Let me start by saying I don't own a supercar. The Drivers Union are a lovely, friendly bunch though and the chairman's son just happens to think my Beetle 'Pedro the Baja bug' is a million times cooler than his dad's Ferrari, so Pedro has been pronounced an honorary supercar and me a club member. Since Pedro is away having a revamp I planned to join them in my friend Gem's Exige. As I waited for her at the entrance I met the Nissan Sportz Club who invited me to park my 350z roadster on their stand, but more about that in my previous posts.
The Drivers Union area was fenced off once all the cars were parked up. Some people have mixed feeling about this. While it's great to let members of the public get up close to the cars, they do cost a lot of money. Sure for some people they are toys that are easily repaired if damaged but others pour their life savings into buying the car of their dreams and the potential damage to their pride and joy can be enough to put them off public events. The problem here is not generally with car enthusiasts like you and I but with the non-petrolheads who don't understand how much our cars mean to us. You don't tend to see it so much at pure car events like Goodwood but at more general events where there are other attractions then look out for the sticky fingered children, the guys with studs on their jeans pockets who casually lean against your car for a photo - marking the paint in the process! Not to mention the wannabe models who think it's OK to lay across the bonnet of a car for a picture. I've seen all those things and worse, so sadly the fences are necessary at public shows.
The VIP area with refreshments laid on was a nice surprise, as were our VIP passes for access to the Castle. It was a great day out with so much going on that it felt like it was over in the blink of an eye! The castle is incredibly well preserved, regularly hosts events and even has hotel rooms available. There's a fun hedge maze, kids kingdom complete with death slide and a bird of prey display. There were also stunt displays on the road and on the water around the castle, laid on specially for Motors by the Moat.
To round the day off the fences came down and the Drivers Union supercars made an exit along the display road, complete with crowd pleasing revs.