Eye Candy: American pony cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Photos by Goodwood Festival of Speed

Amid all the European finery, vintage race cars and exotics that made up England’s annual Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, there were some familiar faces from this side of the pond.

Mustangs, Camaros, Barracudas and a few other pristine examples of American “pony cars” were a featured class in this year’s Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance on the grounds of the Goodwood House in West Sussex, taking their places among the top-drawer array of concours entries.

Prompted by the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, the seven pony cars on display were:

* One of the original 1964-1/2 Mustang convertibles.

* A 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350.

* A rare 1970 AMC Javelin SST Mark Donohue Edition.

* A 1965 Plymouth Barracuda with its distinctive wraparound rear window.

* A 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28.

* A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A.

* A 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7.

* A super-rare 1966 Beverly Hills Mustang Mustero, a real oddball that combines the Mustang sports coupe with the pickup bed of a Ranchero. Just 50 were made.

The pony cars were not the only American beauties on display at the exclusive concours d’elegance. The Cartier event also showed off some of the big 1950s and early 1960s land yachts that the concours called the “Mad Men” class.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, which combines a sweeping collection of classic cars with a competitive hillclimb race, took place June 26-29. The annual event that refers to itself as “the largest motoring garden party in the world” was founded in 1993 by Lord March to return motorsports to the Goodwood estate.