Revving Up Success at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

The roar of engines was only matched by the sunshine at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed (29th June - 2nd July).  The CAI and SMITHS Instruments stand was busy throughout the 4-day event and the technical team were on hand to help and talk gauges with motoring and motorcycle enthusiasts.

"This year was our busiest so far," said Gavin Roberts, the CAI Managing Director who manned the stand for the full 4-days alongside Neil Meakin.  "Good weather always helps and this year the crowds seemed bigger than ever."

At Goodwood, CAI launched the new SMITHS speedometer for the classic E-Type Jaguar.

"There was a great deal of interest in the new [E-Type Jaguar] speedometer.  Visitors were able to hold and really examine the quality of the gauge.  They could see how the design complements the classic style of the Jag.  For all our gauges, whether it is for a Jaguar or Aston Martin or Mini, we want the look and style of the gauge to reflect the car's history."

SMITHS Instruments has a strong history dating back to when King Edward VII purchased a speedometer for his Mercedes-Simplex in 1904.  At the Goodwood Festival of Speed it was possible to see classic cars featuring gauges designed and manufactured by SMITHS and CAI across the show ground.  One of the oldest was a classic SMITHS 8-day clock in a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 'Roi des Belges'.  

Other cars featuring SMITHS gauges included:

At the show, the National Motorcycle Museum had three classic motorcycles on display, all of which had SMITHS gauges on the handlebars and included:

  • 1960 BSA Gold Star 499cc DBD 34;
  • 1961 Triumph Bonneville TR120R;
  • 1951 650cc Triumph 6T;

"It has been a fantastic 4 days and we want to thank everyone who took the time to visit our stand.  As in previous years, we also spoke with visitors about gauges for boats and other marine applications. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is perfect for meeting motoring enthusiasts from all over the world, from Chile to Australia to Milton Keynes!  We thank everyone for their interest at the show and, with their continued support and feedback, look forward to continue developing and expanding our range of classic gauges."

For further information on gauges for classic cars and motorcycles, or to discuss a specific issue, please contact us via:

Phone:  +44 1639 732200

Email:  [email protected]

Via our website

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