I'll be honest - this wasn't a proper, pedal-to-the-metal attack on the Goodwood hillclimb route. That's mainly because it occurred during the Moving Motor Show, the road-car-focused opening day of the Festival of Speed.
The Moving Motor Show is about letting potential customers drive production cars. For this reason, a 60mph speed limit is in place along the hill route, and the course includes an extra haybale chicane that will be removed before the professional drivers do their timed runs tomorrow. The restriction is frustrating in a normal road car, and it takes even more concentration to adhere to it in a 228bhp Mini John Cooper Works.
I've been itching to drive this hottest of hot Minis since it was unveiled at the Detroit motor show back in January. Okay, so 236lb ft of torque, a 153mph top speed and a 6.1sec 0-62mph time aren't going to worry the likes of the Honda Civic Type R or Volkswagen Golf R, but at £24,380 in six-speed automatic form, the JCW is the cheapest option of the three.
The JCW has another string to its bow, too. In my opinion, it sounds by far the best of the three. JCW models come with a small keyfob that disengages the catalytic converter from the exhaust, making the engine's noise louder and ensuring plenty of pop and fizz elsewhere.