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15-07-2011, 08:31 PM
OK, Goodwood FOS, 2011. Unable to get there in the Green Machine, I accepted a lift from Adam, who is Sean's nephew-in-law (if there is such a definition) and his friend Nathan. FOS is probably the only major car event where is doesn't matter what you arrive in, as you will be parked at least a mile away from your ride amongst a load of anonymous daily drivers. So at 07:15 on a sunny Friday morning, we were off!

Now, obviously when someone else is doing the wheels, it would be rude to just go off and do your own thing. So it was that my young friends introduced me to all manner of weird and wonderful things, such as the F1 paddock (which I usually avoid), the GAS display (Goodwood Action Sports), which had BMXs and trials bikes surmounting impossible obstacles, and even some new cars, which I didn't rate at all.

Still, by arguing that the Supercar paddock was just beyond the Cartier Style et Luxe display, I was able to lure my unsuspecting colleagues into my domain...




Ladies and gentlemen, be upstanding for the Adams Probe 16, one of only three examples ever built and the actual car used in Clockwork Orange. Impressed? I would say I was – checkout some of the details...


Windscreen was a one-off made be Pilkington Automotive. It is completely unique to the car (and alas, due to the use of rubber windscreen seals, not its prettiest feature)



Amazing three-spoke wheels, with equally amazing “steering wheel” spinners. Purcell's haunting synthesised theme is swirling in my head as I type this...

...But that wasn't the only car of interest on the Cartier stand, although there was no way that they could have topped last years showing of Alfa T33 concept cars. The T33 Stradale was there again, now with its centenery stickers removed, as well as one or two other notables...


...Like this LP400 Countach, which was not the same one from 2 years back, although a similar exterior colour. And this shapely form made another appearance...


Vauxhall made three of these exciting styling concepts in 1966, one of which was actually driveable. This example is one of the pushmobiles, but does have a fully developed interior and those crazy dihedral doors!

And in yet another stroke of luck, as we headed towards the Supercar paddock (another one worth avoiding, unless you enjoy playing sardines and looking at the back of peoples heads), the call came for the Supercars to form up in Cathedral Paddock for their first run up the hill. This was therefore an excellent opportunity for me to see what other tasty machinery was on display at my favourite paddock...


Belgian Ferrari 250LM was nice, on factory Borrani wheels, but its time for my legs to turn to jelly again...



Chapparral 2E, the only surviving car after an enormous crash in the evolutionary 2G ended Jim Hall's racing career. I love the technical innovations in this car – the nose intake and “radiator outlets” on the nose are actually for a variable incidence wing, which balances the downforce generated by the enormous strut-mounted wing at the rear. Hydraulically operated by a footpedal (necessitating the use of a super-secret GM R&D automatic transmission), the struts are mounted directly on the wheel uprights, leaving the body free to roll and allowing soft springing. Sidemount radiators were used for the first time on this car. Of course many of these startling innovations would later be banned, even in Group 7 racing. But in 1966 anything was possible :D

More to come...


15-07-2011, 08:33 PM
Right, more sights from the 2011 Goodwood FOS. The lovely T33 Stradale in the concours arena was based on the racing car of the same designation. By 1968 this had become a formidable 2 litre semi-closed coupe...



...With a fantastic V8 engine and 6-speed Colotti transmission.


Competition came in the form of the Porsche 906 and later 908...




Mid-engined tech, 1930s style. This amazing Alfa debuted at Villa d'Este in 2010, with a 6C straight-6 engine mated to a standard transmission with the differential bolted directly to the output flange of the gearbox. This resulted in a very long engine bay, leaving the cockpit perched over the front axle. Clearly moving in the right direction though :D



GT40 MkIII recreation looked very nice...


...And back on the Cartier stand, this Bertone styled Abarth caught my eye...


Lime green Miura basking in the sunshine in the driver's enclosure. Nice car – nice colour :D


I heard this before I saw it – beneath the uninspiring wedge of red Leicester cheese styling is the one and only Lotus 56 gas-turbine Indy car. It starts quickly and cleanly, much better than the song and dance associated with the Howmet Tx (although I am sure they both share the same engine these days). The other innovation demonstrated by this banned car, and the early STP-Paxton machine, was 4-wheel drive.

This wasn't the only turbine whining its way up the hill – one of the motorbikes was an MTT Y2K superbike! That's an Allison 250 gas turbine in a motorbike frame, alternative power fans...


This interesting looking machine is the transporter for the solid-fuel booster rockets on the Bloodhound supersonic land speed record attempt car, from the team that brought you Thrust SSC. With machinery straight out of Thunderbirds, you just know they are onto a winner...

More to come...


15-07-2011, 08:36 PM
And so, after a really long trudge to the top of the hill, we finally arrive at the rally stage pit area.


1st generation Toyota Celica lost a wheel on the stage, so was being repaired...


Lancia Delta S4 headed up a formidable selection of Group B rally machines...

Yes, that's the one with a turbocharger and a supercharger to get maximum boost at all engine speeds...


I'd never heard of a Citroen BX rally car before. Here it is!




Lancia 037, probably my favourite Group B rally car, in full Monte Carlo rally specification – very purposeful. Only a supercharger to propel this mid-engined Abarth 2 litre along...



I've always had a soft spot for the Vauxhall Firenza, having owned both a flat-front and a droop-snoot (HPF) in the past. This one is a little bit different; the clue is on the front wings. Its a South African homologation special, the Basil von Rooyen “Little Chev”, of which only 99 were built, and only two reside in the UK. One is owned by Terry Price, who I often meet at American car shows. The other machine is this one, which emerged from a lengthy restoration last year. Little Chev in this case means a CanAm 302 cubic inch (5-litre) high compression smalblock V8, driving through a ZF 5-speed to a Holden derived rear axle. In South Africa it went head to head with the Ford Perana, a V8 engined Mk1 Capri in touring cars, giving a pretty good account of itself in the process. Not sure how it would have faired on the rally circuit though...


Sticking with the Vauxhall theme, here's a Shove-it (I'm sorry, I meant Chevette), in HSR form, with the more familiar 2.3 litre slant 4 engine. Lotus used the 2-litre Vauxhall block to develop their 900 series engine for the Elite/Esprit/Eclat, so Vauxhall knew that the Lotus 16v twin-cam cylinder head would be a straight swap onto their block. So it wasn't long before the works Magnums and later Chevette HS began to feature Lotus 16v heads. For the HSR, the homologation rules tightened and forced Vauxhall to develop their own 16v heads, which they used to good effect before the all-conquering Audi Quattro showed where rallying was going in the 1980s...




Eric Carlsson-spec SAAB 95 has a 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine and front wheel drive. The legendary Swedish driver had a reputation for driving flat-out everywhere he went. “The road must go somewhere” he is reputed to have said :D

Skoda were the featured marque at this years FOS, celebrating 100 years of competitive motorsport. I was rather taken by this machine, a Type 720 Spider, which was set up for endurance events...




...Plus the charismatic rear-engined Skoda 200 coupe...



So that was it for 2011. Not as spectacular as previous years, but still very good. An extremely enjoyable day out, only slightly ruined by receiving a text at 11:30 saying I had to work all through the weekend!


15-07-2011, 09:35 PM
Such a pity I missed it this year, for some reason I thought it was mid July!! Great pics, love the Adams Probe, anything to do with A Clockwork Orange works for me, but that is particularly sweet!!

16-07-2011, 02:10 AM
after seeing the orange on the probe 16 Im rethinking the blue on my sterling.

16-07-2011, 02:17 AM
Some amazing cars there, wow!!

But damn it, now you've made me go all sentimental. God I miss my little Celica. :cry:

16-07-2011, 01:38 PM
Nice one Lauren. I was there on Thursday for the moving motor show. Interesting concept and great if you want to test drive a new car up the hill having booked in advance but other than that I found that bit rather boring. Luckily most of the normal festival stuff was going on and we had a fantastic day. The amazing weather helped. I loved the Cartier de luxe this year. I'll post some photos soon. Interestingly one of the themes was called 'A door to the future - replacing the humble hinge'. This was the display of cars with unique ways of getting in, such as the Countach, the Adams Probe etc. I couldn't think of a more perfect theme for the Nova and was half expecting one to be there. For that theme it would have been the ultimate in my opinion. If only my Nova was complete and I'd known about this in advance I would have written to the Earl of March and asked him permission to display it. Oh well.


16-07-2011, 04:41 PM
Love the Probe 16. The probe 2001 was the first car of this genre to really inspire me - it was put into production but very few were sold. I reckon some of its features were an inspiration for the design of the Nova.

16-07-2011, 04:56 PM
Hi Giles - well I guess that explains the cluster of cars at that end of the field; Probe 16 (entry by sliding roof), Countach (coleopter doors - although these still use hinges of course), Vauxhall XVR (dihedral doors), Alfa Tipo 33 (ditto)...

I completely agree, the Nova would have been ideal in such company. I guess Nena would have been the obvious choice, had she still been in Jim's ownership, but as we know kitcars are not popular with the powers that be on the Goodwood estate...

Incidentally I have just been watching the coverage of this years event on ITV4 and have given up in disgust. Its like everything I saw never happened, all they want to do is coo over vintage cars - or modern hatchbacks :thumbdown:

Oh well, the path less trodden and all that... :wink: