Before that he had to meet the bikes he would be riding at FOS, and Triumph invited GRR down to the top secret test ground to be there for the first fire-up and ride. It's safe to say from the look on 'Foggy's face that he enjoyed every minute of the day.
You can see the results of that day by clicking here, where you will find some awesome footage of his prep aboard a 1970s Triumph Trident and the modern day Speed Triple R. But as he was jumping onto 'Slippery Sam' and its cousins our crack photographer Tom Shaxson was on hand to capture his reactions. Which you can see in the gallery above.
The theme for the 2017 Festival of Speed has been announced! You can find out more here.
Photography by Tom Shaxson.