Every year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed hosts a massive celebration of motoring that includes a hill climb and extensive car exhibits. This year, Peugeot will be on hand to celebrate 200 years of its success with a past, present, and future vehicle exhibition.
Representing the past is a Peugeot 302 Darl'mat, 402 Eclipse, and 205 T16. The coachbuilt 302 Darl'mat took three top-ten finishes (7th, 8th, 10th) at the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 205 T16 propelled Flying Finns Timo Salonen and Juha Kankkunen to World Rally Championships in 1985 and 1986, respectively, while the pre-war 402 Eclipse was better known for its innovative metal folding roof.
Peugeot's 'present' exhibit will contain the new RCZ, a sports coupe whose double-bubble roof is inspired by the championship-winning 908 Le Mans prototype race car. The RCZ and the current Le Mans-spec 908 will be displayed alongside the RCZ Nürburgring endurance racer and the famed 207 competing in the S2000 class. The 207 S2000 will compete at Goodwood with recent rally champion Kris Meeke behind the wheel.
Looking towards the future, Peugeot is sending its three-wheeled Hybrid 3 Evolution scooter concept, the RCZ HYbrid4 concept, and the production-ready, diesel-hybrid 3008 crossover. Additional concepts include the smooth-bodied SR1 roadster with hybrid power and the uniquely proportioned BB1 electric car. The i0n, a Peugeot rebadge of the all-electric Mitsubishi iMiEV, will also be on the grounds of Goodwood House.
Fret not, Goodwood fans, because Peugeot isn't taking the show over. A Cars, Stars, and Guitars collection will exhibit famous rock musicians and their custom-built rides, including prominent names such as Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
Gibbons will be accompanied by his 23-foot-long 1948 Cadillac, dubbed CadZZilla, and James Hetfield of Metallica is fielding an Auburn Speedster. Clapton's 1949 Ford and Vaughn's '61 Caddy will be on display. Each participating rock star will also show off their personal guitars.
"I am incredibly excited at the prospect of seeing, and hearing, some of my guitar heroes performing outside Goodwood House, playing their famous guitars alongside their stunning cars," said the Earl of March, Festival of Speed founder. "It promises to be a unique experience not to be missed."
Peugeot first started business as a coffee mill company before focusing on automobiles in the late 19th century.
Sources: Peugeot, Goodwood