3rd Breakfast Meeting

For the 3rd Time we were invited by James & Karen Philllips to their home at Highclere Park for Breakfast. On a bright sunny Sunday morning a stunning assembly of Jaguars, Aston Martins, Bentley's gathered and gleamed in the sunshine,whilst the aroma of freshly cooked Bacon and Egg rolls drifted across the park. We were joined by the Countess of Carnarvon who talked about Highclere Castle, the Downton Abbey effect and the forthcoming Heroes at Highclere day. James Phillips spoke about the Ark charity run from Basingstoke Hospital to Highclere Castle next September. The run in memory of Geoff Saunders, well known Bentley driver and supporter of the Ark charity. The aim is to raise money for a state of the art Cancer Treatement Centre in Basingstoke. Lady Carnarvon had on show the family 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III orignally bought by the 6th Earl of Carnarvon and sold in 1949 now re-purchased by the present Earl of Carnarvon and restored. Despsite the beautifully restored Rolls Royce the undoubted star of the day was a Bristol Teardrop Special, This car is well known on the Internet for its appearance at the 2012 Goodwood Revival and where there is some debate about is it a replica or a re-creation. For my money I come down on the side or re-creation, It is a based on a modified Bristol 406 chassis with a 6 cylinder, 2.0 L supercharged engine. It has been restored over a number of years and rebodied to look like a 1938 Talbot Largo. The original, styled by Figoni and Falaschi is a truly stunning piece of Art Deco, faithfully reproduced by Spencer Lane Jones Ltd.
Our grateful thanks to Karen & James for their hospitality. A beautiful morning, a great breakfast, wonderful company, surrounded by beautiful cars, we could not have asked for more.

Bristol Teardrop Special

More pictures of the day and the great time we had can be found in the gallery

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