Goodwood Breakfast Club

2009 GOODWOOD BREAKFAST CLUB SEASON GETS OFF TO A MANIC START

The first of this year’s ten Goodwood Breakfast Club meetings got off to lively start on Sunday 1 March when an impressive selection of Minis, and other small family favourites, descended on Goodwood for the ‘Mini Mayhem’ theme to help kick off the 50th anniversary Britain’s best-loved and most iconic car.

Despite an overcast sky, the first 2009-season Breakfast Club meeting tempted many small car enthusiasts out of their long winter hibernation. 

The owners and enthusiasts of the huge variety of minimalist motoring took to the picturesque West Sussex roads for an enjoyable Sunday morning drive, before displaying their machines at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit; home to many a Mini race in its racing heyday.  The only taxing issue of the day was choosing what to have for breakfast from the tempting selection of Goodwood’s own organic fayre. 

Amongst the various Minis, Lotus, Morgans and Fiats arriving at the circuit, a special Goodwood display of interesting small cars included a classic 1967 Mini Cooper S and the UK public debut of the brand new Toyota iQ city car, kindly loaned for the day by Toyota UK.  And celebrating the arrival of her fabulous new 2009 Fiat 500 Abarth was Wendy Jenkins, who was full of excitement that Sunday had arrived so that she could drive her lovely new acquisition to Goodwood to join the Breakfast Club crowd.  “It was either a new kitchen or a new car – and the car won!” said a very proud Wendy.

Many visitors enjoyed a hearty breakfast, made with Goodwood’s delicious home-reared organic ingredients.  Some visitors also took advantage to slowly tour the Goodwood circuit by tractor and trailer. 

Most Goodwood Breakfast Club meetings are held on the first Sunday of the month, with the next event, on 5th April, set to attract a wealth of family favourite saloons and estates, from the Ford Cortina and Morris Minor, to the more recent Sierra Cosworth and pioneering Renault Espace.

A full list of the remaining 2009 Goodwood Breakfast Club dates and themes is as given on the following page.  All Breakfast Club meetings are free to attend, and will be staged from 08:30hrs to midday.  Goodwood is encouraging Breakfast Club visitors to pre-register their intention to visit the monthly event to gauge numbers, vehicle types, and so on, by visiting www.goodwood.co.uk/breakfastclub.  By pre-registering on the website, all visitors will also have the opportunity to win a flight in Goodwood’s own Harvard historic warbird during the popular Goodwood Revival, which is being held this year from 18-20 September.

The Goodwood Breakfast Club is held on the first Sunday of every month, from March to December, with the exception of July and September, which have been rescheduled for 2009 as indicated (*).  Meetings are held from 08:30hrs to midday.

Sunday Date Goodwood Breakfast Club Theme 2009 5 April:  ‘Fabulous Family Favourites – from Fords to Flaminias’ Attracting:  Any practical collector’s car with room for all the family, plus four-seater and fixed gear aircraft.  3 May: ‘Everything But The Car – from Bikes and Buses to Tractors and Trucks’ Attracting: All forms of motorised transport except conventional passenger cars.  Motorcycles, scooters, three-wheelers, campers, light and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road workhorses, other utility vehicles and even aircraft are all welcome – nothing is too bizarre! 7 June: ‘Supercar Sunday – the Ultimate Performance Machines’ Attracting: Mouth-watering (and mostly mid-engined!) ultimate performance cars and exotic superbikes, plus aerobatic aircraft. 28 June*:  ‘Performance Car Legends – post-1970 Driver’s Cars’  Attracting:   Sports and GT cars from the 1970s to the present day, from Jensen Interceptor to Ariel Atom, as well as Lotus, Caterham, TVR, Porsche and many more, plus retractable aircraft. 5 July:  Not held due to Goodwood Festival of Speed (3-5 July) 2 August:   ‘Soft Top Sunday ­– a Taste of the British Summer’ Attracting:   Roofless cars of all ages, shapes and sizes, plus all open cockpit aircraft. 30 August*:  ‘Thoroughbred Sunday – the Quintessential Classic Car and Motorcycle’ Attracting: Any pre-1966 road vehicle or aircraft in the spirit of Goodwood circuit’s golden days. 6 September:    Not held due to Goodwood Revival preparations(18-20 September) 4 October:   ‘Maserati Magnifica ­– a Tribute to the Trident and other Italian Icons’ Attracting:       For all Maseratis and any other Italian collector’s vehicles, from a Lambretta to a Lamborghini, plus Continental aircraft. 1 November:    ‘Souped-up Sunday – Modified and Custom Vehicles of all Ages’ Attracting:     Everything from hot rods and custom cars to contemporary urban cruisers, plus home-built aircraft. 6 December:  ‘Breakfast Club Christmas Cracker’ Attracting:  Any cherished car or aircraft, preferably with a heater and plenty of boot space for your Christmas shopping.  Yule be glad you came!


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