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Goodwood Festival of Speed news - Festival of Speed preview - 2009

The world’s coolest garden party kicks off
today, as hundreds of awesome cars gather on a posh man’s driveway.
 
Yep, it’s Goodwood Festival time, and here’s a little round-up of what’s going
on.
 
Audi has built an enormous bit of artwork on Lord March’s lawn, but he’ll
probably let the Germans off considering it’s the firm’s 100th birthday. To
celebrate, the R8 V10 will blast up the Hill, followed by the world’s fastest
man, Andy Green - shouldn’t that be Usain Bolt? - in an Insignia VXR.
 
Make sure you get a good perch to see that lot in the supercar run, and keep an
eye out for a couple of quick Jaguars, too. You won’t miss the first one - the
lurid green XKR we showed you yesterday. The other is the XFR Bonneville car we
featured a while back.
 
Of course, the Festival isn’t just about new stuff. The paddocks will be
crammed with all sorts of cars you’ve never heard of, like the Matra MS630 and
Alfa Tipo 33 TT 12. But they’re not just for bearded men - these old things
will blow you away.
 
The F1 teams will make their annual visit, too. Jenson Button and Lewis
Hamilton
will be among them, and Lewis even gets to drive Ayrton Senna’s 1988
championship-winning MP4/4. That’ll make up for his dodgy start this season…
 
Aston Martin will be there with the V12 Vantage and, just in case you’re not
excited enough, it will roll out this year’s LMP1 Le Mans car, too.
 
But our favourite bit of action will involve a Mini. And some girls. To
celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary, Lord March and Damon Hill will attempt to
fit as many Mini-skirted girls as possible in the back of a Cooper. And, in the
name of journalistic integrity, we’ll be crammed somewhere in the back, just to
verify the numbers…
 
We’re running out of space to tell you about everything here. But we’ll report back
on Monday with a gallery from the weekend. In the meantime, check out
this official video.

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