Organiser of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lord March, has confirmed this year’s inaugural dedicated manufacturer preview day, the Moving Motor Show, will return in 2011.
In a statement, the organiser said the “inaugural event met with a positive response from the vehicle manufacturers and visiting public alike” and that the festival was the “largest ever” in terms of visitor numbers with more than 176,000 visitors over the four days.
“Many manufacturers reported taking orders for new cars during the Moving Motor Show, including a number of £100,000 plus supercars, and many have already expressed their intention to return for the 2011 event,” the statement continued.
Automotive industry sources say the exhibition might be a possible replacement for the motor shows at Earls Court and the National Exhibition Centre. This was until a minor incident where a driver of a Mugen Civic Type R crashed into and fell out of the pavilion’s structure. The event was suspended for two and half hours.
“An incident occurred in the exhibition hall at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show when a driver of a slow moving car blacked out, lost control of his vehicle and injured four people,” said a Goodwood spokesperson. “None of the four people involved have sustained any major injuries and have not been hospitalised. They have been treated on-site as a precaution.”
Exhibitors included Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Jaguar, BMW, Abarth, Morgan, Volvo, Mazda, Rolls-Royce, Ford, Nissan and Alpina.
The new car launches were tested on a special evaluation route and visitors had access to feel what it is like behind the driver’s wheel at standstill.