So here we are again, and after a day spent perusing the wares of the World’s motor manufacturers at yesterday’s Moving Motor Show the Festival of Speed 2017 is now in full-swing.
Lengthy queues to get into the event – whilst a chore on the clutch foot – (you’re getting old, Ed) are a sign that it’s going to be another sell-out weekend and already the place is fair bustling with devotees of all things automotive.
Our intrepid team shall be out and about all weekend soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of – if you’ll permit us just the one oft-repeated cliche – a most unique event.
As I write this, a Metro 6R4 – possibly one of the more unlikely but incredibly successful rally cars of the 80s is just darting its way past the fearsome flint wall as it heads for the finish line at the top of the hill, whilst endurance racers old and new – some fresh from pounding the tarmac at Le Mans – are lining up, ready for their turn to do the same.
And as the howl of multi-cylindered exotics reverberates around the estate, in a fitting reminder that nothing ever stands still – especially motorsport – we’ll be treated to the sight later on – if not perhaps the sound – of the somewhat less frantic-sounding, yet equally-exciting Mahindra Formula E racer which is making its debut here at the Festival.
Piloted by a man who’s held the Hill record for 18 years & who plans to best it – former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld – this really would be a remarkable achievement and proof – if ever any were needed – that alternative power is very much today’s technology.
Stay tuned – we’re here all weekend..