The fourth modern-day Goodwood Members ‘ Meeting took place in the 2.40-mile to the West Sussex circuit racing this weekend, with a series of exciting races historic racing machinery that form the centerpiece of an event that has consolidated as the third jewel in the Goodwood motor of the crown.
More small and, therefore, more accessible than the summer’s Festival of Speed and is less formal than that in the autumn of the Renaissance, the Member of the Meeting has an ‘anything goes’ environment that allows a 28 liter 1911 Fiat S76 from 1911 to grace the same track as a Porsche 911 GT1 from 1998 (although not in the same race, fortunately).
The modern incarnation of the event was founded by Goodwood owner Lord March of 2014 to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members ‘ Meetings held at the West Sussex circuit racing. The British Automobile Racing Club staged 71 events between 1949 and 1966, and the numbering sequence has continued into the modern era, with the meeting this year, being 75.
This year, two days of adventure featured a dozen races, including one for motorcycles, and three demonstration races that were every bit as head-turning as the competition action.
Parades are held three of the most iconic periods in the history of motorsport. The first, for 3 litres Sport Prototypes, included Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Matra, Lola and Mirage. The second, Legends of GT1, gathered a fascinating collection of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s endurance racing cars. The final parade was for the Group a touring Cars, which was divided into two sections, the first for the first GpA of machines, such as the Rover SD1, BMW 635CSI and Volvo 240 Turbo, and the second part for later cars like the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 and BMW M3.
The opening of Saturday’s race was the Derek Bell Cup one-litre Formula Three ‘other’, and pole-sitter Andrew Hibberd overcame a grassy moment on the first lap-streak clear in his Brabham BT18. His margin of victory was 38.335 sec. On the contrary, Sam Wilson (Techno) fended off Peter Thompson (Brabham) to the second position by a mere 0.36 sec.
The second race, the Gerry Marshall Trophy, a driver issue for touring cars. The pole position fell to Mark Blundell and Kerry Michael in a Ford Escort RS2000, but a penalty for a jumped start hindered their chances. The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 of Nigel Garrett, and Stuart Graham took up the running, before the Rover SD1 of Gordon Shedden and Chris Ward, moved to the fore and pulled clear for a convincing victory.
The Weslake Cup Series motor sports and GT cars that raced between 1958 and 1966 kick off the Sunday action in fine style. The victory finally was for James Colburn (Lenham Sprite GT), which had an excellent scrap with pole man Richard Woolmer (Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite) in the first few laps. Woolmer was withdrawn after a collision with another car, already recovered from a high-speed spin. After a red flag to clear the cars damaged in the incident, Colburn controlled the second part of the race.
Race four was the Brabham Trophy for rear-engined Grand Prix cars of a type that raced between 1954 and 1960. Sam Wilson (Lotus 18) made a strong start from the middle of the first row, but Andy Middlehurst soon made its way through the initiative and was pulling until a mechanical problem struck his Lotus. The story from then on was how Andrew Hibberd recovered from a slow start to pass Wilson and win by 1.06 sec.
The only race of motorcycles was the Halewood Trophy for the two-stroke 250cc and 350cc Grand Prix motorcycle of a type that raced between 1970 and 1984. It was mastered by Mike Edwards on a Yamaha TZ350E.
The sixth event, the Scott Brown Trophy, was attacked by a huge field of Listers and honored Archie Scott Brown, who overcame a physical handicap to achieve great things in Lister racing cars. Philip, Eager to win in a Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’.
The Delage DH V12 Mathias Sielecki used their enormous power to the edge of the most agile GN Curtiss Patrick Blakeney-Edwards in the SF Edge Trophy, without a doubt, the most remarkable of the race of the meeting. Named after the pre-war racer and record-breaking Selwyn Francis Edge, the event addressed Edwardian Special from a guy who ran until 1923.
Graham Hill Trophy for 1960-66 GT racing cars was the TVR Griffith 400 of Mike Jordan and Mike Whitaker. The little TVR muscular in a piece between two AC Cobras, led by Michael Gans/Andrew Wolfe and Shaun Lynn/Emanuele Pirro. Jordan, driving the TVR at the end of the race, overtook Wolfe around the outside to claim the lead and pulled away as the Cobra began to struggle with a puncture.
Christian Gläsel (Alfa Romeo Type B) won the Varzi Trophy for the French and the Italian Grand Prix and Voiturette cars of a type that ran until 1939. The second Gerry Marshall Trophy race, this time a shorter event with no driver changes, it went the way of Chris Ward, who followed up Saturday’s success with a 2.65 sec victory of Mike Whitaker.
Ground-shaking V8-powered pre-1966 touring cars took center stage at the Pierpoint Cup. Steve Soper led away in his Ford Mustang, but become embroiled in a heated battle with Craig Davies, which culminated in them both going off the circuit. Davies recovered and went on to win.
The end of the race was the Surtees Trophy for canam car machines. At dusk, Simon Hadfield and Tony Sinclair fought in his Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyders, with the former making a pause after a mid-race safety car period.
Another non-competitive stand-out moment was the ex-pilot of Formula 1 David Coulthard harassing a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL gull wings all around the circuit.
Among a number of emotional tributes to John Surtees, who died earlier this month, was a “minute of noise”, during which those in the paddock is invited to rev the engines of their cars in a tribute to the 1964 world champion and Goodwood unconditional.