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08-07-2009, 09:01 PM
Hi everyone - as you may know, I went to the FOS last Friday, where I spent a not inconsiderable amount of my time at the Superwedge part of the Cartier "Style et Luxe" concours area. To say I was a little overwhelmed would be an understatement, but I will leave you to judge for yourself. So here, for BBC and Simpatico, and everyone who appreciates radical automotive styling in the Superwedge idiom, here are some images...


This is the 1966 GM Vauxhall XVR. The first design credited to a young Wayne Cherry, this concept was based on a Vauxhall VX4/90 (4-cylinder, 90bhp OHC) slant-4 engine. The split windscreen is for the dihedrally-hinged doors. Vauxhall made three full sized cars, of which one was registered and used for road testing - probably not this one though, although the handbrake was on (so it had rear brakes) and there were discs under those fabulous cast alloy front wheels too.


Vauxhalls other landmark styling concept, the 1970 Styling Research Vehicle or SRV. Mid-engine, 4-doors and 4-seats - it doesn't get more radical than this.


The one and only Alfa Romeo T33/2 "Carabo" from 1968. Styled by a young Marcello Gandini, this was the first car to feature coleopter ("Lambo") doors.


The diagonal panel break is the hinge line for the SRV rear doors, which open "suicide" style. Vauxhall's signature Griffon tops off the Union flag in the only flash of colour in an otherwise monochrome paint job.


That's a turbo you can see under the slats of SRV. I thought that was as close as I could get to the engine, but I talked to some very nice Cartier staff, the results of which we will see later...


Poor shot of the SRV interior. You can just make out the rectangular instrument panel by the drivers door. It hinges out of the way as the door is opened. All of the switchgear is housed in the drivers door as well, which cuts deeply into the side sills. Driver and front seat passenger sit side by side with a narrow centre console housing the 5-speed shift gate. Seat and steering is fixed, pedals adjust to the driver.


XVR had been left exposed in the rain, with the result that the centre console filled with water from the leaky door seals. No fitted wipers is another clue to this being one of the two non-running prototypes...


...Although as you can see there is clearly a disc brake rotor under there. This wheel design looks really great :cool1:


The one and only 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog. Allegedly built as a commission for a wealthy Arab prince, the order was cancelled before the build was completed. Aston Martin finished it off and used it for publicity purposes before selling it of to another wealthy Arab sheikh. The standard Aston 5.3 litre V8 is topped off with twin Garrett AiResearch turbochargers and develops an alleged 600bhp. Backed up by a ZF transaxle, the gearing gives a theoretical top speed of 202mph...

(The ugly external mirrors were added later - the original rearview was taken care of by a 5" CRT monitor and a telecam under the rear louvres...


Possibly my least favourite Alfa Romeo, the hideously ugly Navajo, again based on the T33/2 chassis but a whole world away from the strikingly functional Carabo...


So I see these two chaps chammying down the cars, so I ask if they work for Vauxhall Heritage. They say "no, we work for Cartier". "Thats a shame", says I "because if you did I would be asking you all sorts of questions about these two cars, and wondering whether I could have a look under the lid of SRV..."

So, here's the scoop - this is how the XVR headlights look - the lamp units are standard Vauxhall HB Viva items, and the lamp pods rotate along the same axis as the vehicle centreline, just like the later (and more ugly) Opel GT. Brilliant idea, beautifully executed...


...And this is what's under the engine cover of the least-known supercar in the UK. I'm still not sure what the large assembly on the left of the turbo is (with the pressure switches - is it a turbo wastegate?), but the engine appears to be a transversely mounted 4-cylinder unit, with a 16v head (you can see the forward camshaft cover just behind the turbo assembly). My guess is that this is one of the Lotus 16V topped Vauxhall 2-litre blocks used in small numbers on the Lotus 62 racing car programme. These engines were called "LV220" due to their Lotus-Vauxhall heritage and 220bhp output. You can see one reason for the spectacular rear overhang on this car - a full-sized spare wheel behind the engine.


This is the engine bay instrument panel, together with the electronic ignition module and fuses. This panel is neatly concealed by the louvred engine cover when closed. Not sure what the knobs do - perhaps they adjust the ignition timing or the turbo boost????


The Bulldog comes fully equipped with ear defenders and an intercom system for the occupants. I am guessing a lack of adequate soundproofing in there :D


That's Bulldog's camera, mounted in the centre of the rear louvre.


When I finally dragged myself away from the Superwedge display, I came across this incredible 1938 Hispano-Suiza "Xenia". Outrageous...


Captain America chopper was part of an incredible custom bike display. Peter Fonda was re-united with this machine in this, the fortieth anniversary year of the seminal biker movie release.


There's more, I just haven't finished uploading the pictures yet. More soon,


08-07-2009, 09:41 PM
I really like the Vauxhall XVR. The tail lights and "gills" behind the front wheels really do it form me. Same for the tail lights on the Carabo, grided-out like they are. Great pictures Lauren. Seeing these cars in he UK makes me want to visit again.

08-07-2009, 09:57 PM
:kewlpics: Me too. I would have loved to see these in person. The closest thing we'll have here is the Pebble Beach show, but that's more "antique" style autos rather than one-offs and customs, though they do appear from time to time. Incredible machinery there, Lauren!

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09-07-2009, 08:03 AM
It just goes to show that in times gone past we could design and build cars that had style, flare and foresight, just a pity that so few made it into any type of production.

I wish I had been able to go and see them in the flesh as well but it is great to know that when you went along that they didn't disappoint you. Sometimes seeing things in the flesh or getting to see more than you had before of a certain thing can lead to a sense of disappointment.
Thanks for taking so many photo's I really appreciate it.

Could you imagine the looks you would have got driving an XVR at a time when most people were aspiring to own a Ford Cortina Mk1 or Mk2 or maybe a Hilman Minx/Hunter or Viva what a difference our car culture could have been. :cry:

09-07-2009, 01:29 PM
The Carabo was real!?!! Goddamn!! I had a Matchbox car of that, never thought it was real. I wonder what ever happened to that Matchbox car.

09-07-2009, 05:46 PM
It just goes to show that in times gone past we could design and build cars that had style, flare and foresight, just a pity that so few made it into any type of production.

I wish I had been able to go and see them in the flesh as well but it is great to know that when you went along that they didn't disappoint you. Sometimes seeing things in the flesh or getting to see more than you had before of a certain thing can lead to a sense of disappointment.
Thanks for taking so many photo's I really appreciate it.

Could you imagine the looks you would have got driving an XVR at a time when most people were aspiring to own a Ford Cortina Mk1 or Mk2 or maybe a Hilman Minx/Hunter or Viva what a difference our car culture could have been. :cry:

No probs BBC, I really enjoyed seeing these fantastic cars for real. You're dead right about the XVR - I had a 1966 HA Viva and XVR is just so far ahead in the style stakes its just not true!

I suppose in a way by driving the Green Machine I am saying exactly that - this is what you could have been driving 35 years ago... if there hadn't been an environmental backlash and and an Arab oil embargo and a three day week :(

Hi Rick - FOS is very much a cross between Pebble Beach and the Monterey Historics. Most of the concours cars are from the vintage era too - its only very occasionally that we get some more recent stuff on display - last year it was the Bizzarrini Manta, AMX/3 and Stratos prototype.

I just love the way that neither SRV or XVR were fettered in any way by bean counters moaning about costs and profit margins. Any car that reaches production, both then and now, is always a compromise in that respect.

Unlike a Nova :D

OK - a more diverse selection of images now, plus one or two returns to the Superwedge display (just couldn't help myself :laugh: )


Fabulous Abarth Monza looks just like a Ferrari in miniature...


Tiny DeTomaso racer was road registered...


A study of aerodynamic fairings around the air intake of the Howmet TX gas turbine racer. Not sure what the dome is for, it hasn't appeared on either of the other TX cars (only three were built). Unfortunately the TX didn't run on Friday, but I've seen it before - utterly awesome!


Tiny 3-spoke magnesium wheels on the DeTomaso looked fantastic...


And you thought a 3" tailpipe on a Citroen Saxo looks tough :notworthy:


Business end of the TX, complete with "ban the Bomb" Cortina lights. Originally motivated by an experimental Teledyne TS450 helicopter engine, all three TX now run the Alison 250 engine (most commonly used in the Bell Jet Ranger). Shaft drive is connected directly to the Halibrand differential - the turbine produces maximum torque at zero rpm, then goes all the way to 60,000rpm (primary turbine speed) :shock:


This example has a telecam neatly integrated into an alloy housing on the air intake. No reverse gear, so this is not a reversing aid :lmfao:


OK - so most of you don't remember British touring car racing in the 1970s. But the formula went something like this - as long as the side profile of the donor car was maintained above the waistline, there were no other rules. This is the result - Mick Hill's Chevrolet Beetle...


...And this is the Oldsmobile DAF :laugh:

The same series also spawned the awesome Vauxhall Firenza based "Baby Bertha", which won so many races with the legendary Gerry Marshall at the wheel that it virtually killed the formula. Oh, and then there was the "Chimp", a Hillman Imp bodied Chevron B8 sports racing car :giveup:


Back at the Superwedge display, I thought I'd get a picture of the interior from the front. Those seats looked jolly comfortable after I'd spent all day on my feet...


A fine example of the best Mini-based special ever, the Unipower GT. With a tubular spaceframe carrying the Mini engine and transmission, but full wishbone suspension front and rear, this little car fully deserved its "Mini-Miura" description. Of course the styling is not to everyones taste, allegedly performed by an off-duty Ford stylist who also penned the GT40... :confused1:


Back end of the 1938 Tatra, looking suspiciously like the VW38, which also had vision slits instead of a rear window.


My second favourite pre-war American car, the "coffin-nose" Cord 810 - FWD and pop-up headlights (even if they were hand-cranked)


View down the side of the exquisite Montiverdi 375C cabriolet, styled by Fissore. Same Chrylser 440 powerpack as the more common 375L, but that's were the Mopar comparisons end - the Torque Flite shift was reversed (lever comes back to select higher gears), De Dion rear end and a Watts linkage to keep those tyres nailed to the floor.


This is about the only view of the Guyson E12 that I found remotely acceptable. Would you believe, a William Towns designed fibreglass bodykit for an E-Type Jaguar that turns it from a curvaceous feline shape into a doorstop :confused1:


I'm not really into moderns, as you know, but this Giugiaro desinged interior in the new Frazer-Nash hybrid thingy looked pretty neat. The outside looked pretty good too, in a Gallardo-meets-Ford-Focus kind of way :D


Back at the Superwedge display, this original 1976 Countach LP400 had arrived. It was great to see a Countach without all the wing and wheelarch paraphernalia - in fact, this is the first LP400 I have ever seen for real. You can see why this is called the "periscope" model, with the redundant secondary window tunnel in the roof panel. The prismatic rear view mirror was dropped because using it required the driver to take his eyes too far from the road ahead, and also refocus. At 180mph this was considered to be a safety issue...

The only Countach I would have over this one would be 002, the second prototype, with one-piece side glass and chrome window trims. Its now in the Lamborghini museum at Sant Agata.


One of only two Cosworth V8 powered Ligier JS2 racing cars. French F1 ace Guy Ligier built around 80 road going JS2s using the Citroen SM (read Maserati) V6 engine and transmission, mid-mounted. Nice machines, but alas the racing versions were not especially successful. Probably the best French supercar (certainly better than the later Venturi and the contemporary rear-engined Alpine A310)


Business end of the Chevrolet Beetle. Mid-engined Chevy V8, Hewland transaxle... :shock:


I loved the way the bonnet on this Connaught (actually I can't remember what it was :dunce: ) plunged away between the tall front wings.


LEDs and hexagon grilles abound on the bizarrely-named Bertone Mantide (I guess its pronounced "man-tee-deh" or something :D)


This years sculpture in front of Goodwood house was this impressive welded steel "track" carrying an Audi A10 on one arm and the 1938 Auto Union streamliner on the other. Unusually though there was no display of featured cars around the sculpture as in previous years. Sign of the time I guess...


Still one of the best aerobatic display teams in the world, the Red Arrows dropped by... Yes, that is the Guyson in the foreground in the last picture :puking:


This was the little DeTomaso on the way to the hillclimb startline. Driver shows just how tiny this car is...


Final look down the line towards the Gulf liveried Mirage-Ford GR8.

And that's your lot!


10-07-2009, 02:54 AM
Always love your photos Lauren. Top shots, and top cars. :clapping: :cool1:

10-07-2009, 07:13 AM
Great pics Lauren - needn't have bothered ourselves !

Needless to say we did - around 1000 !

Here are a few favourites:

An electric car from the technology display



Not sure that roof concept will be practical though :crylol:

There is always something about this colour scheme


Current Brawn GP car


Lewis having fun


Lewis walking past us


Its that colour scheme again


Just missed the first arrow !


Mirrored Bugatti Veyron


Sir Sterling


The rest of ours can be found here:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim73vw/se ... 910862121/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim73vw/sets/72157620910862121/)


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim73vw/se ... 003662704/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim73vw/sets/72157621003662704/)


10-07-2009, 11:30 AM
Thaks Lauren and Jim - makes up (slightly) for not being able to go this year :thumbdown:

Great pictures.

10-07-2009, 01:23 PM
:tongue1: Just an orgy of mechanical madness there, Jim! What was the orange car - very pointy with the "G" on the nose? Haven't seen that one before. And now that I've seen the Rinspeed in a different angle....nah, just doesn't do it!

10-07-2009, 05:01 PM
Thanks for the photos, kicking myself now I didn't go.

Lauren, I was sure you would be glued to the Cartier Lawn when I saw the guest list!

10-07-2009, 05:02 PM
:tongue1: Just an orgy of mechanical madness there, Jim! What was the orange car - very pointy with the "G" on the nose?

That was the Frazer Nash concept I took the interior picture of. Styled by Giugiaro, so its a cut above the usual, um, Rinspeed :whistling:

Hmm - I see what you mean Jim. You've probably got a duplicate of every picture I took, apart from the SRV engine bay, which was a Spacenut exclusive :clapping:

Your car was spotted by some AROC members who commented on the forum that they had seen another Nova at Goodwood...


10-07-2009, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the photos, kicking myself now I didn't go.

Lauren, I was sure you would be glued to the Cartier Lawn when I saw the guest list!

Thanks Mark - I hope my feeble (and Jim's considerably less feeble) efforts in some small way make up for you not being there :thumbup:

10-07-2009, 07:38 PM
Your car was spotted by some AROC members who commented on the forum that they had seen another Nova at Goodwood...

Did they spot Sarah's seat move as we grounded in the field !

Now GRRC members which gives advance parking, but three rows back on Sunday was still too far on that hard ground :oops2:

11-07-2009, 02:46 PM
It was one of the reasons why I decided to give the Green Machine a rest this year and cadge a lift with Sean. Every year the ruts get a little deeper, the stones in between harder and more numerous :cry:

And as you say, parked X-number of rows from the entrance the car is only going to get a fleeting glance as people hurry by...


11-07-2009, 03:37 PM
Found the Peter Fonda picture from Friday


11-07-2009, 03:40 PM
Great selection of photos.

The Vauxhall XVR is an amazing looking car, very smooth lines.

Wish I had gone now.


21-07-2009, 04:27 PM
FOS was just superb - thanks Jim!! As I was leaving I noticed Nena in the car park, and she was getting more attention than the 246Dino in the car park - quite right too!!
I'll be there again next year without fail - it was brilliant!

21-07-2009, 05:27 PM
Glad you enjoyed it :wink:

For those that want the photos I have listed in good quality I am putting 1200 on a DVD and selling through e-bay at 2.30 per disc (inc postage)

Just search forGoodwood Festival of Speed 2009 photogrpahs, an check the seller is me ! (jim73vw) Other sellers are only giving 500 photos !

21-07-2009, 05:57 PM
man you guys, thank you so much for posting these images.
what an amazing display!


25-07-2009, 11:03 PM
I also made it to Goodwood FOS. I was given two tickets by a friend that could not go at the last minute. Went on the Saturday. Arrived just in time to wittness the Euro fighter going through it's paces right above our heads in the car park. What an air craft.

I wont bore you with more of the same pictures.

Saw this old man stall his merc and have to get pushed up the slope to the shack on the top of the hill!

Found a new engine to shoe horn into the reek,

And saw a stall that Alex could supply to

look as hard as I could I didn't see a Nova model.


26-07-2009, 01:12 AM
Wow, those sculptures are awesome. I do spot a Bug though. So at least we have a donor chassis to start with. :laugh:

26-07-2009, 07:36 AM
And that could well be a GT40 bottom left? I used to do them with the aluminium filler powder - it's a bu***r for settling out into a thick layer at the bottom......