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Ferrari's road car division was founded 70 years ago - a fact that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is celebrating in style

As Autocar's Andrew Frankel noted earlier this year when he undertook a drive in both a Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 166, "it is perhaps worth remembering that Ferrari the person, Ferrari the team, even Ferrari the car constructor are somewhat older even than Ferrari the sports and supercar brand we all grew up with".

His point, of course, was that it is only one part of the Ferrari legend that is celebrating its 70th birthday this year.

Nonetheless, it would be churlish to overlook an anniversary celebration of one of - if not the - most famous of marques when the opportunity comes up, and that is exactly what the organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed have done, assembling around 35 competition cars made in Maranello, including grand prix and sports car racers, in addition to a number of road-going Ferraris. As a result, visitors to the Festival get to hear a variety of glorious Italian engine notes from four-, six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engines.

Elsewhere at the Festival, Goodwood has dedicated a category of its Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance to the Ferrari 250. Under the title Maranello's Masterpiece, highlights include a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale Pininfarina, 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Shark Nose and 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO.

Click on the pictures above to open our picture gallery celebrating the Ferraris at Goodwood.

Other Autocar Ferrari features:

Andrew Frankel feature: Ferrari at 70: touring Britain in a 488 Spider and a 166

See some of the special edition cars Ferrari is producing for its 70th birthday

How to buy your first Ferrari

Autocar drives 500 miles in a Ferrari Dino 246 GT - 13 May 1971




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James Attwood

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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