I was absolutely amazed on Thursday afternoon when I received the phone call from Anita (Minton) at the Morgan Motor Company. I had won two tickets to the Festival of Speed in their Facebook Competition. As the person who never wins anything, or only sometimes, making arrangements took over as we needed to have our dog looked after for the day.
As is often the case with us Oldies, Friday came at about 3am with my wife Ann going down with a violent bout of a Stomach Virus and spent the day in bed. I tried and tried to find a taker for the tickets but Ann insisted that she may feel better by Saturday morning. The day came, Ann felt much better and I was instructed to go and not waste a cherished ticket. Try as I may I could not find a taker for the other ticket at short notice. At the show I chatted to a lady from RAC who said that they had not found takers for over 30 hospitality tickets. So I set off to Goodwood, sadly, on my own.
Arriving on what became the Hottest day of the year so far the Car Park was almost full and the dust was flying. I could not believe it when I passed a guy carrying a small dog back to his car. It states very clearly on the ticket that Dogs are not allowed in the event or the car park.
Spotted on my way in, this lovely E Type about to turn Dusty Grey.
Having already walked about a half mile, when you pass through this welcome gate there is still another half mile across the Golf Course to the official check in.
Inside of the 'Moving Motor Show' Hall where the dealers have a special day on the Thursday before the main event.
The 'Beamer' Simulator.
Sony's new Playstation Simulator
Renault's Twizy getting a once over.
On the Audi Stand - another simulator
From the Latest Skoda TV add, this V Engined Lawn Mower.
Outside I was making my way up to Goodwood House hoping to get a good view of the Avro Vulcan Delta Bravo Bomber. On the way I had to pass the assembling point for the next batch of hill climbers only to find a New Morgan BMW Engined V8 lurking at the rear. Later I heard that Charles Morgan himself could have been driving it. Next was the Paddock area where they all had just come from.
The Michelin Supercars waiting ito go out on the track.
The Morgan +8
The John Parry Thomas Special 'Babs'
The March-Chevrolet 707 (not the bike)
The March - Chevrolet Must be the widest car in the show.
Jaguar XK120 'Montlehery' FHC
I am not sure of the pedigree of this one?
Side by side, Bugatti and Bentley
Peugeot Type 5 Paris-Rouen
Then the Vulcan arrived and began a series of passes across the Goodwood Airfield to the south. unfortunately they were low passes and obscured from our high vantage point by a line of trees. But patience is a virtue and eventually I was able to get a few shots.
Air Show over, I decided to make my way up towards the top of the Hill Climb course to watch the cars running at full pelt.
The lawn in front of Goodwood House was heaving as the route narrowed
On the Balcony, Lord March's guests had a good view of proceedings as a Guitarist climbed onto the roof.
"That steam wagon is a recreation of an 1803 Trevithick Steam Coach. I have seen some other pictures of it attempting the hill, I'm guessing it didn't break the record! " - Thank You to Ian Wegg for sending me the info in a comment. (Comments always welcome)
It was time to cross the track and have a look at the various stands and shops so I made my way to the bridge.
"The clapping people are the "Wacky Racers", a 1970's cartoon series loosely based on the film "Monte Carlo or Bust". " - Thank You again to Ian Wegg for the info.
After this most enjoyable day, I set out to find the car among the thousands in the field. It was now very dusty from the vehicle movements along the access roads. I was thankful that I had not brought The Green Goddess today.
Until the next topic, thank you for reading my Blog. Frank.