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Goodwood Festival of Speed gets a Phantom Coupe

Thu, 26 Mar 2009

Tom Purves of Rolls Royce handing over a Phantom Coupe to Lord March for the Goodwood Festival of Speed


We brought you news of the launch details for the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed last week, and today it has been announced that Rolls Royce has lent the Goodwood Festival of Speed a Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe as the official Course Car for this year.

Now a Phantom Coupe is not the first car you would think of as a course car. Bit too expensive and not exactly capable of massive feats of performance (although it is, at least intil the Silver Ghost arrives, the most ‘Sporty’ of the Rolls Royce models), but it fits the Goodwood event perfectly.

The Goodwood event manages to combine historic cars and performance feats in to one event that is so accessible to its visitors it makes you wonder why ‘Motor Shows’ in the traditional vein still work (or maybe that’s changing, as we commented last week). And the Phantom Coupe does embody lots of tradition and history, but with a very 21st century feel. So the fit is perfect.

The Phantom Coupe will also be used by the track stewards to lead parade laps and other bits and pieces during the Goodwood event. I think there might be a queue on the drivers rota!

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs over the weekend of 3rd-5th July, and this year includes events linked to the anniversaries of Mini, Bugatti, Morgan and Le Mans, plus Lewis Hamilton doing the hillclimb in Ayrton Senna’s 1988 McLaren. If you’ve never been, make the effort. It’s a lot of fun.

By Cars UK