Gaydon Gathering July 2023 – Report

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I, my son and hundreds of other car enthusiasts braved potential inclement weather to attend the July session of the Gaydon Gatherings. Despite dark clouds and some rain accompanying our journey, the rain held off for most of the time during the event.

This is what I said in my report on the last ‘Gathering’ I attended and I think it is worth repeating – “I had the privilege of attending a Gaydon Gathering and was blown away by the wide range of interesting and even rare cars on display. Whoever it was that came up with the idea of the British Motor Museum holding these monthly Gatherings during Spring, Summer and Autumn months, they were inspired. These events have certainly captured the imagination of classic car owners and enthusiasts from near and far, long may it continue.” And it has!

The piece saying that I was “blown away” by the eclectic mix of cars, was equally true last night. The star of the show was the TWR Jaguar XJS racing car. Initially on display outside the Museum then later in the evening raced up the exit road and back with the iconic roar of the 5.3 Ltr. V12, 500 bhp, engine’s exhaust notes reverberating around the car park and surrounding countryside. My son said that it was worth him coming just for that!

Here are a few of the cars that caught my attention at the July 2023 Gathering –

TWR JAGUAR XJS

1984 TWR Jaguar XJS 5.3 Ltr. at the British Motor Museum

1984 TWR Jaguar XJS 5.3 Ltr. at the British Motor Museum. Rear

OTHER JAGUARS

Project 6

Project 7

XJ R

Replica 'Union Flag' XK8 from the film 'Goldmember'.

AUDI R8

Audi R8

Audi R8 Rear

HONDA INSIGHT HYBRID

2000 - 2006 Honda Insight Hybrid Electric

2000 - 2006 Honda Insight Hybrid Electric. Rear

SUNBEAM TIGER ROADSTER

Sunbeam Tiger Roadster with non standard "air scoop".

TVR CERBERA

TVR Cerbera

TVR Cerbera. Rear.

PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM

1995 Fourth Generation Pontiac Firebird Trans AM

FIAT 500 ABARTH

Fiat 500 Abarth

MG TD

MG TD

HISTORIC MARATHON RALLY GROUP CARS

HMRG BMC ADO17 & Triumph 2500 Pi

HMRG Triumph 2500 Pi & BMC ADO17

THE LAST OF THE BEST?

THE REPLACEMENT

Slovakia Assembled Defender

Slovakia Assembled Defender. Rear

AND AN ALTERNATIVE

INEOS Grenadier. INEOS Grenadier. Rear.

AND FINALLY ……..

Renault Clio in distress.

Renault Clio in distress. Rear.

Nick

 

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