A weekend of motoring bliss at Goodwood
Well that's it - the petrolhead extravaganza known as Goodwood Festival of Speed is over - but what did you miss?
Since the demise of the official show in 2008 Goodwood and its Moving Motor Show prelude now act as the de facto British Motor Show with many manufacturers using the event to launch new models. The headline grabbing debut this year was the new Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, an estate version (sorry Mercedes-Benz, but that's what it is) of the ground-breaking four door coupé. The unveiling was quickly followed by a thinly disguised AMG version taking to the hillclimb.
The Moving Motor Show, staged on Thursday before the main festival, proved popular with punters primarily due to the 'Moving' aspect of the event that allowed some lucky punters to test drive cars that were making their right-hand drive debut (like the Ford Focus ST) along the hillclimb that would soon be ringing out with the noise of Group C race cars.
This year's Goodwood theme - 'Young guns - born to win' - celebrated the drivers, riders, designers and engineers who have shot to stardom in their chosen profession so it was somewhat ironic that the fastest driver up Lord March's driveway was Anthony Reid - it's a few years since the Chevron GT3 racer has been called a 'young gun'. Not to be outdone, the young stars of Formula One - like Lewis Hamilton - delighted fans with some tasty donuts at the bottom of the hill.
Proceedings were briefly halted when a Gumpert Apollo crashed heavily - not that you would have noticed by looking at it. If anything the aesthetically challenged supercar probably looked better post-crash than it did before...