Goodwood and - Sushi?


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    The Goodwood brand continues to expand with the addition of themed breakfast meetings throughout the year. | April 08, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The Goodwood brand continues to expand with themed breakfast meetings, including "Sushi Sunday."
  • Japanese cars enjoy a huge cult following in the United Kingdom, with Sunday's event featuring a Lexus LFA and a rare 1965 Toyota Corona sedan.
  • Disappointingly for purists and devotees of Japanese food, sushi was not offered in the Goodwood paddock on Sunday.

GOODWOOD, England — The Goodwood brand continues to expand with themed breakfast meetings, including "Sushi Sunday." For British fans of fast and interesting Japanese cars, all roads led to Goodwood this past weekend.

Goodwood is a classy venue, best known for the Festival of Speed and Revival meetings, yet on "Sushi Sunday" it's open house for anyone who can get up early and make it here — preferably with a cool Japanese car or bike.

Goodwood has begun to hold a number of these breakfast meetings throughout the year. This time around, an impressive array of Toyotas, Nissans, Mitsubishis, Mazdas, Subarus, Honda and more filled Goodwood's main straight and paddock, many cars dating from the 1990s and 2000s.

Clearly, the U.K. has a big hard-core fan base for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, while the following for the Subaru Impreza WRX STI is no less passionate. The U.K. is unique in having developed and sold its own bespoke versions of the Evo and STI, often with outrageous horsepower.

Toyota GB brought along its prized LFA (one of only four in the U.K.) which drew big crowds all day, fascinated not least by its $275,587 price. Up the pit lane, a rare and pristine 1965 Toyota Corona sedan also had many admirers.

Disappointingly for purists and devotees of Japanese food, sushi was not offered in the Goodwood paddock. But good old-fashioned burgers, bacon rolls and coffee were freely available.

Compared to Goodwood's A-list Festival of Speed and Revival meetings, "Sushi Sunday" was far more down-to-earth and low key yet still hit the mark for car and bike fans for being just that — a fun event in its own way.

Edmunds says: Next time, though, somebody please bring the sushi machine so we can have some real Japanese food.

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