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Goodwood Supercar Sunday – Great cars, shame about the weather

May 8, 2012

In my retirement, I have become more and more accustomed to getting up late. So it came as a bit of a struggle to leap out of bed at the first sound of the alarm clock radio at 5:57 a.m. on Sunday.
Cup of tea and a banana, ablutions, dressed and out the door by 6:40. Mark arrived moments after I’d got the GTO onto the drive and warming up. The forecast was dull and drizzly at home, cold but sunny on the South Coast. Just goes to show they don’t always get it right.

We had both wrapped up warm but, as it turned out, not warm or dry enough.

The drive down was uneventful, though we did see a smattering of other cars clearly also heading for Goodwood on the way.

There was the usual queue at the roundabouts to get in, though it did seem a bit worse than normal.

Once parked up we made a beeline to the nearest hot drink source, then started wandering and photographing.

The weather, meanwhile, was not getting any warmer – just wetter and windier. Our initial plan for a quick breakfast buttie on the move soon became a desire to sit somewhere warm to eat so we made for the cafe.

It was busy when we arrived and absolutely heaving by the time we finished. I’d never seen such a long queue.

Back outside, cars were still arriving and the Marshalls – bless their cotton socks – were struggling to find parking spaces, even for real Supercars. It turned out the event had been heavily publicised but the field normally used as a general car park was far too wet (and also full of sheep).

So we left a little earlier than normal, around 10:15. It took 20 minutes of queuing just to get out. Not only were cars still arriving, they were queued and dumped on the verges for a good mile North of the site – and probably in other directions, too. Surprise – it had been dry and bright all morning back home !

These photos and a few more are on my Flickr page. Other PistonHead members have posted hundreds more on the forum.

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