Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
Posted in Luxury | 12/07/2019
The iconic Festival of Speed has been and gone for 2019 and what a year it was. This year Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brought the Home of Rolls-Royce to the festival, transforming the Laundry Green into the iconic factory front complete with a fully paved stand, a virtual LED factory line and of course - those perfectly pruned and quintessential square cut trees. The stand was complete with an opulent large-scale version of our figurehead, the Spirit of Ecstasy, who stood gracefully greeting guests as they approached the stand. This years stand celebrated the Home of Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce Bespoke services and the craftmanship that goes into each and every Rolls-Royce that leaves the factory.
The stand for 2019 featured five specially commissioned Rolls-Royces, one of each family member accompanied by Wraith Eagle VIII, the newest Rolls-Royce collection car, which debuted in the VIP lounge. As well as witnessing Eagle VIII, VIP guests were treated to a curated mini factory tour exploring all of the craftmanship areas from the Leather and Wood Shops through to the Surface Finishing Centre. The mini factory tour ended with the opportunity for guests to specify their own Rolls-Royce with the help of a product specialist. The VIP hospitality area was adorned with artwork supplied by Maddox Gallery, as well as live art taking place by their very own wonderfully talented artist, Bradley Theodore. Guests were also treated to a variety of stunning canapes created by multi award winning Chef Tom Seller from Michelin Star ‘Restaurant Story’ of London.
The Rolls-Royces on display this year demonstrated the exemplary level of Bespoke available on the entire model range. Ghost, Wraith and Dawn presented themselves to crowds as Black Badge – the most intense form of Rolls-Royce offering more potent performance and daring aesthetic. Standard features on a Rolls-Royce Black Badge include high-gloss dark chrome elements that dress the car in a noir-like décor contrasting beautifully against the LED headlights. Also noticeable on a Black Badge are the 21” carbon composite alloy wheels with their striking design and, of course, the Spirit of Ecstasy rising from the bonnet and leading the driver to the dark side cloaked in deep black. With Ghost finished in rich Magma Red, Wraith in two-tone Dark Emerald and Black and Dawn in exotic Galileo Blue, it’s safe to say the Black Badge family had no problems in creating an enormous amount of presence amongst crowds this year. As well as offering the dark and daring design, Black Badge offers extra power with Wraith Black Badge coming in as the most powerful Rolls-Royce to date with a huge 624 bhp and a 0 – 60mph of 4.4 seconds. Impressive.
Ornamenting the stand’s centre this year we saw Phantom VIII looking grandiose in striking Salamanca Blue with 22” fully polished forged alloy wheels. Inside, Phantom offered a luxurious sanctuary complete with Starlight Headliner, full Scivaro Grey leather, collection commissioned umbrellas and a Cascade Ruthenium glass-cased gallery decorating the dashboard in front of the passenger seat. Phantom VIII is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce and offers drivers 563 bhp and a huge 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine.
Accompanying the Rolls-Royce family for its second Festival of Speed appearance was Cullinan; the first luxury SUV by Rolls-Royce. Cullinan understands that in this life there are many lifestyles and accommodates this with it’s spacious and versatile interior, it’s off-road mode and its high ride position, all whilst maintaining the luxuries that separate Rolls-Royce from any other manufacturer. From the more robust and practical Cullinan, drivers can expect that same magic carpet ride, silent cabin and unparalleled beauty expected of a Rolls-Royce. This year Cullinan graced us in Dark Indigo with 22” Shadow Wheels and all new Selby Grey leather. Similar to its sister, Phantom, Cullinan is adorned with a powerful 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine offering 563 bhp.
Beyond the LED factory front framing the stand and inside VIP is where guests found Wraith Eagle VIII. Limited to only 50 cars, the Wraith Eagle VIII marks 100 years since first non-stop transatlantic flight completed in June 1919, by Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown. Described by CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös as ‘an object of desire; a homage to heroes and a protagonist to today's visionaries’ the Eagle VIII demonstrates the extraordinary skill of Rolls-Royce Bespoke. The Wraith Eagle VIII's bespoke exterior is finished in Gunmetal with a Selby Grey upper two-tone, separated by a beautiful brass coach line. Inside, the starlight headliner is made up of 1183 optical fibres designed to show the celestial arrangement at the time of the flight in 1919. The headliner also features a plaque reading the half-way point of the duo's journey. Other unique features of Eagle VIII include the Smoked Eucalyptus wood veneer that is decorated with gold and inlaid with silver and copper, the brass Bespoke audio speaker covers and the driver’s door plaque praising the achievements of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown. This unique and intricately designed Wraith attracted crowds of VIP guests over every day of the festival and it’s not hard to see why.
If you attended this year’s Festival of Speed and you visited the Rolls-Royce stand, we’d like to say thank you and that we truly hope you enjoyed being immersed into the Home of Rolls-Royce. If you would like any further information on anything from this years stand, or you have a general enquiry, we would love to hear from you. Please call 01564 787 170 where a dedicated member of our team here at Rolls-Royce Birmingham will be more than happy to assist.