Audi Armada at Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Published on July 10th, 2009

“Vorsprung durch Technik” is perhaps one of the most successful taglines not just in the automotive sphere but all over the world. Just a glance or a whisper of it and almost anyone that’s seen the machines that have made the word Quattro as synonymous as diffusers will think of four intertwined rings. Plus we all now know how “Advantage Through Technology” sounds like in German.

Well this year, Audi is officially a centenarian and the boys from Ingolstadt decided what better way to ring in their century than to whip out their armada of racing cars to celebrate at the most prestigious classic motor sport event in the world, Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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No fewer than 15 of Audi’s racing cars will grace the grounds of the Earl of March together with the Crème de la crème of their past and present racing drivers.

From World Rally Champions in the shape of Walter Röhrl, Stig Blomqvist and Hannu Mikkola to DTM, STC and Le Mans heroes Frank Biela, Alan McNish, Dindo Capello and Marco Werner were present to celebrate the momentous occasion. Not to be forgotten is an icon of Formula 1 and Le Mans history, Jacky Ickx, as well as Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason that will give the Auto Union Type D its last rev on the racetrack.

“It’s a great honour for me to be allowed to drive this car on its last outing, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity,” said Mason on being blessed with the opportunity to drive the mostly original Auto Union Type D before it is retired from ‘active service’ and moves to its final resting spot in the Audi museum mobile.

Mason has also gotten a feel for the Auto Union Type C and Type D Dual Compressor previously at Goodwood and following the last hurrah for the Auto Union Type D would be the only person to have driven all three still-roadworthy Auto Union Silver Arrow cars under the possession of Audi Tradition.

Not wanting to be left out of the celebrations, Icky will also take to the wheel of the Auto Union Type D Dual Compressor from 1939. If three is a crowd then four will be a family as an authentic copy of the record breaking Auto Union Type C Streamliner from 1937 will be on display to mark the 75th anniversary of the Silver Arrow.

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Walter Röhrl, widely regarded as one of the best rally drivers , will once again relive his record run up Pikes Peak in1987 behind the wheel of the Audi Sport Quattro S1, albeit up the hill of Goodwood this time around.

“I am absolutely delighted to be getting my hands on the Audi Pikes Peak again. It’s a truly fabulous experience to be able to do so at Goodwood,” grinned Röhrl.

Apart from that, Röhrl will drive the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO that he wiped circuits with in the USA in 1989. Keeping him company will be two drivers that are well written into the annals of rally history, Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist, that will be wringing up the Audi Quattro A2 and the Audi Sport Quattro S1 respectively.

Rounding up the celebrations will be the Le Mans crew of Frank Biela, Alan McNish, Dindo Capello and Marco Werner with two-times German Rally Champion for Audi, Harald Demuth. These enduro racers will bring out the types that Audi have checked into Le Mans history at some stage, like the R8R, R8, R10 and R15.

Rounding off the historic fleet will be the only motorcycle that Audi is bringing to the Goodwood festivities. In honour of Ewald Kluge, who would have turned 100 this year and became the first German rider to win the Tourist Trophy in 1938, the model on which Kluge competed for Auto Union on the Isle of Man – a DKW 250 SS – will be lining up at the start.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Audi

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