What makes a Sunday so special? It is the day of rest that us Brits tend to enjoy with family and friends, and is associated with doing things that we enjoy. On this day we can leave the work attire in the wardrobe and quite literally put on our Sunday best. And the car world appears to be no different. Most people drive to work in their very mundane cars, and by the time the weekend comes all they want to do is get the toy out of the garage and go for a pleasant drive. In most cases with other petrolheads and, quite naturally, this means that there are a handful of successful car meets taking place on this precious day.
Cylinder Club is a private car gathering founded and ran by Dick Lovett, a well established and family run dealership group based in the South West. Hosted on the picturesque grounds at Ferrari, Maserati & Porsche, the location is a spectacle in itself. The purpose of the event is to bring like minded people and their exotic cars together. To network with others, enjoy a spot of breakfast and to admire some wonderful cars. The showroom is exclusively opened up for the elite guests and live Jazz musicians create a relaxing atmosphere with their elegant music.
Holding an event at this time of year is usually at risk of the occasional April shower, however the weather does not disappoint. A beautiful Spring morning with clear blue skies for the sun to rise over the dealership, in the early hours. The perfect way to set the scene and for a variety of wonderful cars to arrive in style.
With an attendance of circa 150 cars it is impossible to feature them all, so here is a selection of some of my Sunday favourites. First and foremost the F40 and La Ferrari, arguably two of the best of the famous five, are on display in the showroom. These cars alone are enough to make anyone weak at the knees.
An aggressive Lamborghini Aventador SV stands out in a vibrant Arancio Atlas orange, parked alongside a Pagani Zonda and a Porsche 918. This is a dream line up for many onlookers.
The new Aston Martin DB11 is displayed in the immaculate workshop. This is an exclusive first look at the eagerly awaited new model which is due to hit UK roads towards the end of the year. On first impressions this car excites and attracts a lot of attention, many saying it looks better in real life than in the press release pictures. It was brought down to the event from Aston Martin HQ for Dick Lovett to promote the new model and create brand awareness for their new state of the art dealership opening in Summer 2016.
Outside of the showroom an abundance of new and old Porsche's attend. Models like the Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS have a good turnout, along with older classics like the lightweight 911 Carrera 2.7RS in a stunning Tangerine Orange.
A Jaguar F Type parked next to it’s older brother, the Jaguar E Type. Both in two varying shades of British racing green, a sign of the car's heritage some 40 years on.
A Keonigsegg koenigsegg Agera r makes a surprise late appearance and, without a doubt, it stole the show. It was fresh from a visit to a Vmax200 event the day before, where privileged owners meet at private runways to drive their cars to the limit.
Events like this are now a growing trend in the UK, with the Goodwood Breakfast Club and Pistonheads Sunday Service leading the way. In my opinion Cylinder Club was something else, creating a show and ambience that would be impossible to create elsewhere. It was arguably the quintessentially British equivalent to Cars and Coffee in Brescia, Italy, which was also held on the same Sunday.
Now that the economy looks to have recovered from the recession a few years ago, people are investing more money into their cars and the prices of them are continuing to rise. However, it is people at these types of meets that make me very jealous. Not only do they own some of the most sought after cars in the UK but they get to drive them around on a weekend. These enthusiasts are appreciating and enjoying the cars for what they are and showing them off as their Sunday best.
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