When you get an invite to go to Goodwood, for me no matter what the event the iconic venue trumps anything already in the diary, especially when it’s The Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting and historic motor racing. I don’t know what it is about the place that makes it feel so special to me, maybe it’s the attention to detail and the preservation of the period look and feel that is everywhere around the place…anyway it’s my favourite motorsport venue in the UK by far.
This exclusive event is back for it’s 2nd year in a row after a long hiatus from the once traditional BARC Members Meeting at the Goodwood Motor Circuit held between 1944 and 1966. The limited invite event has much fewer visitors than it’s bigger brothers – The Festival of Speed and the throw back – Revival which made the Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting that little bit more special.
In a sea of wax and tweed I was immediately captured by the atmosphere – everyone was there to share in a passion of motor racing and despite it’s exclusivity it was an inclusive friendly gathering of purist car guys and gals, or gent and ladies should I say. Lots of people associate Motor racing especially historic with money, and yes there was a lot wondering round but the common bond of the car dispels that elitist feeling at most Goodwood events in my opinion.
Racing is racing – Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting
Under the Goodwood Road Racing Club’s watch full eye GRRC Members and a small amount of non-members were treated to a full programme of period racing, from Group C LeMans racers to High Box 70′ F1 cars, there was an eclectic mix. Non of the races were treated as precessions either, these cars came to race and race they did…it was edge of seat stuff as priceless machinery were dog fighting perilously close to the line of exchanging paint. It was fantastic to see these cherished machines driven how they were meant to be.
I was pinned to the 60’s Porsche 911’s attacking the Goodwood tarmac, automotive journalist and all round cool car guy Chris Harris was at the wheel of Howard’s (from Take That’s) 65 and Andrew Jordan from the BTCC touring car driver race series was hammering round in the number 64 car run by Porsche Historika. The Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting not only attracted the cars to come and play but some top talent as well.
Around the Paddock
The Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting was no exception to what has become synonymous with Goodwood and that’s being able to get up close and personal with the vintage machinery. McLaren F1 GTR’s shared the same stables as Beetle’s, Mini’s and Rover touring cars. Where ever I looked there was another iconic race car I’ve thrashed around the Nurburgring on Gran Tourismo to explore and fill my memory card up with snaps.
Lord March, the hard working team down at Goodwood and the GRRC have made The Members Meeting a firm favourite in the Motorsport calendar I’m already looking forward to making the trip down to Sussex next year.