Was very lucky yesterday to get my first run up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In a Nissan GT-R V Spec.

What an experience, more for the atmosphere of the place, and the enthusiasm of the crowd than the actual drive, which lasts just seconds. After your run, you park up at the top and wait for the session to finish, before returning down the hill in whatever order you happen to leave.

And although I followed a 370Z up the hill, on the way back down I was sandwiched between a Zonda R and Camparo T1. It felt a bit like the supercar elite had sent the heavies round to have a quiet word with this pesky upstart from Japan.

I half expected them to shuffle the GT-R off into the woods to explain the way the way of the world. “Look here Nissan. This is our turf and you’re not following the rules. Your price is missing a zero, and what’s sort of name is GT-R. Way too easy to pronounce.”  But that’s just my overactive imagination.

Still what a privilege to follow the Zonda down, especially when it kept doing standing starts.  And when it did one under the bridge, the noise was unbelievable.

Read Autocar's Goodwood Festival of Speed report

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