Endsleigh Car Insurance's take on the Goodwood 2009 festival

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Goodwood celebrated 60 years of Motorcycle Grand Prix this year - and did it in true motoring style with a grand showcase of motoring marvels from each era of the championship. The showcase demonstrated cars from eras of motoring when good car insurance wasn't as easily available as today!

Generally accepted as the world's greatest celebration of the history of motorsport, the Goodwood Festival of Speed attracts racing heroes and car fans from far and wide. It even attracts attention from car insurance providers such as Endsleigh.

McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Toyota, Red Bull and the new Brawn GP team were in attendance this year, with Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and Sebastien Loeb racing for the fans.

That's not all though; American talk show host Jay Leno, Hollywood legend Peter Fonda, rocker Nick Mason and celebrity chef James Martin - as well as a record more than 115 star drivers and riders - attended the Festival of Speed this year.

Designed by architect and sculptor Gerry Judah, the 40-tonne centrepiece of the show stood 35 metres tall in front of Goodwood House, in honour of Audi's centenary.

It wasn't all just about cars though, as the Red Arrows and the RAF's latest design, the Eurofighter Typhoon put on a breathtaking display high above the ground. Flight Lieutenant Scott Loughran it wowed the crowds with an upside down flypast in the Typhoon.

The fastest person up the 1.16-mile hillclimb course - a highlight of the event - was the historic racing specialist Justin Law, who set a new course record of just 44.40 seconds.

American motorcycle customiser Jesse James, possibly a car insurance providers' least favourite customer, also charged up the hillclimb course, as well as around the rally stage, winning himself the Goodwood Special Award. You can bet he won't be getting cheap car insurance after those antics! The truck is well known to thousands of fans worldwide of TV's Monster Garage and Motorcycle Mania, where Jesse rampages across deserts and through houses in his 'Trophy Truck'.

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