A fourth day at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and a closer-than-ever link between the world’s greatest car festival and our own Autocar magazine, the world’s most venerable and authoritative car publication!

This is the mouth-watering prospect that will confront visitors to Goodwood’s first motoring event of 2010 in July.

See all the pictures from today's action at GoodwoodGoodwood motor show confirmed

At today’s press preview, Goodwood chief Lord Charles March announced the famous Sussex car festival will begin on Thursday, instead of its traditional Friday slot. This is so it can include an exciting road-car preview to be called the Moving Motor Show.

It’s an idea we’ve been supporting since the British Motor Show went down for the last time; Mr Editor Hallett laid it out in an editorial straight after last year’s Festival, something Lord M recognised in his launch speech to hacks on the lawns of Goodwood House this morning.

The idea of the MMS is that Thursday visitors to Goodwood will be able to view, compare, sit in, observe in motion — and possibly drive — the new cars they’re thinking of buying.