The Earl of March has announced the theme of the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is 'Hawthorn to Hamilton - Britain's Love Affair with World Motor Sport'.
"Britain has always played a key role in the global motor racing industry, forging successful relationships with the rest of the motor sport world," read a statement from the organisers. "From Mike Hawthorn - who used a Ferrari
to become Britain's first Formula 1
World Champion fifty years ago in 1958 - to current F1 star Lewis Hamilton, driving a British engineered car with German power, British drivers and engineers have utilised global resources to achieve success. The 2008 Festival honours these winning combinations.
"In recognising Britain's role in shaping motor sport worldwide, the Festival will acknowledge the influence and achievements of iconic British figures, including Jim Clark, John Surtees, Colin McRae, Barry Sheene, Jackie Stewart, Derek Bell, Colin Chapman, Gordon Murray and Adrian Newey.
"In addition, home-grown stars from the past and modern day heroes are expected to line up alongside their friends and adversaries from around the world at the celebrated 1.16 mile hillclimb, in a tribute to global motor sport.
"The Festival will also feature the world's finest competition cars and motorcycles, many of which have been influenced by British engineering or built in partnership with British expertise. In action will be everything from the pure-bred Vanwall of the 1950s, to the ground-breaking products of manufacturers such as Cosworth, Williams, Lola and Prodrive.
"And with significant anniversaries in 2008 for two of Britain's most important race series - namely 50 years of the BTCC
and 20 years of the British Superbike Championship - Goodwood will recognise the UK's role in providing a high-profile, competitive environment for some of the world's great manufacturers and racing stars."
"It will be just fantastic to have so many great cars and drivers here at Goodwood to celebrate our theme for 2008," added Goodwood Festival of Speed founder, Lord March. "I look forward with much anticipation to seeing some of the great British drivers and UK-inspired machines in action."
The 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held from July 11-13.