Goodwood’s ever-popular Breakfast Club season kicked off with an impressive and hugely diverse turnout at the Sussex circuit yesterday.
With the straight packed out with everything from a pair of Facel Vegas, a Daimler Ferret Scout Car and a Ford Model T – not to mention two Gordon-Keebles and an outstanding Ford Transit – there was plenty to reward classic petrolheads.
Heading the line-up (which stretched the length of the straight) was the Ford Transit (a homage to late motorcycle hero Joey Dunlop’s Mk1 support van) and the 1952 Rolls-Royce-powered Ferret. The sole Ford Model T to attend (a Canadian-built, New-Zealand-delivered 1926 model in unrestored condition) led a huge Ford turnout, which included three generations of Mustangs, a Chrysler Hemi-powered 1929 Ford Model A and Chris Southerington’s Ford Pinto-powered 1954 Ford Popular.
But the star attraction on the V8 front had to be the Gordon-Keebles (two of the original 99 built), which included James Martin’s nicely patinated 1964 example. “It’s the 76th one built and was off the road for 14 years", said Horsham-based Martin who’s only had it a year. “It had been converted to automatic but I’ve installed the correct T4 manual ‘box.”
Other impressive Blue Oval variants included David Taylor’s 45,000-miles-from-new Winchester Blue 1954 Zephyr Six. “It was in the same family until 2007 and was off the road from 1971,” explained Taylor. The previous owner’s grandfather used to uncover and air the car every day and when I got it the machine was still fitted with the original factory Avon tyres.”
Also impressive – particularly in its Smoke-over-Sage Green livery - was Peter Houghton’s 151,689-miles-from new, but totally original 1963 Singer Vogue, which he’s owned for the past 29 years after buying it from its first owner.
Pre-war attendees included a couple of WO Bentleys, a Vauxhall 30-98 and Simon Lewry’s impressively original (thanks to it being in a museum from 1969 until 2002) 1922 Citroën B2 Open Tourer. Also commanding attention was Chris Haines’ 1942 Willys Jeep MB. “I built it up from a pile of bits and decided to replicate the Navy-livery it would’ve had in the war,” explained Haines, who already has a couple of others in his Chichester garage. “I have one in Army colours and one in Airforce livery so thought I’d complete the set.”
Fans of air-cooled machinery fielded several Volkswagen Beetles, a split-window van and a 1960 Brighton-assembled BMW Isetta – along with a couple of early Porsche 356s while the Boxhill Mini Club turned up en masse with several generations of cars.
The next Goodwood Breakfast Club is on April 7. Scroll below for more pics from the event.