One of the many international motoring correspondents covering the new-car launches at Goodwood today, Australian writer Paul Gover was waiting his turn to drive an Aston Martin in the Moving Motor Show when GRR caught up with him.
“Driving up the Goodwood hill is number one on my bucket list and has been since I first came to FoS in 1994, its second year. I have been a few times since then but never had the chance to drive. It is something I have always craved.”
Paul, who races cars as well as writes about them for the Murdoch newspaper empire down under, was about to head out in a Rapide, one of a variety of models that Aston provided for people to drive. There was even the new DB11 on static display for fans to crawl over, ahead of its dynamic debut with Aston boss Andy Palmer behind the wheel on the Friday.
Paul tells us: “I went to the Rapide’s launch and like it very much so this is a great opportunity to reacquaint myself with it, especially since a friend is thinking of buying one and I said I would give him a refresher.”
But wouldn’t he like to be able to cut loose on the hill? “Not this year. I would rather just take my time and find out where the road goes. The thing about the hillclimb is, it looks simple which means it’s going to be hard. And I don’t want to be the one going into the haybales at Molecomb.
“But then I want to come back next year…and drive something fast!”
And what does the Oz motoring press make of FoS? “You don’t get this level of car craziness anywhere else in the world. It’s wonderful.”
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