Breakfast Club’s impressive birthday spread

| 7 Nov 2011

Goodwood celebrated five years of Breakfast Club meetings on 6 November with everything from a Ferrari 250GT SWB, a 1950s Lotus Elite and a Vauxhall 30/98 to an Audi quattro and a couple of Mercedes-Benz Unimogs.Other stand outs included a Ferrari Daytona and Lancia Stratos which, along with the SWB and Quattro, were part of a special birthday wish-list as voted by Breakfast Club fans.The variety was boosted by the meeting’s all-wheel-drive theme that attracted a Jensen FF, a couple of Lancia Integrales and a Ford Sierra Cosworth – along with a raft of more traditional four-wheel drives including several Land-Rovers and a Willys MB (below), driven from Portsmouth by Simon Fielder and Dave Peters.

“I’ve had it for the past 12 years and it has made loads of trips to France for Normandy celebrations, which is a long way in a car that handles like a building with an engine in it,” said Fielder.Other highlights included a Fiat Topolino and an early Ford Mustang, along with Douglas Sharp’s 1924 Vauxhall (below), a car he spent 40 years chasing after failing to secure it at auction.

“I tracked down the owner in the US and spent the next four decades trying to buy it until the owner relented four years ago,” explained Sharp. “It’s never been pulled apart, which is unusual for a 30/98, but the body parts are stamped 1924 on one side and 1925 on the other, so it must have been assembled over Christmas.”

The star attraction for the theme, however, was the highly original 2.2-litre diesel-engined 1970 Unimog 421 (above) that owner Mike Ditton-Overland drove down from Esher at a modest pace: “It has six speeds but cruises at 60kph and will only do 65 if you go flat out.”

Addtional highlights from the meeting follow below. Double click on the lead image to launch a slideshow.

Lord March brought his hot rod along

And his wasn't the only one there!

Jensen FF

Great turnout of Land-Rovers

Piper was a rare treat

Ferrari Daytona a Lancia Stratos

Maserati Merak and new McLaren

There were even classics to keep kids happy!