Better late than never… Goodwood MM76

We’ve been promising this for months but the looming Goodwood Revival meet next week reminded me that we had never shared our rather unusual experiences of the 76th Members Meeting.

Taking place back in March, the first major event of the year can obviously be a bit chilly, although we were all lured into a false sense of security with the first ’72’ MM which took place in glorious sunshine back in 2014.

On the Friday before the meeting I was invited to a special talk by the Duke of Richmond, this was exclusively for the founder members of the GRRC and was a fascinating afternoon with the Duke telling great stories about how Motorsport was brought back to Goodwood. It was a beautiful sunny day and the circuit looked magnificent under blue skies with the daffodils gently nodding in the breeze.

However this year the forecast was looking decidedly dodgy for the weekend and as we set off on Saturday morning it was grey and foreboding and very cold. Mario was booked into the Chicane Parking, partly to be on display to his always appreciative public but mainly so we have the most convenient locker, for all those extra layers of clothing and of course the picnic!

This year was going to be even more interesting for us as our friend Adam had his Lola-Chevrolet T142 taking part in the F5000 demonstration. But by mid morning when he was out for his first run, it had started to blizzard and we could hardly see him come down the startline straight from our viewpoint on the top of the pitlane.

The snow eased off after the demo and we were wrapped up exceptionally well, although I looked and felt like a Michelin Man. Taking photos was difficult in thick fur mittens and I couldn’t put my arms down to my side but I wasn’t cold. We spent the rest of the day mooching around the paddocks, watching racing and then in the evening we stayed on for some of the party which had some great entertainment and parades. By the time we came to go home though, poor Mario had a little coating of snow and it was falling lightly all the way back to Haslemere.

The following morning the alarm went at 6am, we were supposed to be at the circuit by 7.30 as Mario had a place in the Members Parade. However I pulled back the curtains to a white landscape. There was no way we were going to be able to move poor Mario and the roads were more or less blocked.

So Mario stayed safely at home. After a couple of hours talking to friends and following FaceBook we managed to get a friend who had James’ ‘truck’ to come and rescue us. Once over the first couple of hills, the snow became much lighter and we were able to get to the circuit just in time for Adam’s demo. the F5000 cars are very powerful and most opted not to go out but Adam was brave or foolish depending how you looked at it and he took to the track with about four4 others and put in a few careful laps for the crowd. The rest of the day went ahead with some good racing, especially the Edwardian Race which was exciting. 

So, considering the conditions we still managed to have a good day and got home without too much trouble although we couldn’t get Mario back to his garage for about three days.

Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us next week, when Mario will be back at Goodwood for his favourite weekend of the year, working as a taxi at the Revival… see you there.


part 2… a very important passenger

The Diamond Jubilee weekend continued on Monday when the Haslemere Classic Car Show had entered the local Jubilee Carnival Procession. After years of carrying ViP passengers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Adrian Newey and Will Young, Mario was to have the ultimate guest… Her Majesty herself.

The Queen made herself comfortable in the back (with the remaining Corgi), adorned in the state crown, the bunting fluttered in the breeze and with his vintage clad driver in position we set off on the most important journey of his life.

We lined up with other local classic enthusiasts and waited for the off. Our ‘Cavalcade’ included a 1900 De Dion Bouton, a 1910’s Minerva, 1930’s MG and Alvis Crested Eagle, 50’s Morris Minor and Sunbeam Talbot 90, the 60’s were represented by a Daimler Dart, Mario and a Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV and the 70’s by a Jaguar E-type and a Triumph Spitfire, quite a diverse little group representing the decades of motoring.

At 2pm the procession set off through the town with the cars interspersed throughout the floats representing many local organisations. Despite the slow walking pace the cars all behaved impeccably. We wound our way along the High Street and Lower Street where the Road works had been removed especially for us. As we approached Wey Hill the crowds swelled and we were greeting by a mass of waving flags.

Her Majesty waved to her people and excited children shouted out ‘look it’s the Queen’. We turned onto Lion Green where the town Jubilee Party was being held – cream tea and entertainment for nearly 5000 people and parked up, the public flocked to see Mario and his ViP passenger before she disappeared into the crowd… last seen heading for the tea tent, Haslemere has never seen anything like it and many small children went home excited that they had seen the Queen!

PS More pictures of the day are online

A very sunny day at the Haslemere Classic Car Show

My human’s organise the Haslemere Classic Car Show every year on Lion Green, Haslemere. It’s a lovely friendly event with a great vintage atmosphere of a tradition fete. Lots of lovely cars, people dressed up and quality stalls selling crafts, art, local produce, vintage and classic car related products.

The day is in two parts a morning tour round the beautiful local countryside with a stop at a place of interest – this year Tangmere Aviation Museum – and the static show on the green.

This year it was a glorious sunny day. Typically I’m used as a workhorse to transport all the ‘stuff’ to the show and then as my Human’s are too busy organising to go on the tour I have to sit around posing until the cars come back from the tour. As always I gathered quite a crowd, my popularity never ceases to amaze me but at this show I can’t be judged, favouritism and all that! The best dressed car and driver competition had some great entries.

I had my picture taken lots of times but I particularly love these ones taken when stunning forties model Fleur-de-Guerre was trying me out for size!

All in all great day out, to finish here is a pic of my new companions – really for next weekend when we are taking part in the Jubilee Carnival – they had a little advance outing to the Car Show.

And finally my human’s, a bit weary after a long day but happy that the show had gone so well and ready to start organising 2013!


Working hard at PR

Mario spent today working hard at the local Charter Fair to promote the forthcoming Haslemere Classic Car Show which his humans help to organise. After a rather damp set-up and start the sun finally came out and a good afternoon was had by all. Sharing the stand with a 1900 De Dion Bouton, Mario was the bright young thing and did a great job doing what comes naturally  – creating attention. Lots of people were given leaflets about the event to be held at the end of May which will hopefully mean we have a big crowd at the show.

Mario and the De Dion on the stand – Mario respects his elders and let the De Dion use the gazebo!

Parade of Town Criers from all over the country who were here to take part in a Town Crier competition.

I’m a celebrity, get me out of here…

Poor Mario, set off for the Goodwood Breakfast club today but due to the recent wet weather Goodwood decided not to open the fields for public parking as there were fears they would become too damaged before the Festival of Speed. Well Mario picked up the traffic jam before the Kennels and it was soooo slow. All the traffic had to go past the circuit, round the Rolls Royce rounderbout and back to the circuit where they tried to park all the cars – themed and public. Even though it was wet, Supercar Sunday always attracts the biggest crowd so it was chaos!

We don’t normally bother with this one as Supercars aren’t really our thing but as we wanted to promote the Haslemere Classic Car show we persevered. It took over two and a half hours from Haslemere to the circuit, worse then on a major event day. Poor Mario was very confused, he just couldn’t understand why he wasn’t just waved passed as he is when being a taxi at the Revival – he thought that no one realised he was a celebrity!

However as always he raised a smile from most people in the queue and appeared to be getting more attention than a Veyron. Afterwards, Mario got a nice little drive through the country lanes, although he got rather muddy – bath time in the morning, water shortage or not as he’ll be on the Haslemere Classic Car Show stand at the Haslemere Charter Fair tomorrow afternoon and must look spic and span.

Mario in Canada?

Imagine Mario’s surprise when he saw himself in an advert for a Canadian Microcar Show in the American Microclub News. The event called Petite on the Street is a Vintage car Club of Canada event on the first of September. The photo was taken at the Amberley Museum at their microcar day a couple of years ago. Mario is always flattered when he see’s a photo of himself but in this instance it really is a little too far to go to make an appearance in the flesh…

For those local to Haslemere, Mario will be showing his face at the town Charter Fair on Bank Holiday Monday to help advertise the Classic Car Show we organise at the end of the month.  He’ll also be popping down to Breakfast Club at Goodwood on Sunday – the theme is Supercar Sunday and we’ll have to see if we can ‘blag’ in again as Mario really is a “super little car”!!!!

A week on and the weather is much improved…

A lovely sunny day for local business ST Engineering to host an open day and raise some money for the Heart Foundation. Mario ‘bobbled along’ (Multipla terminology!) to St Christophers Green in Haslemere raising smiles and waves from local shoppers – over the winter when we don’t get out much we forget how much attention Mario receives.

A few hours was spent in the sunshine talking to old friends and making some new ones. We handed out lots of fliers for the Haslemere Classic Car Show which will be held just down the road on Lion Green in May.

There was a collection of cars including VW Beetles and campers, some big American Beasties, Jeeps and some nice Vintage offerings.

Haslemere Wardrobe were on hand with a tiny selection of their Vintage clothing. Sunshine, old cars and vintage clothes all herald the start of what looks to be a very exciting 2012 motoring season.

Mario outside ST Engineering's workshops

Mike Mutter's in his Vauxhall

Advertising the Haslemere Classic Car Show

Haslemere Wardrobe with a tiny selection of their vintage clothing

Steve Theobald (right) of ST Engineering and his team, ran a great day and raised money for the Heart Foundation