Despite an accident involving a Honda Civic, the first ever Goodwood Moving Motor Show where the public could drive new cars, turned out to be a big success.
People could pre-book test drives and get the chance to drive up the famous Goodwood 3.4 mile hill course – following in the wheeltracks of virtually every famous Grand Prix driver of the last 20 years. Fears that drivers would be limited to a 10 mph processions proved unfounded – as long as you did not overtake the car in front, you were allowed to drive at any sane speed.
The result was a hoot (for me, if possibly not for him). On the tight track, we probably only hit about 70 mph, but that is plenty when the straw bales are only a foot away from your wing mirror. As the car in front was a Ferrari, there was little danger of being forced to slow down...
The result from the public was extremely positive overall. A lot of people were surprised to discover they could drive at all, let alone on an internationally famous track. It would be a huge shame if the accident this year led to the event being cancelled – it was a low speed accident in the parking hall when a driver lost consciousness (possibly from a heart attack, but that is still unconfirmed).
It was nothing to do with the track itself, which was entirely incident-free. Combined with the long path back from the track, drivers got a 5-6 mile road test on clear roads, which is something you will struggle to get at your local dealer. The public loved it, the manufacturers loved it – let's hope it becomes a regular feature of the motoring calendar.
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