The Goodwood Festival of Parking 2012 - Part Two

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It's part two of PetrolBlog's Festival of Parking - an alternative look at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012.

Hot on the heels of part one of PetrolBlog's Festival of Parking, it's time for part two. Another ten cars that graced the car parks of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012.

It was the Golf Country, BMW 1600 and Ford Scorpio that, following the last update, received the most attention on twitter, so it will be interesting to see which of these cars catch the eye.

Ford Mondeo BTCC replica

Mk1 Ford Mondeo BTCC replica at Goodwood

Rear of MK1 Ford Mondeo BTCC replica

It's hard to believe that it's nearly 20 years since the Ford Mondeo burst onto the scene. Replacing the Sierra was never going to be an easy task, but it's fair to say that the Mondeo has gone on to be quite a success.

The Mk1 Mondeo is one car from the mid '90s that's growing old rather gracefully. Naturally there are a lot of examples that are doing anything but growing old gracefully, with many cars falling into disrepair and beyond Bangernomics territory. But in the right colour and in good condition, they look bloody good.

Which is why this BTCC replica caught my eye. It's a faithful recreation of the Rouse Sport Mondeos used in the 1993 and 1994 championships, probably my favourite touring cars era. I'm not normally a fan of replicas, but this one has got me updating my eBay watch list and thinking about a similar project of my own...

Opel Monza 3.0 E

Opel Monza 3.0 E at Goodwood FoS

Rear of Opel Monza 3.0 E at Goodwood FoS

I've always fancied a Monza, but if I'm being honest, it would have to be a late GSE model, preferably in white. That said, it was still nice to see a 3.0 E in original condition. At the time this was the fastest Opel ever to be produced with 178bhp on tap from its straight-six 3.0 engine. It would go on to a top speed of 134mph and it doesn't take much imagination to see one in the outside lane of the German Autobahn, headlights blazing.

The Monza is rare site on Britain's roads these days, with around 20 non-GSE models left on the road.

Volkswagen Polo Fox

Original VW Volkswagen Polo Fox

Back of original and unmodified VW Polo Fox

With its three-door configuration and near-vertical rear end, the Mk2 Polo is like a fun size shooting brake. Most of the cars left on the road are getting a little tatty or have been modified to death by the scene boys.

So it was good to see an original Polo Fox still on its original wheels. With the dealer number plate and rear window sticker still in place, along with the Fox decals and Polo mud flaps, you can guarantee that this car is original. I even like the VAG number plate. A polo to cherish.

Renault Spider

Renault Spider at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

I can't remember the last time I saw one of these on the road, so it was good to see one at Goodwood, especially parked alongside a Lotus Elise.

It has the 2.0 litre engine from the Clio Williams and was produced by Renault as some kind of halo product for its sporting cars. Built using an aluminium chassis and a plastic bodywork, the little Spider weighed just 930kg. There was no optional roof, so whilst the Spider would be ideal for tearing around the roads of southern France, it was less than ideal for a damp Britain. Even with its fiddly roof, the S1 Elise made much more sense.

Left-hand drive cars were produced with a wind deflector which created an 'air screen' in front of the driver. For the UK market, a proper windscreen was installed, but only 60 cars were sold. Production lasted for just 18 months, making the Spider an obscurity and a rarity.

There are clearly fans in the UK as there are 72 registered as either on the road or SORN, meaning some LHD cars have been imported. I particularly like the How Many Left? graph which shows the Spiders coming in and out of hibernation!

Alfa Romeo 155 16v

Alfa Romeo 155 16v at Goodwood FoS

It's always good to see an Alfa Romeo 155. I know this will upset the purists but for me, the late '80s and '90s were Alfa Romeos best years. Give me a 164 or 155 and I'd be happy.

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE at Goodwood

I'm straying outside of PetrolBlog's natural territory here, but I was struck by the grace and splendour of this Mercedes-Benz W108. With a 2.8 litre engine and automatic 'box, there can't be many more relaxed ways of touring the English countryside. The 280 SE was easily the most successful of the 280 range, with over 90,000 cars produced during its five year lifespan in the late '60s and early '70s. A classic.

Ford Capri 2.8 injection

Ford Capri 2.8 injection on Pepperpot alloy wheels

From an immaculate Merc to a tired but wonderful Capri 2.8i. You've gotta love the original ‘Pepperpot’ alloy wheels and, even in a slightly worn condition, it still had way more charm than the cars around it. Once a Capri lover, always a Capri lover...

Alfa Romeo 164 Super 3.0 V6

Belgian Alfa Rome 164 Super 3.0 V6

Belgium registered Alfa Romeo 164 Super 3.0 V6 at Goodwood

Did I mention '90s Alfas early on? Look at this lovely Belgian-registered 164.

I'm not convinced that the aftermarket chrome wheel arch trims are a good idea, but the addition of Cloverleaf side skirts are a bit of a win. One day I'll own a 164. One day.

Saab 900i

Saab 900i saloon at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The 900 saloon may not be as desirable as its hatchback equivalent, but I was rather taken by this 900i without its wheel trims. Proper job!

Renault Avantime

Renault Avantime at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

Rear of Renault Avantime at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

Following part one's Vel Satis, here's the equally bonkers and brilliant Avantime. I still want one of these - they never fail to raise a smile.

And look, another ex-Renault management car. Brilliant.

Part three coming soon. In the meantime, check out part one here.