PROSPECTIVE car buyers were enjoying a test drive with a difference today as the Goodwood Festival of Speed was launched with a Moving Motor Show.
The event features more than 20 major manufacturers, including Jaguar, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Ford, and the very latest models on show range from family runabouts to seriously expensive supercars.
The chosen few lucky enough to get behind the wheel are being allowed to drive up the world-famous hillclimb course in the grounds of Goodwood House near Chichester, literally following in the tyre tracks of motorsport stars – but at a much slower pace.
The Moving Motor Show made its debut last year and has now cemented its place as a modern version of annual motor shows that once drew huge crowds at venues such as Earls Court.
Those with tickets to the Moving Motor Show can also get a sneak preview of the three-day Festival of Speed proper that begins tomorrow and is expected to attract 175,000 fans from around the globe.
They are able to visit the supercar and racing car paddocks, as well as the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance.
Plus they can see a stunning 28m-high, 150-tonne automotive sculpture celebrating 60 years of E-Type Jaguars, enjoy the rally stage or an off-road driving course, listen to live music, find out what we might all be driving in the future at the FoS-TECH technology pavilion and look skywards for a display by the ever-popular Red Arrows.
Just a week before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, an impressive nine F1 teams will be at this year’s festival, allowing fans to get closer to the cars than at any other event.
Star drivers taking part include Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Damon Hill.
The annual UK National Motorsport Week, which celebrates the UK being a world leader in motorsport, culminates at the festival and Goodwood owner Lord March said: ‘The event brings together many of the finest cars, motorcycles, drivers, riders and teams that Britain has to offer, showcasing the extraordinary motor sport talent and prominence of this small island in the world of motor racing.’
Admission to the Moving Motor Show and Festival of Speed is strictly by advance ticket only. For more information, go to goodwood.co.uk or call 01243 755055.
Don’t miss The News tomorrow, Saturday and Monday for full coverage of the festival, plus updates over the weekend on our website, portsmouth.co.uk