The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is a motorsport-based event, located about 50 minutes south of Liverpool, which was launched in 2008.

I'd never been so, when Infiniti asked if I would come along and do demonstration runs in the FX Vettel Edition, the answer was a steadfast "yes."

Besides being able to help Infiniti out, it also meant I'd have the chance to take in the full extent of the show. I wasn't sure what to expect but I'd heard it being affably called "The Goodwood of the North", which I took to be a very positive compliment.

I was also told that, without fail, it typically experienced very inclement weather every time it took place. Still, that did nothing to put me off - nor did it stop me forgetting my umbrella and wellingtons.

What most intrigued me about the event, besides the opportunity to take part in the hill climb, was whether it had that same private garden party feel that Goodwood seems to have lost a little in more recent years.

Don't get me wrong, the Festival of Speed is an amazing event and one that's well worth visiting. I, however, have fond memories of attending it for the first time in 2006 and finding it relaxed, not too busy and full of fascinating cars and interesting people.