Fine turnout at Goodwood Breakfast

| 8 Aug 2011

Yesterday’s Goodwood Breakfast Club featured a strong and eclectic turnout of classics thanks to unexpectedly dry weather and added enthusiasm following the absence of the July fixture over the Festival of Speed weekend.

The straight and paddocks of the Chichester circuit were packed out on Sunday 7 August with everything from a 1914 Rover veteran tourer and 1939 Frazer Nash BMW to a Toyota Corona, a 19ft 1958 Buick and a late ‘40s London taxi - all in keeping with the meeting's wide, Revival precursor, 'Pre-1966' theme.

Other standouts included a former F1 paddock transporter - Peter Jerram’s 1978 Fiat 900L S - a fantastically patinated competition-prepared MG Magnette and a two-tone 1959 Vauxhall Velox (below) with owner Kerry Robertson getting into the spirit of the event by donning pre-1966 Revival gear.

“It was sold new to South Africa where they were badged as a Velox but with Cresta trim,” explained Robertson who drove from nearby Petworth.

Other locals included Goodwood boss, Lord March, in his grandfathers AC 16/80 and Chichester’s Mike Prangnell, behind the wheel of his 1960 Sebring replica (below), which he recently built up using a Frogeye he’d enjoyed for the last nine years.

“I’d already uprated it mechanically to Sebring specification and had always dreamed of owning but since they only made six I realised I’d have to make my own,” explained Prangnell. 

Predictably French classics added to the colourful mix with standouts including Tony Nappin’s gorgeous, ex-Nigerian Renault Floride S (a former C&SC feature car - below), a Renault 4CV and a Citroën Traction Avant. 

The British line-up included a strong turnout of Aston-Martins, Jaguar XKs and Austin-Healeys and a couple of pre-war Alvis's: Cranleigh-based Nick Graham-Rack's 1936 Speed 25 and Brian Howard's 1937 Crested Eagle, one of 23 bodied by Charlesworth.

There was a healthy display of micro cars too, from a BMW Isetta 300 to a Subaru 360 and several Fiat 500s, along with a variety of VW Beetles including an Anthracite Grey 1961 1100 which owners Martin Jewell and Sara Hollanby drove over from Southampton.

Also local was Dave Bicknell’s 1934 Lagonda Rapier: “It’s one of two bodied by Corinthian and is believed to have been raced in the Mille Miglia,” said Bicknell. “The engine capacity was reduced from 1500 to 1100cc for the class.”

American car enthusiasts weren’t left wanting either with trans-Atlantic highlights including a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline, a 1963 Ford Fairlane and Geoff Cook’s magnificent 1958 Buick Limited Series (below).

“It was developed to celebrate GM’s 50th anniversary and to take on Cadillac,” explained Cook. “It’s 15.5in longer than a regular sedan and had lots of luxury fittings including air-conditioning, electrically adjustable seats and a foot operated self-seeking radio.”

Also drawing the crowds was a Model A hotrod, a race-prepared AC 428 (badged as a 427) and a Ferrari 365GT while the trans-world rally stickers on a Mercedes-Benz 300SE Convertible and VW Beetle ‘Baja Bug’ fascinated other classic owners.

A selection of photos of other event highlights follows. Double click on the lead photograph at the top to launch a slideshow of all the images.


Paddocks featured plenty of popular British classics.

1939 Lagonda Rapier is believed to have Mille Miglia history.

1948 Nuffiled London taxi added to the diversity on the straight.

As did 1914 Rover tourer.

Nick Graham-Rack brought his magnificent Cross & Eliis-bodied 1936 Alvis Speed 25.

Lovely period-coloured Chevrolet Corvette C1.

Lotus Elite looking good in BRG.

1948 Chevrolet Fleetline and '63 Ford Fairlane highlights or the Yankee iron on display.

As was this Ford Model A Hotrod.

Martin Jewell & Sara Hollanby brought their '61 Beetle.

1939 Frazer-Nash-BMW Type 321 a star of the displays on the track.

As was this gorgeous Ford Zodiac estate.

C&SC August's Your Classics star was there too; Ian Hancock's Mercedes-Benz 230SL.

Lamborghini Miura took part in track parade - held in aid of charity.

As diid trans-world rally Mercedes-BEnz 300SE.

VW Beetle 'Baja Bug' has also been driven from London to Australia.

Subaru 360 was one of the rarer microcar highlights.

Fantastically patinated and competition-prepared MG Magnette.

Immaculate Toyota Corona added to the breakfast's eclectic mix.

Authentic looking XKSS replica one of two lined up on the straight.

Fantastic Land Rover camper would be a star for this year's Revival Car Show.

Lord March popped down in his AC 16/80.

Couple of Superleggera beauties lent an exotic feel to the turnout.