A Gordon-Keeble procession began at Southampton Airport this morning, Friday 27th June, marking the start of the cars’ return to their home area, a celebration spanning from 27th – 29th June. Forty-nine cars from around the world assembled in chassis order on the top floor of the airport’s car park - the building on the site of the previous factory – and drove in formation through Spitfire Loop in front of the airport’s terminal.
The cars continue their celebrations by visiting Beaulieu, Southampton Civic Centre, Winchester and Eastleigh High Street. They will even re-visit the fabled Jim Keeble test route where Jim personally tested each car at 140mph.
Jan Halliday, Southampton Airport’s Director of Marketing & Communications, said: “We were very honoured to welcome these rare Gordon-Keeble cars back to Southampton Airport, the place where it all began. It was fascinating to meet the people who had built these very special cars and to see the pride that their enthusiastic owners take in preserving the cars’ heritage.”
Mike Webster, of the Gordon-Keeble Owners’ Club said “The fiftieth anniversary is an important milestone and the GKOC felt it was essential to return the cars to their original home and enable the people of Hampshire to enjoy a world record gathering of them. We could think of no better place to start our celebrations than the original factory site"