Who could have imagined a 1920 LNWR Special Saloon stealing the show at the world’s biggest motor sport event? Yet that’s what’s happened at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust were approached earlier this year to see if their magnificent Royal Saloon no. 45000 was available for inclusion in the special 'Cartier Style et Luxe' enclosure at the event, celebrating Royal travel through the ages in this Diamond Jubilee year. The volunteer team working on the internal restoration of the vehicle worked hard to get it ready for the event – due to its size & weight it was transported to Goodwood by special low loader, to be in place before other exhibits.
Four of the restoration team staffed 45000 at the event, and were kept very busy by the 9000 or so visitors – from at least 23 countries - to the carriage over the four days. All visitors (& the organisers) praised the vehicle as a supreme example of a bygone age of luxury travel, and commented on the high standard of restoration. A favourite comment was that it was the star attraction of the event!
During the festival a television company used the coach for an interview with Lord March.
The above photo's record the arrival at Goodwood, preparation by the exhibition staff, who installed stairs at each end of the vehicle, and the PRCLT volunteers who accompanied the vehicle throughout the visit. They were on hand to tell visitors of the history of 45000, spending four extremely long days working hard, so hard in fact, that they were unable to take a look at all the other events and attractions at the festival!
The four volunteers are captured standing with their charge in the photo immediately above.
Left to right: John Balls, Graham Pool, Ray Freeman and David Hipkiss.
Photo's: David Hipkiss