A FLEET of rare Gordon-Keeble Cars returned to their ‘birthplace’ at Southampton Airport to celebrate 50 years since production of the car started in 1964.
Built at the airport, in the building also famous for the production of the early Spitfire aircraft, the cars were manufactured there until 1966.
A Gordon-Keeble procession began at the airport on Friday morning, marking the start of the cars’ return to their home area.
The celebration took place over the weekend.
Almost 50 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.
Jan Halliday, the airport’s director of marketing and 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.’
The cars continue their celebrations by visiting Beaulieu, Southampton Civic Centre, Winchester and Eastleigh High Street.