The British motor show may well be dead – but all is not lost. How many of us will really miss traipsing round an enormous, hot exhibition hall in the height of summer, when every exciting new car being launched this year will be on show at the big addition to the Goodwood Festival of Speed?
The Goodwood Moving Motor Show is on tomorrow, the day before the FoS. Coughing up £20 gets you a ticket to the event, and as part of it you’ll be able to watch the cars you’d normally only see on static display roaring up Lord March’s famous driveway.
Everything from the new Peugeot RCZ to the Mercedes SLS, via the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta, will be there. And if you turn up early, and are a genuinely interested buyer, you may even be able to book an opportunity of your own to drive up the hill. It’s a motor show on wheels, and to these ears at least, it sounds like a rather good idea.
Not just a pretty face, Ferrari’s new mid-engined V8 sports car has one of the coolest names, and is arguably THE car that McLaren wants to beat with its new MP4-12C (which will also be at the festival, though not at the Moving Motorshow itself). It’ll be worth going to the FoS just to hear the 458 at full chat.
2. Honda Civic Mugen Type R
The world’s maddest and most expensive hot hatch is a once in a lifetime kind of driving experience, and if you get the chance, you should take it. Revving this car to its 8900rpm red line is almost as hilarious as it is throwing it at a corner. Either way, even just a passenger ride would be too good to miss.