Goodwood Road Racing Club’s hotly-anticipated 72nd Members’ Meeting caused a sensation as its inaugural running took place in front of a highly-enthusiastic crowd on March 29-30.
The most important new historic motor sport event in over 15 years featured more than 400 iconic racing and rally cars going wheel-to-wheel and several high-profile celebrity appearances as the four Houses of Goodwood fought tooth-and-nail for the Goodwood House Trophy.
With intense on-track action backed up by off-track challenges all counting for House points – including traditional school sports day-style events, cocktail mixing, a tug-of-war and even welly wanging – the atmosphere of the event evoked the spirit of good-natured competition that is central to all Goodwood events.
An all-star line-up of cars included a high-speed parade of turbocharged Formula 1 machinery – featuring several ex-Ayrton Senna Lotuses and Tolemans – a glorious display of iconic Le Mans 24 Hours racers, the world’s largest Bugatti-only race and the first race to ever feature 1980s cars at Goodwood – The Gerry Marshall Trophy – ensured a great weekend for all.
Among the star names visiting the event were Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss, who was an avid spectator, DJ Chris Evans, Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy, international model David Gandy and celebrity chef James Martin – who raced his 1963 Morris Mini Cooper S in the Sears Trophy for production saloons on Sunday.
The event also featured spectacular Saturday night festivities, featuring a host of entertainment in The Great Hall, live music, circus acts, theatre and a steam fair – all finished off with the largest fireworks display ever witnessed at Goodwood.
Lord March said: “What a fantastic way to kick off this new event. The sensational selection of cars and drivers is just about the most diverse we’ve ever had at Goodwood Motor Circuit. From some of the most beautiful 1960s sportscars ever designed to the quite incredible noise of the turbo Formula 1 machines… And all in an intimate environment that allowed everyone to become a part of it themselves. Our challenge now is to make the 73rd Members’ Meeting even better!”