I was lucky enough to take my father to the re opening of the Goodwood circuit in 1998…. and keen enough to get us there at 8am, at the moment Ray Hanna flew his spitfire along the start finish straight, at the same level as the grandstand seats, as a show opener.
14 years later, even without the sound of the merlin engine and the tear in my father’s eye, press day in front of Goodwood House was as special. The 100 plus top draw cars ranging between a 1904 Mercedes to Ferrari 250 GTO/SWB, half a dozen Cobras, motorcycles, bunny girls, hospitality (cottage pie on silver trays) and bunny girls, did it for me!
Interestingly, the Earl of March was showing his Kellison, a late 50’s early 60’s V8 Coupe from the USA. A stunning looking machine (all be it with fuelling problems) during the afternoon. It looks however a formidable contender for the TT race in September.
Last week, I was lucky enough to hitch a ride with Mathew Humphries, Morgan’s chief designer. We ‘smoked rubber’ (in a gentlemanly fashion) in the stonking new Plus8 during a brisk demonstration running the full length of the hill climb course (front drive) – how nice it would be to be back next year with a light-weight race version!
Below you will find a selection from the 359 photos I’ve taken and a selection of our British-made. weather proof picnic rugs, in case you fancy one for a Goodwood occasion!