Centenary celebration of Audi's origins at Goodwood

Audi is the featured marque at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July.

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Audi is the featured marque at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July.

The event that is to be staged just days before the German manufacturer celebrates its Centenary.

Taking centre stage with the main display in front of Goodwood House, Audi will use Lord March’s World-class motorsport extravaganza to commemorate that its origins were laid 100 years ago on July 16 1909.

The Festival is far more than just a hillclimb and can justifiably claim to be the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motor sport and car culture and will be held July 3-5.

Audi has supported the event since 1998, five years after the first Festival and staged its own central display the following year. The exhibit depicted an Audi Avus quattro and a 1937 Auto Union Streamliner.

Auto Union’s pioneering C and D-Type single-seater racing cars from the 1930s, rally and race quattro all-wheel-drive machines and the company’s most recent record breaking Le Mans sportscars are the intended exhibits.

Belgium’s sportscar legend Jacky Ickx, who achieved 25 podium finishes in Formula One and six wins in the 24 hours of Le Mans, plus Allan McNish, the only British driver to win the legendary French 24 Hour race in a diesel-engined car, will be amongst those on driving duty for Audi at Goodwood in July. This year’s Festival will be a fitting backdrop for Audi’s Vorsprung durch Technik (Advancement through Technology) in celebrating the 100th anniversary of its origins. August Horch left the automobile department of the company owned by Karl Benz, the inventor of the automobile, in 1899 to open a small company of his own, initially in Cologne.

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