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Goodwood Festival of Speed takes off

Goodwood Festival of Speed tak...
Airtime - Dakar cars were a major attraction
Airtime - Dakar cars were a major attraction
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Ferrari F1
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Ferrari F1
Toyota's F1 car returns from its run
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Toyota's F1 car returns from its run
Plenty of F1 classics on show
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Plenty of F1 classics on show
Simon Pavey with the bike prepared for Charlie Boorman in his 2006 Dakar Rally attempt
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Simon Pavey with the bike prepared for Charlie Boorman in his 2006 Dakar Rally attempt
Ducati Desmodeci RR
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Ducati Desmodeci RR
The stunning 1958 Porsche 718 RSK
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The stunning 1958 Porsche 718 RSK
Range Rover's 60th anniversary sculptural offering towers above Goodwood House
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Range Rover's 60th anniversary sculptural offering towers above Goodwood House
Bond Cars- 1965 Aston Martin DB5
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Bond Cars- 1965 Aston Martin DB5
Bond Cars- 1965 Aston Martin DB5
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Bond Cars- 1965 Aston Martin DB5
KTM X-bow
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KTM X-bow
Ariel Atom
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Ariel Atom
Lamborghini Murcielago
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Lamborghini Murcielago
Still a major crowd puller - the Bugatti Veyron
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Still a major crowd puller - the Bugatti Veyron
Porsche Cayenne in action
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Porsche Cayenne in action
Airtime - Dakar cars were a major attraction
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Airtime - Dakar cars were a major attraction
Thousands flock to Goodwood
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Thousands flock to Goodwood
This Vauxhall was a day 1 casualty
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This Vauxhall was a day 1 casualty
Range Rover showcasing its climbing talents
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Range Rover showcasing its climbing talents
Remember these? The Wacky Racers
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Remember these? The Wacky Racers
Airtime - Dakar cars were a major attraction
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Airtime - Dakar cars were a major attraction
World Trials bike Dougie Lampkin kept popping up in unusual places
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World Trials bike Dougie Lampkin kept popping up in unusual places
KTM X-Bow
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KTM X-Bow
Classic Alpha Romeo
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Classic Alpha Romeo
Mercedes Benz F700 research car
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Mercedes Benz F700 research car
2008 Subaru Impreza WRC
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2008 Subaru Impreza WRC
The new forest rally stage
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The new forest rally stage
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Bugatti Veyron
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Bugatti Veyron

July 11, 2008 New and old, two wheels and four, supercars, concepts, rally and F1 legends plus everything in between, Britain's premier celebration of all things motorsport - the Goodwood Festival of Speed - got underway today to the delight of thousands of petrol-heads from all around the globe.

The key attraction of the Festival is that not only can you get up close and personal with a vast array of automotive masterpieces (around 350 feature at this years event), but you can also see, smell and hear many of them in action with some of the world's best drivers at the wheel as they take on the famous Goodwood 1.16 mile hill climb.

The theme of this years event "Hawthorn to Hamilton - Britain's love affair with world motorsport", draws a link between world 1958 GP champion Mike Hawthorn and his modern day counterpart Lewis Hamilton, who will appear at the Goodwood Circuit on Sunday.

Among the key attractions at this years event are a long list of supercars including the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, the KTM X-bow, Bugatti Veyron (which still manages to draw the biggest crowd), the Caparo T1, the Audi R8, the Nissan GTR and the high performance Tesla roadster EV. A selection of cars made famous by the James Bond film franchise (complete with Bond girls) also grabbed the spotlight and for budding auto-nuts, the cars from the famous Wacky Racers cartoon have also been brought to life for this years event.

See the gallery for some of the highlights and check for updates as the festival continues over the next two days.

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