The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the central features of the motorsport calendar, and it has a famous Central Feature of its own. Every year at the event there is a grand display in front of Goodwood House, paying homage to a famous motoring marque, individual or other theme—and the feature seems to get bigger and more impressive year upon year! And Goodwood has just confirmed that at this year’s Festival, taking place on July 4-7, the Central Feature will celebrate none other than Aston Martin. It’s a particularly apt choice, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of Aston Martin’s first race at Goodwood, as well as the 60th anniversary of its greatest triumph in sealing the 1959 World Sportscar Championship, and this also took place at the Goodwood circuit.
Aston Martin’s debut Goodwood race was the Lavant Cup at the 1949 Easter Meeting. And, 10 years on, the 1959 RAC TT at Goodwood was that year’s world sportscar championship-deciding race. Aston Martin had gone toe-to-toe with mighty Ferrari and Porsche all year, but disaster struck the British effort early in the Goodwood showdown when Roy Salvadori and Stirling Moss’s race-leading car set alight in the pits. Moss was smartly put into the third DBR1 of Carroll Shelby and Jack Fairman, and the trio went on to win by a lap, sealing the title.