A BMW Showcase at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Taking place in the heart of Sussex, in the grounds of Goodwood House, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has quickly established itself as one of the world’s premier gatherings of all things automotive and this year BMW took prominent place at the festival as it debuted some exciting new developments and showcased its current line up to the public. The Festival of Speed runs for four days every summer and has played host to a range of new car launches over the past two and a half decades and pulls together the best of the best from the world of road cars and motorsport. With that in mind, we travelled down to the beautiful Goodwood estate to see for ourselves. As soon as you arrive at the festival you appreciate how vast it is. Visitors travel from far and wide for the event which also see’s a number of international visitors. This year BMW took pride of place at the festival taking over the house’s stable yard whilst hosting visitors to their large, multi-storey pavilion. The BMW pavilion showcases the current BMW range, in a setting where you can get up close and personal with cars like the new M5 and M2 all taking pride of place. The top floor of BMW’s mighty pavilion also played host to members of the public who are lucky enough to be BMW owners. Whilst there was much to see and do at the BMW pavilion, arguably it was BMW at the Stable Yard which provided the undisputed stars of the show. Taking over the entire space, the Stable Yard, played host to a range of brand new and exciting models. Whilst much acclaim and hype still accrues around the reborn 8 Series taking pride of place was the M8 Gran Coupeconcept which was first previewed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier on this year. Displayed on a platform which imitated ice, much like it’s original press photos, the M8 with its aggressive looks and yellow headlights looked every inch the Gran Tourer of which it was intended to be. Whether these design elements are retained when it reaches production remains to be seen. Accompanying this dynamic looking machine was the newly reborn 8 Series. Making its debut at the Festival for the first time the car was prominently displayed for visitors to discover the all-new 8 Series’ smart design philosophy and luxurious new interiors. Also in attendance was the, also recently launched, BMW X2 and the BMW i8 Roadster. The i8 Roadster becomes one of the first convertible, hybrid, vehicles to enter into the mainstream market. Building on the structure of the i8 coupe, the Roadster features a folding soft top which can be elegantly stored away under that attractive rear bodywork. Taking a moment to walk around these two areas at the Festival of Speed give you an understanding of just how vast the BMW range is and how there truly is a BMW for all occasions. At Big Motoring World we pride ourselves on the selection of BMW’s we have for sale and all of these can be viewed over on our website.