The 2013 season has arrived with the first Goodwood Breakfast Club of the year – tax free Sunday for pre 73 classics. Mario had come out of hibernation and was ready to go. Although cold with a rather bitter wind it was dry and bright and we set off for the lovely drive through the Sussex countryside and over the South Downs to the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Not being early risers it was pretty busy when we arrived but we were directed onto the track and managed to get a spot down towards Woodcote Corner.
There was a great turn out of cars and it was great to catch up with old friends and meet a few new ones. After the winter break it is always easy to forget what attention Mario receives, we were soon into the habit of smiling for photos and hearing people shout ‘taxi’. It was also a good opportunity to hand out flyers for our upcoming Classic Car Show and Tour we help organise in Haslemere on 26 May.
A beautiful special bodied Alfa was one of our favourite cars of the day.Lovely Volvo and Lancia Another Alfa, the regular body shape but still pretty. We loved this immaculate little NSU Don’t see many ‘little tanks’ on the Goodwood start line
Not everybody spotted this hedgehog mascot on it’s headlight An amusing replica of the ‘Only Fool’s and Horses van, often used for hen nights and weddings! and a friend for Regie, good to see another Renault 4cv on the road locally.By the time the meeting was over the sun was coming out and it was turning into a beautiful spring day so we decided to go for a drive, after a quick run round the estate to see the spring lambs and piglets we set off through the lanes to the seaside on the search for an open Chippy! The lanes south of Chichester towards the coast are flat and twist through agricultural land, bobbling (a Mario term) along in the glorious sunshine you began to feel that Summer can’t to that far away.
After successfully finding chips and eating them on an upturned boat at East Whittering we came back via the wonderful A285 towards Petworth, this road climbs and descends the Downs in great sweeping bends and Mario had a great time. In total for his first run of the year he completed 120 trouble free km a great start to the new season.
ps. Mario had some good news this week as he was invited back to the Goodwood Revival to be part of the period transport fleet again, our favourite weekend of the year.