What's the story?
The trio of Series Land Rover recovery trucks are a familiar sight around Goodwood Motor Circuit and play a crucial role in keeping historic racing going at the track. If you’ve ever been to the Goodwood Revival, you’ve probably seen them in action, recovering broken classics from the track.
They belong to Everymans Garage, a family business just up the road from the Sussex circuit that’s been recovering vehicles since 1946. It was founded by current boss Gerald Brockhurst’s father and uncle.
Everymans Garage started trading in an era when recovery equipment tended to be home-made. ‘In the ‘50s you used to make a breakdown truck out of an old cart,’ says Gerald. ‘I remember my dad having a Series I with a Perkins P4 engine, which used to tow 8-Tom lorries.’ However, technology moved on and Land Rovers were replaced by lorries with sliding ramps or hydraulic lifting cradles. Then in 1998, on the Tuesday before the first ever Goodwood Revival, Gerald got a phone call from the organisers: they needed a recovery truck. By the end of the week he bought a Series IIA, FAP 843C, complete with Harvey Frost crane and had painted and liveried it ready for action.
For the next year’s Revival it was joined by EBP 905C (another Series IIA), and by the 109in FAB 462C a few years later, which is actually a Series III disguised as a Series IIA. These days Gerald’s team has become part of the fabric of Goodwood.
Our favourite bit?
They certainly look stunning trundling round the track. But get up close and you see that these are well-used old workhorses. But then they have led hard lives.
And the verdict from LRO writer Theo Ford-Sagers?
‘It’s a shame that technology has overtaken these veteran old cranes, but it’s a testimony to their durability that they still play their part at Goodwood.
Models: 2x Series IIA 88, Series III 109-inch l Engines: 2.25-litre petrol l Transmission: Four speed main/two-speed transfer box