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"Young Guns- Born to Win" is theme for 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme, which will take place from June 28th- July 1st, is “Young Guns – Born to Win.” The theme will highlight drivers, riders, designers and engineers whose immense talent and insatiable thirst for speed shocked the establishment, immediately vaulting them into the spotlight.

The motor sport celebration will honor great racers such as Bernd Rosemeyer, Mike Hawthorn, Emerson Fittipaldi, Lewis Hamilton, Mike Hailwood, Valentino Rossi, Henri Toivonen, and Colin McRae. Each made an impact that was as immediate as it is indelible on racing in their repsective fields.

The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the careers of these overnight sensations. Some fulfilled their full potential and expectations, while others shone briefly in the spotlight and didn't have a chance to show their true skills. All have secured their own special place in motor sport’s rich history and legacy though.

“I am really looking forward to having so many great cars and drivers here at the Festival of Speed to celebrate our 2012 ‘Young Guns’ theme. For me it is always magical to see so many of the world’s greatest drivers, riders and machines in action.” said Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March.

The festival will also mark the 60th anniversary of Lotus Engineering. Inspired by the incomparable Colin Chapman, this small British company utilized stunning technical ingenuity to dominate many different levels of racing. This includes club racing to Formula 1. Lotus has created a glorious and enduring legacy and continues to do so. An impressive collection of winning Lotus cars, from F1, Indycars, sedans and sports cars, will be a key attraction at this year’s Festival.

The Festival of Speed will also feature all sorts of cars and motorcycles from a huge variety of disciplines. This is what makes Goodwood the world’s greatest celebration of motor racing history and culture.

Another great part of the festival is the Goowood hilclimb. Attempting the famous Goodwood hillclimb will be everything from early Grand Prix and endurance machines, to off-road and contemporary racers and racing motorcycles.

Festival-goers will also be able to admire some of the most stylish vehicles ever designed at the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance, see and potentially try the very latest road cars at the Moving Motor Show exhibition, glimpse into the future of transportation at FoS-TECH, see many of motor sport’s famous faces up close and personal, drool at the supercars on display, 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. The hugely popular GAS (Goodwood Action Sports) will return for 2012 as well.

Best part of the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is young people can get half price tickets. The organizers tried this out last year, which was a great success , so they are continuing for next year's festival. Anyone between the ages of 13-21 years old can buy tickets at half-price of a full adult ticket. Children 12 and under are free of charge. Parking is free too!

Admission to the festival must be purchased in advance, with 2012 tickets already on sale. Tickets prices include the Goodwood Revival from September 14th-16th, and the Moving Motor Show June 28th.

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