Spotted in the Wild Special: Goodwood Supercar Sunday

Iso Grifo Series 2

A few of the more unusual cars at last Sunday's Goodwood Breakfast Club.

Of all the monthly Goodwood Breakfast Clubs, Supercar Sunday probably brings out the most eclectic mix of cars.  I suppose this has something to do with the rather ambiguous title, since 'supercar' can mean a lot of different things to lots of people.

I visited the event in Drive Cult's Daytona. As a front-engined GT car, I've never really considered it a supercar. I tend to reserve this title for mid-engined, multi-cylindered cars instead, but it was certainly in good front-engined company as I parked next to a Corvette Stingray. I think it was a 1965 model, since the badges on the side indicated it had a 396 big block installed and that engine option was only listed for that year.

The car that attracted the most attention (and a true supercar if ever there was one) was the new McLaren MP4-12C brought down by McLaren themselves. This particular example was a lovely shade of silver which suits the car very nicely, though in my view it's still a slightly bland shape.

Lamborghini pretty much defined the term supercar and there were plenty of their modern models in attendance, but the one that caught my eye was a front-engined Espada. Every bit as outlandish as its Miura and Countach contemporaries, it still looks like an escapee from a Seventies science fiction movie. It was parked next to a curiously modified Jaguar E-Type which had modern XK alloy wheels and by the sounds of things, the XKR's V8. I like the concept of 'resto-modifying' by put modern upgrades into older classics, but I felt that these modifications were one step too far, and that the spirit of the original had been lost.

A more traditional Italian GT (and one also familiar to Drive Cult readers) is the Iso Grifo. There were two examples there, but a gold coloured Series 2 example was attracting all the attention. The owner has completed a restoration on the car that took the best part of twenty years. Hopefully Dad's example will not take as long and will look as good.

Naturally for a supercar event, there were plenty of Ferraris present, but the most unusual was a 250 PF Series 2 Cabriolet. Sometimes confused with the 250 California, this was a Ferrari for the weathly to cruise the Rivera in the late Fifties.

The oldest car there was a Alfa 6C with bodywork by Touring. Very much a supercar of its era, it was my car of the event.

Adding to the eclectic nature of the cars on show were a couple of Austin Healey 3000s, a Datsun 240Z and a Plymouth 'Cuda - a rare sight in the UK! There were grumblings from a number of the spectators that these should not have been there as they werem't 'true' supercars, and to some extent I agree, but they added to the variety of the event and I'm glad they were included.