Motoring fabulous line-up of top drivers includes Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill. HappyBirthday THE real coup this year is the record number of Silver Arrows cars gathered together in one place to mark the 75th anniversary since these breath- taking pre-war Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix legends first competed. These cars are so rare that this collection is thought to be worth at least 100m. Elsewhere, Audi, Bugatti and Morgan celebrate centenaries and there are special displays to commemorate 40 years of Williams F1, 50 years of the iconic Mini and 60 years of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Famousfaces LOOK out for Hollywood legend Peter Fonda who will ride a replica of his Easy Rider chopper to mark the 40th anniversary of the cult film. American chat show host Jay Leno, veteran racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, TV chef James Martin, award-winning author AA Gill, supermodel Yasmin Le Bon and singer Will Young will also be attending. Familyfun KIDS will have a ball in the Junior Festival Of Speed area. Over the years, Goodwood has commissioned lifesize models of the Wacky Races cartoon cars (remember the fabulous Arkansas Chugabug or the Mean Machine?) and the set is now complete. All 11 cars will be on show, plus characters dressed up as Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect and Dastardly & Muttley. Theres also an off-road area for the young petrolheads. The 2009 Goodwood Festival Of Speed is on 3-5 July. For further information or to book tickets, call 01243 755055 or visit Supercarsuperstars ONE of the biggest sideshows is the supercar run and this year the festival welcomes no fewer than 50 cars, almost half of which make their full public debut. The headline act is definitely a toss- up between the new 1.1m Bugatti Veyron Grand Sportandtheamazing660,000McLaren-Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss roadster. Goodwood also welcomes the new Audi R8 V10, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, three new Ferraris including the stunning California drop-top, the new four-door Porsche Panamera and the Ford Focus RS. F OR three days each year, the picture- postcard surroundings of Hampshire are blown to smithereens when the Goodwood Estate erupts to the thunder- ous sound of one of the worlds biggest motorsport festivals. The Goodwood Festival Of Speed, now in its 17th year, is the brainchild of the Earl of March. It features more shiny new metal than most international motor shows with a host of iconic machines, and attracts many of the worlds greatest drivers and riders, plus a smattering of celebrities for good measure. Most of the cars and motorbikes charge flat- out up a mile-long hill and around the purpose-built rally course, with just a hay bale or a manicured lawn between you and your favourites. Its like an F1 race in slow-mo. Or a motor- bike Grand Prix where points are awarded for the biggest wheelie. This years event breaks all records, with 115 star names and more than 350 cars and motorbikes tearing through the estate. Youll see everything from classic Grand Prix cars to World Superbikes. And there are no roped-off VIP areas, so youre free to stroll around the paddocks, rubbing shoulders with your heroes and getting close enough to the exhibits to smell the engines. Our first F1 car was a big deal, says Lord March. Suddenly people were saying, wow, were going to see a Formula One car not at a Grand Prix, and that was almost the first time that had happened. Then the Ferrari F1 team came and last year we had Lewis Hamilton -- it was like having The Beatles here! Each festival has a theme and this year its True Grit -- Epic Feats Of Endurance. Dramatic tales abound, such as Barry Sheenes 175mph crash at Daytona in 1975 when he lost enough skin to upholster a settee; or the story of Nigel Mansells accidents where he broke his back not once but twice in pursuit of the ultimate prize. And its not just a mecca for motorsport nuts. Theres Cartiers Style et Luxe concours delegance featuring some of the most valuable and beautiful cars ever built; an action-packed kids area; wild off-road rides; air displays (the Eurofighter Typhoon and Royal Navy Black Cats helicopters are here this year), and an innovative green technology arena. To help you make the most of your visit, here are the best things to see and do: 40 Friday, 26 June 2009 London Lite Ive got a silver machine: champion Lewis Hamilton Twowheelsonly FANS of motorbike racing are not forgotten with a line-up of five multiple world champions, including John Surtees, Mick Doohan and Max Biaggi. The brand-new BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 from the World Superbikes series will be here, plus a collection of historic bikes celebrat- ing 60 years of motorcycle Grand Prix. Formula1winners FOR the first time in the festivals 17-year history, two current world champions will make star appearances. The F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, will fire up his 2008 McLaren and hell also get to fulfil his lifelong dream of driving one of Ayrton Sennas racers. Five-times World Rally Champion, Sbastien Loeb, will show off his skills in his 2009 Citroen C4 WRC. Brawn GP will bring its storming new car but current golden boy Jenson Button takes a break from his regular driving duties to experience something equally successful -- the 1938 Mercedes-Benz W154. Toyota, McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull complete the list and the Easy rider: BMWs brand-new S1000RR superbike Va-va-vroom: Penelope Pitstops Wacky Races car Goon,get yourmotor runningfor Goodwoodby andrew gillingwater UpcloseandpersonalwithstarsandsupercarsattheFestivalOfSpeed Golden boy: Jenson Button and girlfriend Jessica Michibata Theyre off: the Goodwood track, above; the Mercedes Stirling Moss roadster, left index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html