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Queen Elizabeth II car collection on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Andrea Divirgilio / March 29, 2012

The year 2012 will hold a special meaning for many people, especially Queen Elizabeth II of the UK. This year will be her majesty’s diamond jubilee of becoming the monarch of the nation, and the 16 other sovereign states under her. To commemorate the occasion, this year Goodwood Festival of Speed will showcase several historic vehicles from her majesty’s collection, including the 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V state Limousine, 1956 Ford Zaphyr Estate, and also the 1974 Rover P5B. For car culture aficionados and car collectors, this just might be the best opportunity to see some of the rarest and finest masterpieces of the past from June 28th to the July 1st, 2012.

1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V state limousine

This year amongst other things, will also mark the 18th edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, or Goodwood Style et Luxe Concours as it is otherwise called. Unlike most motor events happening, this will coincide with the diamond Jubilee anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne, thus adding even more importance to the single event. Though every year it turns out to be a melting pot for classic car and bike lovers’ paradise, this one shall be even more royal than the others for reasons just mentioned. Hence, officials from Goodwood have worked extensively to collect the vehicles used by her majesty over the years, including those she has been using during her state visits in other countries. These foreign cars have been specially sent across to West Sussex for the event, where they will be showcased.

1974 Rover P5B

Other than just these special vehicles, the royal family has used certain replica toy cars which became famous in time. They would include the 1966 Aston Martin DB5, Austin J40 pedal car, and even the Royal Toy Train the family was seen using in the past. Divided into various classifications, these automotive royalties will make a rear public appearance, which are otherwise under strict custodianship of the British monarchy.

1956 Ford Zephyr Estate

Via: Goodwood/ Sports car Digest

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