Lord March hosts circuit faithful on his front lawn

| 9 Aug 2011

Just over a month after Goodwood was overrun with 180,000+ visitors at the Festival of Speed, owner Lord March opened up Goodwood House for the Goodwood Road Racing Club’s Open Day.The 7 August event kicked off immediately after Goodwood’s Breakfast Club, which took place at the nearby race circuit.GRRC members were invited to offer their cars for display on Lord March’s front lawn and some 25 were selected, for the third running of the annual get-together for members of the circuit's exclusive club.

And the line-up featured a healthy mix of exotica and rarities – along with a great juxtaposition, such as a 1964/5 Mercury Park Lane parked up next to a rally-prepared 1959 Porsche 356A (fresh from the Peking to Paris) and Peter Jerran’s 1978 Fiat 900L, a former Ferrari F1 team paddock transporter (below), lined up next to a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Standouts included a magnificent 1914 Stanley 606 Steamer Roadster (below) – in which owner Mike Mutters’ does 2000 miles a year – and a 1955 Volkswagen-Beetle based Bugle buggy.

Also getting attention were a couple of estates including a former C&SC feature car: Roger Makhlouf’s 1974 Lotus Elan +2S ‘Shooting Brake’ (below) and marque specialist Warren Kennedy’s 1948 Healey Woodie Estate.

Other twin-cams included Andrew Wildblood’s Lotus-engined 1971 Ford Escort Twin-Cam and Alfa Romeo guru James Wheeler’s uprated  (150bhp!) 1969 Giulia Super Biscione, which featured in C&SC's Alfafest in December last year.Rarities included Charles Ferara’s 1938 Lancia Aprilia and Nicholas Bruning’s 1967 SAAB Sonett – which the Hampshire resident bought at auction last year.Pre-war fare included a 1938 Alvis 4.3 Drophead Coupe and a 1936 Invicta S-Type – along with Rigby Andrew’s 1939 Daimler ELS 24.Modern supercars – including a Ferrari 459 Italia and Alfa Romeo 8C – were also on display while the Best of Show (as voted by the members) went to John Corrie’s Ferrari 250 SWB.

A selection of photos of event highlights follows. Double click on the lead photo to launch a slide show of all the images.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Jaguar XK140 and S-type Invicta.

Plenty of variety on offer: Alvis Drophead, Ferrari 308 and Triumph TR.

Mercury Parklane represented the Stars and Stripes.

Saab Sonett and Lancia Aprilia were two of the rarer highlights.

Bugle was a 1970 conversion of a '55 VW Beetle.

Lotus Esprit and Invicta S-type.

Ferrari 250 SWB was voted Best of Show.