Some time ago we opined that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was becoming the de facto British motor show.

Now we can safely say it has become the British motor show. This year there’s a Mercedes-Benz launch, a Jaguar concept car and a new Range Rover Sport, plus debuts from Ford, McLaren and a number of others, all of which you can read about on in the coming days.

We’d salivate over that lot if they were the stars of any show, so you have to conclude that that is exactly what Goodwood has become. The fact that it’s also a celebration of motorsport only adds to the appeal. Goodwood attracts top car launches and top car people, so case dismissed.

Granted, being held over a long weekend in West Sussex, it isn’t quite as accessible as, say, the Paris or Detroit shows. Traffic jams, limited accommodation and ticket prices are also potential issues.

Nevertheless, Goodwood is the envy of the motoring world, and that’s something we haven’t said about a British show for decades.