A list of cars in a collection doesn’t sound like the most promising premise for a book. However, this is no ordinary collection, and no ordinary list.
We’ve all watched with envy as Roald Goethe gradually added any car that ran in those wonderful Gulf colours to his stable, and now that he has surely obtained every possible vehicle from Le Mans Porsches to a transporter to a modest Formula Ford, and the ROFGO Collection has its own impressive new home, it’s time to take stock – and the stock list is stupendous.
Like so many of us, Goethe was captivated as a youth by the striking blue and orange livery of the GT40s and Porsche 917s as they streaked down Le Mans’ legendary Mulsanne Straight.
Like so many of us, he had a Gulf GT40 model on his shelf. Unlike most of us, Goethe ended up in the position of being able to buy a real GT40, and to help acquire it he went to Adrian Hamilton, well-known historic car dealer and son of Le Mans winner Duncan. Soon he possessed not just any old GT40, but one of the JWA team cars, and began wondering if there was a theme he could build a collection round.