Goodwood to celebrate motor stars

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will celebrate motorsport legends who have succeeded against the odds.

The theme for the event, which runs from July 3 to 5 in West Sussex, is 1 Grit - Epic Feats of Endurance.

Among those remembered include Sir Jackie Stewart who managed to win the 1968 German Grand Prix despite a broken wrist and Mick Doohan's return to motorcycle racing in 1992 without full use of his right leg.

Heroes will be there, past and present, along with a variety of old and new cars and bikes to impress.

Other attractions include off-road driving, a forest rally, the Hillclimb Competition - participants remember your breakdown cover and classic car insurance.

Goodwood Festival of Speed founder, Lord March, said: "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."

It is also the year top car companies, Bugatti, Audi and Morgan celebrate centenaries, Mini and the Daytona Speedway celebrate their 50th birthdays and the Motorcycle World Championship and the famous endurance race - the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be marking 60 continuous years.

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