A gorgeous Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta was named ‘best in show’ at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s ‘Style-Et-Luxe’ award, proving once and for all that the manufacturer is top notch when it comes to style.
This marked the event’s 20th anniversary at the Festival of Speed, having celebrated the best in automotive design for the past two decades. The Maserati in question belongs to Egon Zweimullar Jr.
The superb vehicle took the gold in the coachbuilt Maserati-only Class 3: ‘The height of fashion’. It later went on to claim the overall award after beating the other class winners.
The judging panel featured an impressive array of experts, including Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig and Olympic Gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Salley Gunnel. Blackadder actor Rowan Atkinson, Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive, and handbag designer Anya Hindmarsh also featured on the panel, along with other big names from the art and design, and sports worlds.
Other cars that ranked highly in the event included a 1925 Amilcar CGS, owned by Keith Bowley, which came top in the ‘Vintage Vioturettes’ class.
Victorious in Class 2: ‘Blown Away’ – which considers Mercedes 500Ks only – was Winfried Ritter’s Cab A model.
Meanwhile, a 1960 Lincoln Continental took the prize in Class 4: ‘Affairs of Status’. This car is owned by the La Salle Collection. In addition, Class 5: ‘Mid-engined masterpieces’ was taken by Stephen Keen’s 1968 Lamborguini Miura P400S.
The Class 6: ‘Horses for Courses’ award was won by a 1966 Ford Mustang Mustero, owned by Bill Shepherd. This class appreciates American cars powered by small-block V8 engines.
Meanwhile, the Class 7: ‘Best foot forward’ award category, which celebrates front-engined British sportscars of the 1990s, was topped by Graham Abbott’s 1997 TVR Cerbera Speed 12.
Maserati marked its centenary at this year’s Festival of Speed, with a whole range of road and racing cars on show. The road cars were situated next to the Cartier Lawn in the Stable Yard, while the racers shot up the 1.16-mile hillclimb course at Goodwood.
This year’s festival has seen a whole host of racing legends past and present, including Damon Hill, John Surtees, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.
Marking the 50th anniversary of Surtees’ 1964 Formula One World Championship victory, the legendary racer once again got behind the wheel of his 1964 Ferrari 158 F1. Meanwhile, Raikkonen drove the Ferrari F7 in which he enjoyed success back in 2007.
Speaking to the Chicester Observer, Damon Hill commented: “This is always a great event, and really does get better and better every year.
“It’s wonderful for the area, and for people who love motorsport.”
One of the highlights of the festival was Sebastien Loeb’s hillclimb – which ended in a run of 44.6 seconds. While he failed to beat Nick Heidfeld’s 1999 course record of 41.6 seconds, Loeb did set the fastest time of the weekend.
The motoring festival kicked off on Thursday (June 27th) with the GoodWood Moving Motorshow, and drew to a close on Sunday.
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