If you’re a frequent reader of our website, you’re aware that I divided my day with Ferrari 488 GTB owner Toby in two articles. This one is part two, so if you haven’t checked out the first part, click here and make sure to come back after reading it. This part will be about our visit to Simon Furlonger Cars and a private car collection in Kent.
The dream workshop
When we drove from VVS UK to Simon Furlonger Cars the weather was horrendous. Toby is a very good driver and performed some impressive accelerations along the way, but as you can see on the pictures it was almost impossible to get any good outside shots. When we arrived at Furlonger, the weather still hadn’t cleared up so we couldn’t take any cars out for a ride. There are some plans to collaborate with Simon Furlonger Cars in the future, so no worries!
We were welcomed by salesman Matthew Honeysett and after a drink, he showed us around the workshop and happily provided more information about the various cars. The yellow F48, for example is – disrespectfully said – a poor man’s F40. The Munich-based car tuner, Koenig, modified a stock Ferrari 348 TS with extensive bodywork and an upgraded engine. We wandered through the workshop and stumbled upon a 250 GT Lusso in for a service and Matthew showed us the roof mechanism of their 575 Superamerica. I always found the roof mechanism of this car impressive; it doesn’t fold in, the whole roof just flips 180° and rests on the luggage area.
Supercharged Ferrari 275 GTB/2
We then walked towards the proper showroom. And with proper, I mean real serious stuff. What to think about a Classische Certificated Enzo, a Classische Certificated F50 and the ‘’Colonel’’ 275 GTB/2. Although Furlonger is mainly focused on Ferraris, they also had the third Countach imported into the U.K., a Bugatti EB110 and a super rare Jaguar XJR 16. The latter was the more successful one of the two XJR 16’s Jaguar used in the IMSA Championships in the early 1990s. It managed to win four races in 1991 which resulted in a 3rd place in the Championship. The car also finished third in the 1992 24 hours of Daytona.
Back to the Ferraris.. the 275 GTB/2 mentioned earlier was first owned by Mr Ronnie Hoare, also called the ‘’Colonel’’. Ronnie Hoare is widely known as the Colonel. Thanks to his efforts, Ferrari became an established brand in the United Kingdom. He sold this Celeste Chiaro Metallizzato 275 GTB/2 to Mr. Raymond Thompson of Sussex after meeting him in Paris the week before. In February 1968, the car changed hands once again. Thompson sold the car to a Mr. David Griffith-Hughes for £3750.
Autocar author Ronald Barker (1920 – 2015) wrote an article called ‘’FERRARISSIMO!’’ and described the journey of Griffith-Hughes fitting a supercharging to the V12. He always dreamt of owning a Ferrari, but also wanted to know how smooth a 12-cylinder would run with a turbo. Click here to give the original article a read.
Private collections don’t get any better
After leaving Simon Furlonger Cars, Toby and I were craving for some food. After a pizza and a burger we were off to see a private collection in the Kent area. We were shown around by Ollie Streek, son of the owner of the collection. The collection is spread out over three garages. The first one had some of the highlights of the whole collection: an newly acquired F40, a pristine condition F355 Berlinetta, Dino 246 GTS and a few more Ferraris. None-Ferraris worth mentioning were a Jaguar Project 7, a low mileage Ford GT40 and a Lamborghini Diablo and Countach, both finished in black.
Toby mentioned the collection in earlier conversations and said there was a blue 365 GTB/4 as well. I asked Ollie about the car and he told it was in the second garage. This garage had the 365, but also contained a few Datsun’s, Bentley’s and proper war machines such as a tank that served in the Afghanistan war. The 365 GTB/4 Daytona sat on a service bank because it was used at the Le Mans Classics in June earlier this year and needed a little check-up.
To my surprise, both these garages were just half of the whole collection. At first glance, the third garage was pretty regular, but when Ollie opened all the doors I was speechless. Among all the memorabilia, an Aston Martin DB4, DB9 and DBS were parked in the first section. The second door went up and we were welcomed by a TVR, Lotus Esprit, a proper Formula 1 car, a Porsche 911, a classic Mustang and the first ever Lotus 7 produced. While wandering through the garages, I noticed two Jaguar E-types: a coupe and roadster. Just like Enzo Ferrari, I have to admit the coupe is certainly among the most beautiful cars ever made.
I’d like to thank Toby for the great day, Matthew at Furlonger for kindly showing us around the cars and Ollie for his hospitality.