Goodwood double…

At last an outing, well two actually, for Mario. The first Sunday in August, luckily a lovely sunny day was the Goodwood Breakfast Club – Thoroughbred Sunday and also the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) open day at Goodwood House. Mario had a pass to park on the grid so we had an early start as we were instructed to be at the circuit by 8am! Rather a struggle after a very busy week and a good night out the previous evening.


The circuit wasn’t as busy as I’ve seen it but for once it was a great collection of pre-66 cars rather than looking like Sainsbury’s carpark. We were park up opposite the pits and immediately had a good crowd around us.DSC03719DSC03717DSC03718DSC03720DSC03694 DSC03695 The Fiat Arbarth was lovely, thought the engine would look good in Mario.DSC03697DSC03729Keeping on an Italian theme, my favourite car on the grid was this beautiful Cisitalia, recently back from competing on the Mille Miglia it looked stunning in the sunshine.DSC03700 DSC03701 DSC03703 DSC03704 This Mini might look a little scruffy but it is very very original and has been to our car show. The collection of period accessories is also great.DSC03705DSC03711 This little Fiat 850 Coupe was fab, could see myself nippy to the shops in it but guess it would put Mario’s nose out of joint.DSC03708 DSC03709
DSC03712 DSC03713 DSC03715 DSC03716DSC03723 DSC03725 We’ve decided that Mario looks like an upside down Minion! Might have to dress up sometime.DSC03726
DSC03735 DSC03744 DSC03745 DSC03747After an enjoyable wander around and meeting up with friends for a natter, we left the Breakfast club around 11.30 for the short run up the road to the house. We hadn’t entered this year so we went to the public carpark which was full of lots of lovely cars. The successful entrants were parked around the carriage circle and were as varied as usual.DSC03750 DSC03754 DSC03755 DSC03757 Bella, one of Mario’s girlfriends, was on display and looking fab. The 1955 Fiat 500C Belvedere Estate is really cute and attracted a lot of votes.DSC03759 DSC03760 This AA Badge was quite unusual with the flag on the top.DSC03763 DSC03765 DSC03768This E-type was a very early pre production model, you could tell by the bonnet catches which were on the outside,DSC03784The car I would most like to take home was this fabulous 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner Hardtope. `Known as the American Car with the European looks, it was awarded a medal by the New York school of fashion in 1953. This was this particular cars first outing in nearly 40 years!
DSC03769 DSC03772DSC03781 We met up and picnicked with a group of GRRC members who we have a monthly meeting with.DSC03778 DSC03780While not brave enough for the Helter Skelter (worried about the embarrassment of getting stuck) we did have a go in the Hall of Mirrors, liked this one which made us look tall and thin.
DSC03789By mid afternoon we were starting to feel rather sleepy and so set off for the lovely drive home back over the downs. It was great to be out in Mario although he still isn’t running right. We have ordered a carburator repair kit so hopefully he will be 100% fit for the Revival which is getting ever closer.


Silverstone Classic

Yet another outing without Mario – he’ll be stomping his little wheels in dismay. Anyway some friends had invited us along to the Silverstone Classic and to join them in their hospitality so on a Saturday in August off we went to Northampton. We had a lovely clear run and it only took an hour and twenty minutes to get to with 5 miles of the circuit, then another hour and a half to do the last five miles! Doesn’t need saying that someone was rather grumpy!

Still we found our friends in the queue and made it along to our hospitality suite where an early bottle of wine made it all seem a little more relaxed.

I have to say that although the Silverstone Classic is one of the biggest in the country and is the second biggest event at Silvestone after the Grand-Prix, it isn’t an event I especially enjoy. The cars and racing are good but Silverstone is such a dismal place with everything so spread out between the two pit areas, meaning that you either have to queue for ages for a bus or take a long miserable walk. You can always bet that whoever you are trying to meet or the car you want to see is in the opposite area to you are. This all results in so much time being wasted.

Not going to say anymore but here are some pictures from the day, on the track and in the pits.

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Pre war – my favourite raceDSC03328 DSC03332 DSC03333 DSC03336 DSC03337 DSC03339 DSC03343 DSC03350 DSC03351 DSC03357 DSC03364 DSC03365 DSC03366 DSC03367 DSC03370 DSC03379 DSC03387 DSC03398Old F1 are always good to see
DSC03410 DSC03412 Lovely mercedes in the paddock with beautiful made to measure and match luggageDSC03416 DSC03417 DSC03418 Great transporterDSC03422 DSC03427 Favourite car of the day, a sweet BMW IsettaDSC03428 DSC03429 DSC03430 DSC03434 DSC03488It was nice meeting up with people and we had a good lunch. We didn’t stay to see Status Quo in the evening as they weren’t on until about 9am and so we left about seven and had a trouble free run home. We did have a good day but it isn’t an event I would pay to go to. Luckily we went on the Saturday when the weather was hot and sunny as on the Friday and Sunday there was torrential rain!

Coming soon, Mario at Breakfast club

Boats, planes, automobiles and a few in-between…

Sorry it’s been a while since we posted but life has rather caught up and we’ve been rather busy. Anyway as well as working hard we have had some time for some fun with and without Mario, so hopefully we’ll catch up with it all here soon…

A few weeks ago we were invited to join friends at the Henley Classic Boat Festival. We’ve been before and it was a lot of fun so we were rather disappointed when the weather forecast showed heavy rain all day! They were wrong though and it was a beautiful English summer day and decidedly hot in the afternoon. Not going to say too much other than there aren’t many better ways to spend a Sunday than bobbing along in a beautiful boat with a glass of champagne!DSC03112 DSC03116Not sure what you call a bike for two (tandem) with three wheels (Tricycle)?

DSC03119I loved this bicycle that looked like a scooter, wouldn’t it look great painted like Mario and Cynthia, trouble is the information said it was one of three known to exist.

DSC03122 Our friends boot is a slipper launch, these beautiful highly varnished wooden boats from the 1930’s have sloping backs into the water and often have Llloyd Loom chairs.DSC03124There was a minor panic at lunchtime as one of the slipper launches slipped it’s mooring and started drifting down the Thames. We managed eventually to get the attention of one of the safety boats which came to the rescue.
DSC03135DSC03158While lounging in the boat having a fabulous lunch and a glass of bubbly we were also treated to an acrobatic air display.DSC03164 DSC03172 DSC03173 The entered boats parade in classes up the Henley Regatta course which gives everybody an opportunity to see them and listen to some commentary.DSC03162The ‘working’ boat class – not sure the small child hanging on the back of the Coracle was having that much fun!DSC03179 DSC03182 DSC03184 A popular class is the Dunkirk little ships, they sailed past with Sea Cadets standing to attention and a Dunkirk veteran on board.
DSC03192 DSC03194 DSC03197 Steam BoatsDSC03199 DSC03200 DSC03201 DSC03233 One of the exciting exhibits was a chance to see the Gloriana – the 94 ft long Royal barge commissioned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and which lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.DSC03250 DSC03260

DSC03279Lots of ‘boat’ stalls also took part – this boatbuilder had constructed this beautiful slipper launch and in it’s amazingly luxurious interior included this pull out draw with a picnic set.

There were also classic cars in attendance, although somehow I managed to not take any photos of most of them!  This is a proper ‘boat tail’ constructed by boat builders.DSC03277On display on land and in water were a collection of Amphibious vehicles, shame Mario isn’t watertight.
DSC03142DSC03281 DSC03282 DSC03283 DSC03285 DSC03286 DSC03131The Gloriana was the big star of the show and it was great being able to look at it up close, the workmanship was stunning if a touch bling! The oars were amazing, each one painted with an oriental styled dragon/fish.DSC03289 DSC03290 DSC03294 DSC03295 DSC03296The only disappointment of the day was that Bluebird K3, one of Malcolm Campbell’s water speed record powerboats, that was supposed to be on display in the water only came to the event on the back of a transporter – a small fire the day before meant it had to be taken out of the water for repair and unfortunately the crane wasn’t available to put it back in. It would have been great to have seen it, although I doubt that it would have been allowed to attempt the record breaking 130mph it travelled in 1938!
IMG_6541Next up the Silverstone Classic and then Thoroughbred Sunday Breakfast Club – with Mario on the grid…