When Chevrolet turned up at the gates of Goodwood House with the first 2014 Corvette Stingray to land in the UK, we knew there’d be a ruckus.
Why? Because a pair of the finest front-engined, rear-drive sports machines that England can muster were also lurking in the wings; Aston Martin’s thrilling Vantage V12 S, and Jaguar’s awesomely potent F-Type V8S.
With national honour at stake, we needed an independent adjudicator. Enter racing driver, gentleman, and former Festival of Speed ‘King of the Hill’ Anthony Reid — not only a natural born Scot, but a man who knows the ribbon of tarmac that threads up our quintessentially English hillclimb as well as anyone.
So in spite of the wet weather, we gave Anthony a few runs up the hill in all three cars — and to keep him honest we made sure all the electronic driver aids were switched to ‘off’. Go as fast as you feel comfortable, we said, and then we took the elapsed times off the on-board camera footage; more for fun than science.
So without further ado (and no more spoilers), sit back and enjoy three hugely powerful rear-wheel-drive cars being driven up the hill by a former Festival of Speed champion.
We’d also like to take a moment to celebrate the unflinching nature of the Goodwood sheep. English to the core, of course!