After weeks of planning, the MG Motor team saddled up and took a ride to Goodwood for the inaugural Moving Motorshow and the hugely anticipated 2010 Festival of Speed.
Following the successful debut of MG6 at the MG enthusiasts favourite, MG Live, the Moving Motorshow was to be the first showing of the car to the public at large. Travelling south with the Sales & Marketing team were not one but three pre-production MG6’s demonstrating each of the highly specified trim levels that the MG6 Fastback will be available in at launch. Not to be left out, Britain’s best value sports car, the MG TF, insisted that it was not staying in Birmingham on its own so, whole gang in tow, we arrived in West Sussex and set about making our mark on the impressive new Moving Motorshow venue.
As well as the lucky fifty test drivers, we were delighted to offer 100’s of fans the chance to join us for the day and the MG team enjoyed meeting and greeting our guests and introducing them to the MG6 up close.
On Thursday morning, a stroke of luck enabled Mr Ian Giles to become the first member of the public to drive the new MG6. He was delighted having managed to snare the first run up the famous hill after last minute work commitments deprived the scheduled driver of his opportunity. Mr Giles began the trend for the day, praising the MG6 and, despite our promptings, stating that there was nothing the he could truthfully say that he disliked about the car!
Nine hours and fifty hill runs later, the MG6, ably supported by the ever willing TF, had ensured that not just the drivers but many additional passengers went away buzzing with enthusiasm and positive comments about their MG experience at Goodwood.
After such a fantastic day, we wondered whether the rest of the festival could possibly measure up and luckily, the answer was a resounding YES. With tens of thousands of car fanatics pouring through the gates each day to sample the festival in glorious July sunshine, MG was able to show off both the MG6 and the MG TF to first timers and existing fans alike. The new MG6 proved a roaring success with an overwhelmingly positive reaction. The pre-production MG6 created a real sense of excitement prior to the full UK specification car being seen later in the year and people just can’t seem to wait to get behind the wheel at their local dealer at the first available opportunity.
At seven o’clock on Sunday, the Festival of Speed closed its doors for another year. The MG team leaves Goodwood in fantastic spirits, happy to have been able to show off the MG6 to our old friends and, thanks to the huge interest generated by the car, many new ones.
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