Following on from part one of my Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 Diaries welcome to part two. I would recap the action so far but in all honesty we had only just stepped through the gates before being drawn into the Moving Motor Show (MMS) tent. After having spent a bit longer than we probably should have staring at some great looking cars in said tent we decided it was time to start exploring elsewhere. The queue to cross the track was growing and growing as more unbelievable cars zipped by but we were eventually allowed to cross to the other side.
Stepping down the bridge, and having already been blown away by the amount of cars we had just seen in the MMS tent, we were greeted by a plethora of constructions housing hundreds of cars. Our first port of call was the Mercedes-Benz tent that was full to the brim with amazing vehicles. Amongst them were the new S Class and further appearances by the AMG Coupe black series. However, what really stood out was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive placed upon its own podium, central to the whole display (pictured). The electric blue, 740 hp monster can hit 62 mph from standing in 3.9 seconds. It is powered by four contact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors and has come to be known as the stealth AMG.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 wasn’t all about the cars…
[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last]Although they do make up most of the event. Some sections stood out for reasons other than just the fantastic machines they had parked in them. Although each stand was extremely impressive what really caught your eye was the Ford area. A four story metal frame construction filled to the brim with cars (with some even hanging off the ceiling.) Not only were the cars fantastic but so was the entertainment. If you felt inclined you could climb to the top to get a bird’s eye view of the festival, but with it only being able to hold 18 people at a time and the queue growing every second we decided to try something a bit different. That something different was the ST fan cam which involved you standing with your face in front of an air jet and having your photo taken as the wind distorted your features. As you can see from the resultant photo I don’t do well under high winds.
Other stands at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 worth a mention included Jaguar which featured a car skeleton and an extremely impressive customisation screen. The screen utilised a tablet and an Xbox kinect system to create a fully interactive experience. Using the tablet you could pick your model and then from there customise everything from the paint colour to the steering wheel trim. All changes you chose were then applied to the 3D model that was shown on the huge screen in front of you. You could then rotate the car and change your viewing angle with a wave of your hand through the air. Think Minority Report: The Car Dealership Chronicles.
Nissan also pulled out all the stops and built an interactive running track outside their stand. Here people could race from a standing start against a Nissan GT-R that was being displayed on the giant screen next to them. The aim was for them to make it to the end of the 25-metre track before the car could lap the whole stand. Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell was also there to shout encouraging words at those who thought they had the metal to outrun Nissans famous supercar.
Green Screen Magic at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013
Skoda also impressed with their stand and allowed people to star in the new Skoda Octavia vRS advert:
Using two cameras, two car seats and some green screen trickery Tom and I were as good as transported into the new ad. By giving them my email address I was also emailed a link to the video on YouTube and encouraged to share it with all my friends, a very clever marketing ploy to sell a rather good looking car. Volvo also stood out for me due to the snow, ice sculpture and, most importantly, the free snow cones they were giving away on such an incredibly sunny Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013!
However, for sheer good fun Mer win the gold medal. Their stand featured a fully working Scalextric track where you could race for prizes! After making a £1 donation to charity you could try and set the best time possible in order to win some Scalextric and Mer products. Unfortunately neither I or Tom were particularly quick and left empty handed.
That’s it for part two of the Goodwood Diaries, swing by on Wednesday for the third and final section where we eat a cheeseburger in the company of world record breakers, watch some breathtakingly crazy motor cross stunts and go on a couple of laps around Heurest with Jenson Button (kind of).
Written by Ryan Hill