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The Earl of March has announced that the theme of the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) will be "True Grit – Epic Feats of Endurance." Think monumental drive and determination from motor racing legends like Jackie Stewart, who won the 1968 German Grand Prix with a broken wrist. That sort of thing. The Festival will take place July 3-5 and hopefully we'll be there to cover it for all of you. The 1.16-mile hillclimb is always a delight, with some of the most famous drivers in motorsports history driving the cars (and bikes) that made them household names.

The 2009 FoS will also celebrate 100 years of Bugatti, Audi and Morgan, 60 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Motorcycle World Championship, 50 years of Mini and the Daytona Speedway, and the 40th anniversary of Jackie Stewart and Matra's dominant pairing. Like last year, festival attendees will also get to see another edition of the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' mini concours d'elegance, the BP Ultimate FoS-TECH technology pavilion, the Forest Rally Stage and the Junior Festival of Speed. We can't wait.

Alfa Romeo 8Cs
  • Alfa Romeo 8Cs
Morgan Lifecar
  • Morgan Lifecar
Parajet Skycar
  • Parajet Skycar
Toyota iSwing
  • Toyota iSwing
Vintage Dragster Display on Cricket Pitch
  • Vintage Dragster Display on Cricket Pitch
Jaguar XKR racer
  • Jaguar XKR racer
Land Rover display gets climbed
  • Land Rover display gets climbed
Land Rover LRX concept
  • Land Rover LRX concept
Land Rover Defender 60th
  • Land Rover Defender 60th
2005 Red Bull RB1
  • 2005 Red Bull RB1
1972 Ferrari Spazzaneve
  • 1972 Ferrari Spazzaneve
1982 Lotus-Cosworth 91
  • 1982 Lotus-Cosworth 91
1992 Benetton-Ford B192
  • 1992 Benetton-Ford B192
  • Schumacher car
Hawthorn-like Ferrari 246 Dino remake
  • Hawthorn-like Ferrari 246 Dino remake
1908 Mercedes GP
  • 1908 Mercedes GP
Austro-Daimler Prince Henry
  • Austro-Daimler Prince Henry
Dougie Lampkin drives over Goodwood House
  • Dougie Lampkin drives over Goodwood House
Airbus A380
  • Airbus A380
DBR9 Le Mans winner
  • DBR9 Le Mans winner
Honda dance
  • Honda dance
Caparo T1
  • Caparo T1
SLR Roadster
  • SLR Roadster
Porsche GT2
  • Porsche GT2
Maserati GT S
  • Maserati GT S
Toyota Ago Crazy
  • Toyota Ago Crazy
Nissan GTR
  • Nissan GTR
Lamborghini LP560-4
  • Lamborghini LP560-4
M3 convertible
  • M3 convertible
DBS
  • DBS
Ferrari GP cars from every decade
  • Ferrari GP cars from every decade
Jaguar XKR-S
  • Jaguar XKR-S
Gumpert Apollo
  • Gumpert Apollo
Super Snake
  • Super Snake
Morgan Aeromax
  • Morgan Aeromax
Jaguar XFR
  • Jaguar XFR
Abarth 500
  • Abarth 500
Bentley Silver Spur Speed
  • Bentley Silver Spur Speed
Ascari KZ1
  • Ascari KZ1
Pontiac G8 brother
  • Pontiac G8 brother
Alfa 8C
  • Alfa 8C
CART
  • CART
Bug chases Scud
  • Bug chases Scud
Mazda Furai
  • Mazda Furai
Auto Union Type D
  • Auto Union Type D
Rod Millen's Celica hillclimb special
  • Rod Millen's Celica hillclimb special
NASCAR goes off-road
  • NASCAR goes off-road
Bourdais' Lola-Cosworth B03/00
  • Bourdais' Lola-Cosworth B03/00
2007 Focus WRC
  • 2007 Focus WRC
Bentley Speed8
  • Bentley Speed8
SLR racer
  • SLR racer
Jaguar XR-9
  • Jaguar XR-9
  • Fastest car of the week
Ferrari TR58
  • Ferrari TR58
Tail-wagging Jag
  • Tail-wagging Jag
Porsche 718 RSK
  • Porsche 718 RSK
Lola T160
  • Lola T160
MG-Lola overtakes Alfa
  • MG-Lola overtakes Alfa
Vauxhall Cavalier
  • Vauxhall Cavalier
Paul Tracy
  • Paul Tracy
Bond DB5
  • Bond DB5
Parking
  • Parking
XKR-S
  • XKR-S

All photos copyright ©2008 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.


PRESS RELEASE

GOODWOOD ANNOUNCES THE 2009 FESTIVAL OF SPEED THEME: 'TRUE GRIT – EPIC FEATS OF ENDURANCE'

The Earl of March has today (Wednesday 10 December) confirmed the theme of the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed as 'True Grit – Epic Feats of Endurance.' The theme celebrates the drive and determination of motor racing's heroes, 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 courageous return to motorcycle racing in 1992, without full use of his right leg, there are countless amazing tales of performances far beyond what was thought possible for any human being. When most would have accepted defeat, these few continued to pursue their goals against all odds. The 2009 Festival of Speed will celebrate their unrelenting true grit and the legends born from it.

The 2009 Festival will run from 3-5 July and will celebrate the true motor sport heroes that went the extra mile in the pursuit of victory. Motor racing legends and modern day stars are expected to line up alongside their friends and adversaries at the celebrated 1.16 mile hillclimb, in a tribute to great feats of endurance in competition.

The selection of machinery at the 2009 Festival of Speed is expected to feature a sensational gathering of the world's finest competition cars and motorcycles, each present to help an epic story of spellbinding performance. In action on two-wheels and four will be everything from early Grand Prix and endurance machines, to off-road and contemporary racers. Also featuring will be the centenaries of Bugatti, Audi and Morgan, 50 years of both Mini and the Daytona Speedway, 40 years since Jackie Stewart and Matra's dominance in motor sport, plus 60 continuous years of both the Motorcycle World Championship and the most famous endurance race of them all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans – Goodwood will celebrate the huge and lasting influence of these marques, circuits and championships as part of the richest celebration of motor sport history in the world, the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Complementing the overall Festival of Speed theme will be a host of other attractions at the world's greatest celebration of motoring. Aside from getting close to the action-packed hillclimb and paddocks, Festival-goers will be able to relish some of the most stylish vehicles ever designed at the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' concours d'elegance, glimpse into the future of personal transportation at the BP Ultimate FoS-TECH technology pavilion, see many of motor sport's famous faces up close, swoon at the mouth-watering display of supercars in the world's finest moving motor show, witness the exciting sideways action on the Forest Rally Stage and become a part of the action at the off-road activity fields and Junior Festival of Speed.

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder, Lord March says: 'It will be fabulous to have so many great cars and drivers here at Goodwood to celebrate our endurance theme for 2009. I look forward with much anticipation to seeing some of the great endurance drivers, riders and machines in action.'

The date for next year's Festival of Speed is now confirmed to be taking place from 3-5 July 2009 with the Goodwood Revival also confirmed for the weekend of 18.19.20 September.

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