* UPDATE *
We want to thank everyone for coming to see us at the Festival of Speed this weekend. We had a fantastic show, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing customers again at a show. It was lovely to feel we are heading back to some sort of normality again. There are some images of the show here, and we can't wait for the next one!
We are next at The Classic, Silverstone, which starts 30th July. Come and see us on stand 108 in the traders area if you are there.
This week and weekend we are at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is so exciting, as it is the first major event this year. Current restrictions have been in place for some time, which has sadly put a stop to many outdoor events, including many car shows we had planned on attending.
After some uncertainty of whether Goodwood FOS would go ahead, we were delighted to hear that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was to go ahead as a government pilot programme. This has allowed exhibitors and visitors to attend the event, providing they are double vaccinated or show proof of testing.
We have been attending Goodwood Festival of Speed right from the very beginning, and we love being here at this event. It is one of the largest and one of the most coveted shows in the calendar, with up to 200,000 visitors some years. Goodwood has had a long reputation for being one of the world’s most important locations for motor racing. The Festival of Speed in particular joins all elements of racing; with classics, race, modern and prototype cars all being taken for a run up the hill.
Each year, Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates a car manufacturer or significant person in the motor racing industry. This year the Festival of Speed celebrates all things Lotus, and they have a long-intertwined history together. Lotus was founded in the 1940s, and today they started life as a very small team of engineers in North London. During the 50s and 60s, Lotus had great success racing at Goodwood, and the Lotus 25 still holds the joint lap record at Goodwood. Fast forward to today, and Lotus is based at their infamous Hethel HQ, with approximately 1500 employees. Lotus are well known for being extremely lightweight and are designed for the driving experience. One of the most famous Lotus cars to date is the iconic Esprit which starred in the Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.’
We are extremely proud to work directly with Lotus, and this year for them has been a big year with the launch of their new Lotus Emira. This has been a car they have spent years developing, which was launched this week at their Hethel HQ. The new Emira is set to be their last internal combustion engine car, as everything moved towards fully electric. The new Emira is on display at Goodwood FOS, and Lotus have achieved a car which is not just breathtakingly beautiful, but for the first time ever extremely well equipped and beautifully appointed inside. The car starts at just under £60,000, making it extremely well priced against its competitors. If you are at the show this weekend, make sure you go and see their new ‘junior supercar.’
This year we are in our usual spot on stand 275. We have car covers on display, and the team would love to see you. We have some covers in stock at the show and of course will be running a show discount. This year Adrian, Sam, Stacey and Bobby are happy to help with any car cover needs you may have.