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Goodwood Announces 2009 Motor Sport Event Season

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Major Goodwood events in 2009 are:
Festival of Speed 3rd-5th July
Revival 18th-20th September

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22nd March, 2009

The Earl of March has announced many of the key attractions due to appear at this year’s Festival of Speed (3rd-5th July), as well as the Goodwood Revival (18th–20th September).  Many of the top competition cars, motor cycles and super cars due to be at the Festival in July and the Revival in September were gathered in the Park at Goodwood House to celebrate the official unveiling of the plans for the 2009 Goodwood motor sport season.

On hand to assist the Earl of March outline his plans for 2009 were ex-Formula One drivers Damon Hill, Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass. Rally drivers Rauno Aaltonen and Russell Brookes were also in attendance, as were Le Mans drivers Richard Attwood and Anthony Reid, plus motor cycle riders Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Paul Smart. An announcement by Lord March was the confirmation that Goodwood will be helping to make current Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton’s dream come true. He will demonstrate the 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4/4 turbo, as driven by Ayrton Senna, up the famous 1.16 mile Festival of Speed hillclimb. Lewis Hamilton’s charity, the Lewis Hamilton Foundation (LHF) will be the official charity of this year’s Festival. The LHF is a non-profit organisation focused on improving the lives and opportunities of children and young people who have a dream and are living in ill health or poverty around the world.

The theme of the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed is ‘True Grit­ – Epic Feats of Endurance. The theme celebrates the drive and determination of well known motor racing’s drvers, who overcame huge physical, mental and mechanical barriers in their quest for glory. From Jackie Stewart’s enduring victory at the 1968 German Grand Prix, despite his broken wrist, to Mick Doohan’s return to motor cycle racing in 1992, without full use of his right leg, there are countless tales of performances far beyond what was thought possible for any human being. In attendance to help represent this theme were a number of cars once driven in anger by many of motor racing’s greats, including the victorious 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Aston Martin DBR1 and Richard Attwood’s famous Porsche 917K, one of many that will be at the Festival in July.

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Also on display, during the announcement session, as a taster for a paddock full of super cars and Britain’s main ‘moving motor show’ at the July Festival of Speed were the new Nissan 370Z, BMW Z4 and closed-canopy Caparo T1, all making their UK debuts. A pair of historic racers from the Audi’s successful competition career (Auto Union Type D ‘Silver Arrows’ racer and ex-works Audi Quattro Sport S1) were also on hand to celebrate the marque’s centenary, which will be honoured as the main featured marque at the 2009 Festival with a jaw-dropping sculpture dominating the scenery outside Goodwood House. Expect to see a record number of Silver Arrow racers gathered together at the Festival this summer.

An original 1959 Mini was present at Goodwood House, too, to mark this iconic British car’s 50th anniversary, which Goodwood will be celebrating in style at both the Festival of Speed and Revival. A Gangloff-bodied 1937 Type 57C was present to help illustrate Goodwood’s planned celebrations for the important centenary of Bugatti, which will form a class of the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance.

The actual Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival events will feature many more attractions as well, details of which will be released in due course.

Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival founder, Lord March says:  ‘It will be just fantastic to have so many great cars and drivers here at Goodwood to celebrate our events for 2009. I look forward with much anticipation to seeing some of the great drivers and machines in action.’


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