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Speeding Tickets

Howard and I went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed yesterday, since he had free tickets and neither of us had been before. We met in Midhurst, fortified ourselves with coffee and a sandwich, then set off to filter past a couple of miles of queue, arriving in the bike park shortly before midday.

Goodwood sculpture

Our first stop was the aviation area, where we quickly realised we were not the target market for propeller restoration services or a Honda bizjet (put your name down now for delivery 2017, a snip at £5 million).

We moved on to the car manufacturers, who were all keen to show us a good time. My favourite was Ford, who had brought a giant slide:

Ride the Road

closely followed by Infiniti, who were serving a selection of red mixed fruit drinks to promote their Eau Rouge model.

During a wander around the trade stands, Howard bought a new sat-nav and I bought a two-foot wooden meerkat, so at least one of us might be a sucker. Finally, we thought we'd better have a look at some cars.

Old cars! New cars! Shiny cars! Scruffy cars! CARS. (I don't know a lot about cars.) There were bikes, too, and a beautiful reproduction of a Mercedes transporter from the 1950s, when it was used to whisk the Silver Arrows across Europe.

My favourite car, though, was this one:

Wacky Races


Looks like a great time was had by all. I love the photos!

Thanks! I'm not sure I'd have paid for a ticket, but as a free day out it was buckets of fun.

Hehe, one of the side effects of having small children is getting to go on giant slides on a fairly regular basis.
A definite advantage - I've always fancied a go in one of those ball pits...
and I bought a two-foot wooden meerkat

Really, at a Festival of Speed, I'd've expected hares. ^_^

Interesting cover for the slides! I suppose that ensures you don't get some sheet slipping away from underneath them. Still, I'd've designed them more like Star Wars sleeping bags, I think.

That does look like a fun day, especially for free.
The slidey things (I thought they looked like giant slippers) were weird; I can't imagine any harm coming to people who just slid down on their bottoms, frankly.