No big offs to report so far on Friday morning at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The crowds built early, as usual, and by 8.45am Lord March's haybail-lined driveway was chock-a-block with excited spectators.

And they've certainly been well entertained. The Supercar Run kicked off proceedings, highlights of which were the six-wheeled Covini C6W and the British-made all-electric Lightning GT. Great to see one moving at last.

You don't get to watch hundred-year-old grand prix cars being driven in anger very often, but we have this morning. Fiat's 1911 S74 was an incredible one to see - a car with a 14-litre four-cylinder engine and a cylinder stroke so long that the driver can hardly see over the high-rise bonnet.

Best-to-watch driver plaudits go to Nick Mason, who wrestled determinedly with the wheel of his mid-engined supercharged 1936 Auto Union Type C in massive quarter-turn bites; Kris Meeke, who showed the Group B rally legends a thing or two, managing two donuts and several smokey slides in his Mini Countryman WRC car; and stunt specialist Terry Grant, who's spending the weekend driving up the entire 1.1-mile length of the hillclimb on two wheels in a Nissan Juke.

Let's hope he avoids brushes with disaster like the one he had at Molecomb this morning, when his Nissan nearly ended up shiny-side-down.

Next comes Lewis Hamilton's 2008 McLaren F1 car, but I think I'm actually more exciting about seeing Nigel Mansell's 1992 Williams FW14B. Or it might be for another look at the gas turbine powered superbike than ran this morning. As ever, the mix of machinery at the FOS is as diverse as it is fascinating.

Where else would a self-respecting car nut be this weekend?