View Full Version : Goodwood Supercar Sunday AND Auto Italia Concours, 6th June

09-07-2010, 08:20 PM
Right. Well... this was a busy day; there were 3 shows I could have chosen from, but I could only manage to attend 2. I decided to do the Goodwood breakfast club until mid-morning, then blast up to Leicestershire and spend the rest of the day at the Auto Italia concours event at Stanford Hall :shock:

Goodwood events have now got completely out of hand - any excuse and hoards of boring cars come flooding in, all trying to park on the circuit. But I've said all this already - time to move on... here's some of the interesting vehicles I saw:



OK, hows about this for starters? A Bitter CD coupe. Based on easily available Opel engines and running gear, GM Europe officially sanctioned these fast, well appointed (and nicely styled I think) cars after they went cold on the Intermeccanica Indra as their flagship European brand. Same rear lights as the Lamborghini Espada, Opel Senator alloys - overall similarity to the Maserati Indy perhaps???


Pantera GTS5 - we think this one belongs to the Haynes museum, its been featured in numerous magazine articles and is often seen on the A303...


Under the rear cover of a Technic 550 Spyder (yes, he was allowed to park on-circuit because of course his car looks like a Porsche :zipped: ), where I found an Alfa 1.7 16v boxer engine and transmission - but intriguingly, the rear suspension is by De Dion, and the outboard brakes are drums! Most unusual. I also noted how generally flimsy the chassis design was (I have seen them before and they rely on the light weight of the vehicle and the additional support of the fibreglass body for strength). Alfas have a large centre mounting on the top of the gearbox bell housing, which is missing on this design. That means that the engine and transaxle is only supported at the front and back, putting additional stress on the gearbox casing. A very crude side support has been fabricated to try and give some torsional stiffness to the engine.


You've seen it before, but its still nice :thumbup:


McLaren F1 GTR, in full race trim, was an unusual sight at this event, mostly populated by poseurs who had hired an F430 for the day (or maybe even by the hour, judging by how quickly they started leaving!).


Latest Gallardo hints at how I might tackle the thorny issue of front-mounted radiators in the future :D


An impressive lineup of red cars - Ferrari 375 GTB/4 "Daytona" in front, 250 Lusso behind... and a Viper.


When I took this photo, this was probably the only example of a 458 Italia in the UK. Now they're probably ten-a-penny. I've pointed out the side-mounted stick-on number plate before, we shall see how many owners can get away with it - should be good for dealing with speed scameras, you certainly can't see the registration from here!


Nice Lotus 47 replica...


...And a nice replica of a Cobra Daytona.

So - its just after 10am, and all of the local roads are gridlocked, so the marshals are letting all the non-theme cars onto the circuit as well. It was time to leave, but that was easier said than done - it took me 10 minutes to get back to the Green Machine, a few minutes more to dispense with the usual niceties (nice car, whatizzit, that's what I call air conditioning, how do you get out when the roof fails etc.), and then a full 15 minutes to negotiate my way through the crowds and get off the site! Back to Petersfield, re-fuel, then strike out for Stanford Hall!

I went via the A34 up to the M40, then took the A43 up to Towcester, then North on some smaller A-roads until, more by luck than judgement, I found some roads I recognised from my (one) previous successful visit to Stanford. By 1:30pm I was on-site, under darkening skies, and tucking into my picnic lunch!

I'd mainly gone to Stanford to meet up with fellow Alfaowner.com member and special builder Philip and his only-just-MoT'd Sprint 6C recreation. The original inspiration was an Alfasud Sprint which Alfa Romeo turned into a fire-breathing monster similar to the Lancia Delta Integrale S4 by taking the 2.5 litre V6 and attaching it to a ZF transaxle to make a powerful mid-engined rear-drive two seater. Two prototype cars were made, and production was mooted, but alas it all came to nought - although interestingly for our antipodean readers, the same formula was used to develop the completely barking Giocattolo, which was produced in small quantity (about 17 cars were completed), using a Holden Commodore V8 engine instead of the Alfa V6, which was proving difficult to source in Australia. But that's another story...



This is Phil's 6C - using a transverse 3 litre V6 engine and transmission out of an Alfa 164. His first journey in the car was not uneventful - the alternator was not charging the battery, so a bump start was required on the M1 slip road, but it remains an amazing achievement. Still a little rough round the edges, I'll grant you, but still a well cool car :cool1:


By the time I had finished my picnic, many of the Alfas in the showfield had already left (why do people pay good money and then b*gger off halfway through the day?), so the Green Machine stands in splendid isolation with the imposing backdrop of Stanford Hall in the background. The brollies are up as well, so the rain had started, although it was only the odd shower at first...


Insurance shot of a Pantera GT5S briefly at rest while a Maserati Quattroporte II departs - this was probably the only rain they will see this year :D


Here's that Mangusta recently imported from Italy. Won the Best of Show award, quite deservedly.



Series 1 and 2 Iso Grifos sit proudly on the lawns in front of the house. Alas, no awards for this pair this time...


This fabulous Pantera GTS belongs to the chap that drove the Mangusta back from Italy. He upset many of the established Supercar Set by restoring his car to full 100-point standard by himself and then proceeded to win concours event after concours event with it. He now has his own restoration business in Cornwall, and drove all the way to Stanford just for the day! I often see him at Italian car shows and he always asks after the Green Machine. An all-round nice guy.


I just love Mangustas... :sorry:


Series 3 Alfasud won a prize...


This Series 2 didn't - but I liked the colour for some reason (can't think why :D) and it reminds me of Green Machine's donor, which was a 1978 Series 2 Ti...



...And this early Berlina certainly didn't win a prize!

(but does at least show why Alfas developed such a poor reputation for rust in the 1970's... and why they were a popular kit car donor until quite recently)

(if you look beyond the Fiat X1/9 in the background you can just make out two blokes in full "whatizzit" mode, peering into the Green Machine's engine bay through the louvre)


Imposing griffon crest of the Iso Fidia luxury saloon, flanked by "mail slot" cabin air extractor vents.

By this time the prizes had been given, and right on cue the heavens opened just as I was leaving the site. Fortunately I had met up with Steve from Alfaowner in his 159, so I was able to follow him back to the M1/A43 junction (I would never have found it on my own), and thence back home - about 370 miles round trip all told. Not a bad days work :clapping:


09-07-2010, 08:49 PM
Some lovely cars there, thanks for sharing. Those Ronal wheels on the Bitter aren't standard fit but suit it soooo well! Definitely need flares and a zapata 'tache to drive that one.

Vasco Da Gamer
09-07-2010, 09:55 PM
I'll have the Mangusta please..... (lovely shade of green by the way).

Thanks for the read and the pictures - you should work for a magazine. Mind you, I always have 'Google Images' on hand when I read these posts of yours so I can identify the more obscure references - I had never heard of the Bitter..... and very nice it is too.

I had a slightly different version of "wattizit" the other day - I was in the garden and overheard some kids spotting the Nova and coming up the road to look at it... the ringleader said to his mates: "Is that a GT40?... Yeah, it is !!, Wow, thats...... oh.... it's just a kit car, not even a good replica!" And they left.

Ah well.


10-07-2010, 03:37 AM
I always look forward to your photos Lauren, I have to get over there one day to sample some of these cars shows.

I think there were 21 Giocattolo's made. I can't remember. The official site (http://www.giocattolo.com.au/) seems like it's gone. . Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giocattolo) has it as 15 cars made, but I thought it was more than that.

10-07-2010, 06:06 PM
Some lovely cars there, thanks for sharing. Those Ronal wheels on the Bitter aren't standard fit but suit it soooo well! Definitely need flares and a zapata 'tache to drive that one.

D'you know, now you mention it those wheels aren't standard Opel fare are they? I just clocked them and thought "Senator". Ronals are cool, they've done some nice designs over the years. I love these old autobahnstormers - even the later Bitter coupe which looked like a Ferrari 400. Talking of flares and a 'tache, I must get me a copy of "Carnapping" - a proper European car chase movie. The main featured car is the B+B CW311...