Even though national rivals BMW are the feature marque of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Audi is celebrating two motor sport milestones at the event with two memorable and very different cars.
Eighty years ago, the all-conquering Bernd Rosemeyer claimed the European Grand Prix aboard an Auto Union Type C. In honour of his achievement, Audi is fielding one of these 560bhp pre-war titans for historic racer and Festival regular, Nick Mason. The Pink Floyd drummer and renowned car collector will be braving this thunderous machine several times over the weekend and will be eager to avoid The Wall. Noticeably, the car is in twin rear-wheel configuration often associated with its hillclimb career and offering improved traction.
German racer Frank Biela will also be honoured by the marque with which his name is inextricably linked. This hugely successful driver claimed the 1990 German Touring Car Championship and the 1996 British Touring Car Championship before embarking on a spell in sports cars which netted five victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. He is reunited this weekend with the V8 quattro in which he claimed the German ‘tin top’ title at his first attempt.