Alfa Romeo has one of the most enviable pedigrees of any motor manufacturer, and a history that has become legend.

“With this year's Festival celebrating ‘The Passion of Speed’ there couldn't be a more appropriate marque to celebrate this with. As an Alfista myself, the brand epitomises the beauty of motoring, and I'm honoured that we can help celebrate Alfa Romeo's Centenary at this year's Festival. And I look forward to a bright future for the marque through the debut of the new Alfa Giulietta".

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