One of the special Mugen Type R Civics collided with two Jaguars in the pavilion after the driver blacked out shortly after taking off. The accident did injure four bystanders. Although no one was seriously injured in the incident, the show closed temporarily at 12:40pm. It didn't take long for the police to complete their report however, and for the event organisers to clear up the damage. The show reopened at 3pm.
Other than this interruption, the event was said to be a complete success. McLaren finally unveiled their highly-anticipated MP4-12C in true production form. The car won't be seen out on the track until tomorrow though, when Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton showoff the car's abilities up the famous hill climb circuit.
Goodwood PR spokesman Gary Axon said in an interview with Autocar, “We’ve had a very positive reaction to the idea of a Festival preview day from both manufacturers and the public alike.”
“We sold more than 15,000 £20 tickets for the day to members of the public, on top of the 11,000 invitational tickets that manufacturers have given out, and were pleased to see people queuing to get into the show at 7am this morning.
“Many of the visitors who’ve come are treating the day simply as an extension of the regular festival: as a chance to look around the attractions while it’s quieter than it will be for the rest of the weekend, and for less than the regular admission price.
“But it’s also heartening to see that some of the manufacturers are entering into the spirit of the weekend and are making drive opportunities available on the day itself. Next year, we’ll certainly work towards making more slots available that way.”
We'll keep you updated with all the Goodwood Festival of Speed news over the next few days.