Proud AA presence at Britain’s
biggest motoring garden party
The crowds were out in full force last weekend – at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in West Sussex.
Visitors enjoyed an action-packed adventure in the summer sun – mingling with the motorsport elite, and marvelling at some serious two- and four-wheel action on the legendary Goodwood hill climb.
This year’s event – held from 26 to 29 June – saw the AA flying the flag as a main partner. As well as presenting the stunning Moving Motor Show, the AA hosted a display of heritage vehicles, took part in the hill climb, and helped to fix more than 30 vehicles.
Over the course of the weekend at Goodwood, the AA:
The AA stand hosted a display of AA vehicles – including 14 heritage vans and motorbikes, and the AA's special summer hippy van.
Gamers were able to attempt the Goodwood hill climb on specially adapted Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation consoles – while younger visitors tried their luck guessing the number of Lego bricks used to build a model AA SORT van (in case you were wondering, the answer is 3,868).
Derek Bell receiving his lifetime honorary AA membership
The AA celebrated renowned British racing driver Derek Bell’s 50 years in motorsport, with a special presentation at the AA stand.
Derek – who won Le Mans five times, the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice, as well as competing in Formula 1 – was awarded lifetime honorary AA membership by AA Chief Executive Chris Jansen, and Goodwood’s Lord March.
This year saw several AA patrols attempt the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb – sharing the track with some of the fastest, finest and most iconic vehicles in history.
Current F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa also hit the hill climb – along with former F1 stars John Surtees, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill.
Four top AA Rosette-awarded chefs showed off their culinary prowess at a series of cookery demonstrations over the weekend.
Daniel Galmiche, Mark Jordan, Adam Handling and Andrew McLeish wowed the crowds at the AA stand with their flair, skill and enthusiasm.
Sunday saw AA Driving School offer free 30-minute driving experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds on the Goodwood circuit.
This exciting opportunity gave youngsters the chance to follow in the tyre tracks of more than 60 years’ worth of motorsport heroes – as well as an invaluable grounding in road safety and awareness.
This year's Moving Motor Show – proudly presented by the AA – showcased the latest models from many of the world's top manufacturers, in a stunning hands-on display.
Hot hatches and super-saloons shared the space with supercars and lightweight sports cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ariel and Elemental.
(2 July 2014)