With financial support gone, Liddell asked Buckler to sell the car, and they did so via their busy distributor in New Zealand. It was campaigned by Ivy Stephenson, the country’s most successful female racer, but the rough circuits took their toll on the delicate aluminium bodywork. It was replaced with a fibreglass body made locally by Ferris de Joux, and the lightweight fibreglass resulted in just a 100kg penalty – a lot less than it could have been. The car now weighs around 550kg.
Bruce Ellwood bought the car in 2009 after it had been through some more owners and researched the car thoroughly to confirm its racing history and its originality. It came back to the UK in 2012 when Chris Jaques bought it, and 2017 saw its first outings in the UK. Success in hillclimbs preceded its return to Goodwood 63 years since it was last here.
Finally, there’s one coincidental link between the car’s current owner and its first. Adrian Liddell was a descendant of Alice Liddell who inspired Alice in Wonderland, and Chris Jaques is related to its writer, Lewis Carroll. An unrelated but almost literally poetic connection.