Goodwood Festival of Speed Tips

I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Festival of Speed at Goodwood. I thought I would share my advice having been there.

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Before you go

The event is on for four days, Thursday to Sunday. The weekend tickets are more expensive and it’s obviously far busier on those days, so bear that in mind. You need to book tickets in advance, you can’t buy them on the day either.

Check the weather forecast. We had a few showers, which we timed well by being in the woods around the rally stage for, but there aren’t too many places to hide from the elements, so if it’s going to be sunny, lots of sun cream, loose clothes, hats and water. If it’s going to rain, don’t scrimp on the wet-weather gear.

Equally, don’t forget you’re going to be lugging whatever you take around all day. You can return to your car, but depending on where you park, that is a long trek, so somewhat impractical.

Wear comfortable shoes, because you are going to be doing a lot of walking. The hill climb itself is only 1.16 miles, but the track extends well past it, plus you’ll be criss-crossing back and forth and trying to get around the various paddocks. This is another reason to travel light.

You may also want to peruse the attractions and decide what you want to see, because you may not get to all of it. Also check the itinerary for when everything is on, no point going up to the rally track during the lunch break. Continue reading


Why Don’t Car Manufacturers Offer Upgrades?

When a manufacturer sells a car, that’s it, their entire income. Many of the forecourts where you actually buy them have a garage attached, willing to offer you servicing in order to continue making money from you, but little of that (if any) makes it back to the actual car company.

The average car has a lifespan of ten years. Most people don’t keep them for the entire ten years, they’ll likely have a few owners through that period. Still, it’s a long time not to be making any money from a product.

During the recent recession, new cars sales dried up and threatened to put many car manufacturers out of business (it did to some), while car owners preferred to hang on to their existing models a bit longer. Where work on repairs may have been enough for someone to consider a new vehicle, it was being done instead.

I happened to be reading an article about new car technology (as CES is on) and thought how it would be many years before it made it to me, even if it goes into this year’s models. Which made me wonder why car manufacturers don’t offer upgrades.

I’m not saying it would be easy, but if they started at the design stage they could build the capability in. The option to swap out components on the dashboard to give you new technology, for example. I use an aftermarket Bluetooth unit for hands-free in my car, but it would be better to have it built-in (at a reasonable cost).
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