My highlight of the Goodwood Festival of Speed so far: meeting Norman Dewis, the father of the E-type.
He was everything I had expected: knowledgeable, charismatic, passionate about cars and delightfully old school.
We spoke about the Jaguar F-type, a car he is clearly fond of. He told me about a recent drive in the new roadster for this very title. He was delivered a car at MIRA for a photo shoot, but was told to take it easy.
Naturally he didn’t, despite “knowing I was going to get a bollocking”. It was a sports car on a test track, after all...
It’s hard to think of a nonagenarian more keen on getting a car sideways. He said that during his time as a test driver, he preferred to set his cars up to oversteer. “A car that’s set up to understeer forces you to drive slower, but I like to steer a car on its throttle. It’s more fun with power oversteer,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.