The Goodwood 77MM

We said we were back and we’d try to catch up on what has happened over this year… After Mario’s problems on A photographic day out was off the road for a few of months while James did some work on improving the brakes, repairing the seat that got damaged at the Revival and some general tidying up – it’s been nearly 20 years since we finished the restoration and he’s done pretty well but had some wear and tear that need dealing with.

The first major event of the year was the Goodwood Members Meeting The 77MM, held in early April. This year James was away navigating on the Flying Scotsman so I decided that I would leave Mario at home rather than risk being on my own with him in the dark and bad weather. As it was, the weather was kind this year, no snow, dry and sunny and I didn’t need as many layers as previously. Sadly the later date and better weather meant that the daffodils were nearly over.

First a tenuous link to Mario with a few Fiats – I loved the gorgeous 1958 Fiat Abarth 750GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato Coupé in the Bonhams auction. Unfortunately the £86,250 the winning bidder paid, put it rather out of my budget! Another all time favourite is the ‘Beast of Turin’, this Fiat S76, land speed record car is a crowd pleaser and is just awesome to see racing, other cars have to overtake to the right to avoid being scorched by the flames – real Wacky Races stuff.

David Coulthard was racing the iconic Gullwing Mercedes and helped to launch the ‘Silver Spitfire’ flying round the World project.

Other ‘celebrities’ included Nick Heidfeld and Mario’s mate ‘Mr LeMans’ Tom Kristensen.

As we work at the Revival, the 77MM weekend gives the opportunity to enjoy an event at leisure and actually see some racing. I had a good time meeting up with friends and being able to wander around with the camera. It was interesting to be out at Madgwick Corner on Saturday as the light faded and the Le Mans Cars took to the track, although it must be the coldest spot on the circuit! The following ‘party’ was great but the later date and hence clock change meant it all happened a bit later and I left before the fireworks.

My favourite race of the meeting is the SF Edge Trophy for Edwardian cars. Fantastic beasts with their drivers rather precariously balanced on their machines are a great spectacle.

Always loads to see and a real variety of cars.

Back soon with more of our year…


Goodwood FoS, the best bits…

June brings the Goodwood Festival of Speed, although this event is our least favourite of the Goodwood spectaculars, we do still like to visit. We decided to only go on the Thursday (moving Motor Show) and Friday due to time, money and friends plans.

Over the years since the first FoS in 1993 and as the Goodwood Revival and the New Members Meeting have developed, the FoS has definitely made a move towards the modern end of the Motoring spectrum and as such our interest has wained, in an event that back in the day was jaw-droopingly impressive and a must do on the calendar. Today it is a homage to the modern F1 and supercars, totally awesome to 8 year old boys but not quite so appealing to ‘sad old gits’.

However we are lucky enough to live within 25 minutes away – well make that an hour in Goodwood traffic with local knowledge – and so make the effort to attend, as there are still some elements of the show that we enjoy and it’s a great excuse to be sociable!

The Thursday was pleasantly spacious with a much smaller crowd and as the track is being used to demonstrate modern road cars gives an opportunity to look round the rest of the displays in relative peace and quiet. On Friday we had the opportunity to pop into the auction and go to the top of the hill to the rally stage, although our timing was rather off, as we arrived in the lunch break and during a long stop on the hill action after a big crash which damaged the hay bale ‘armco’.

Two days was enough to see what we wanted, although it would have been nice to have seen the huge welcome that the crowds gave, to FoS virgin Valentino Rossi, on the Sunday. Following is a pictorial diary of the bits we liked…

The Central Feature
A huge part of each years festival is the central feature, this year celebrating Mazda. We loved the curving structure as always designed by renowned sculptor Gerry Judah. The cars on the top were the 1991 Le Mans winning 787B Mazda and for the first time ever a concept car, previously only seen in a computer game, there is a great video of how it was made.DSC02267DSC02188 DSC02190 DSC02191 DSC02194 DSC02201 DSC02203 DSC02318

60 years of the Citroen DS
My personal favourites of the weekend was the Citroen DS class in the Cartier Style and Luxe, stunning cars especially loved the 1973 Familiale, a version of the Safari but with 9 seats would make a perfect stable mate for Mario and a great taxi for the Revival. Unfortunately most of the models in this class were very rare and hence very valuable.DSC02138 DSC02139 DSC02141 DSC02142 DSC02143 DSC02144 DSC02145 DSC02147 DSC02148 DSC02152 DSC02153 DSC02156 DSC02285 DSC02311 DSC02314Cartier Style et Luxe
The Cartier is always our favourite area of the event and as well as the Citroens it didn’t disappoint with  a fantastic Figoni et Falaschi class with the most beautifully designed cars including the magnificent Talbot-Lago which won the overall award.DSC02269DSC02171DSC02169DSC02172 DSC02161 DSC02162 DSC02164 DSC02177 DSC02178 DSC02179 DSC02181 DSC02183 DSC02271 DSC02280DSC02158The Auction
The Bonhams auction always contains a few gems, the ‘star’ cars were Stirling Moss’s 1961 Porsche RS61 Spyder Sports Racing which sold for £1,905,500 and a 1935 Aston Martin Works Ulster which had competed in the Mille Miglia, French GP and Le Mans and sold for £2,913,500. Personally we loved the two 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Bialbero Coupe’s with Zagato bodywork, even better the engine would fit in Mario! We saw Jean Todd having a wander around.DSC02353 DSC02355 DSC02356 DSC02359 DSC02377The Fiat S76
With just a bit more power than Mario this flame-spitting 300bhp Fiat broke the 1911 Flying Mile Land Speed Record. it has recently been restored and it was the first time it ran in public for more than a century.DSC02217 DSC02221 DSC02288Peugeot 404 Diesel
Another record breaker, in June 1965 at Monthéry this diesel 404 broke 40 records including a 100mph average for 72 hours, it has a production 1.9l engine.DSC02302 DSC02303

DSC02641Concept Citroen DS Divine
As you have guessed we don’t like modern cars but we did rather like this Citroen Concept car which was made up with a wonderful mix of diamonds.DSC02225 DSC02226 DSC02228 DSC02229 DSC02234 DSC02236The Jaguar Stand
Most of the major manufactures are at FoS and all seem to be outdoing themselves to have the biggest and most lavish stand. Even though we didn’t get ‘pies’ in the drivers hospitality this year Jaguar Landrover did have a fantastic stand with a tarmac ‘race’ track on one side and an articulated off road experience on the other.DSC02250 DSC02254 DSC02255 Rest of the event…
Don’t like Supercars but this Singer Porsche 911, a modern engineered take on an original classic, was pretty special, there was a Targa version in the Cartier too.DSC02290 DSC02291 It wouldn’t be FoS without an appearance of the Red Arrows, I got to see then on Saturday too when they flew over the house twice!DSC02443 DSC02456 It also wouldn’t be Goodwood with Sir Stirling Moss, here reunited with his Mille Miglia winning Mercedes, got a huge cheer as he went up the hill.DSC02529The 24 hour record breaking Renault 40cv Montlhéry Coupé in1926 with an average speed of 107.5mph.DSC02524 Even some of the food stalls were cute!DSC02583 DSC02585 DSC02609 The Bentley Speed-Six ‘Blue Train’ Coupé – in the 1920’s Woolf Barnato raced the night express train from Cannes to Calais, he was in his club in London before the train made Calais!DSC02645 We finished the weekend with a trip down on Saturday Night to our club house to watch the FoS Ball fireworks, and listen to the Kaiser Chefs across the field , another great Goodwood weekend.DSC02734 IMG_0920 IMG_0922You can see more pics of the weekend in our FoS15 gallery



Festival Fun… part 2

Continuing our musings and observations from this weekends Goodwood Festival of Speed…

Festival Ball Fireworks
On Saturday evening we popped down to Goodwood for a drink and to watch the Festival ball entertainment from a distance. The entertainment seemed to be a laser show with light lit dancers ‘fighting’ laser battles, this was followed by an awesome fireworks display which lit up the sky. We could just hear the sound of the Beach Boys playing in the distance but the wind was blowing the wrong way so it was very quiet.
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Cartier Style et Luxe
One of my favourite bits of FoS every year is the Cartier Style et Luxe, Concours d’elegance. Judged on design and style by a panel of guru’s from many disciplines, the event always brings together a collection of unique and fascinating vehicles. There were 7 classes ranging from Junior Sportscar of the 1920’s, Pre-war Supercharged Mercedes, Coach Built Maseratis of the 50’s to the Development of the Modern Super Car.

This amazing 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet was captured by the Russians during the war and driven back to Moscow where it was seen driving around for many years.
DSC02869 The 1971 Mazda RX500, seen in the UK for the first time was developed as a mobile test bed for high speed safety. Powered by a 491cc single rotor Wankel engine it had a top speed of 125 mph – is this the faster ever ‘micro’ car? The rear lights were intended to turn green under acceleration, orange when cruising at a constant speed and red when braking.DSC02930 DSC02935 I loved this 1964 ATS 3000 GTS. Automobili Turismo e Sport was founded by Ferrari defectors Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti with the aim of beating Enzo Ferrari at his own game. The company folded in 1964 and only a handful of cars were made. I don’t know where the Dragon on the bonnet badge comes from?DSC03320DSC02942The 2004 Peugeot 907 concept car had an incredible leather interior which smelt devine!DSC02876 The 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta has a wonderful name which I had know idea about. Mangusta is italian for Mongoose, an animal capable of killing Cobras – a subtile swipe at the famous AC/Shelby Cobra of the time.DSC03317A 1969 McLaren M12 GTDSC02873The Best in Show was won by a rather unassuming Maserati A6 CGS Berlinetta, which I didn’t even take a picture of!

McLaren were very much in evidence this year not only with the F1 team but the Road cars had a big presence and for the first time, unveiled a new model at the Festival – this McLaren GT, their latest competition race car.
DSC03178The McLaren 650S was making its Festival of Speed debut having been revealed at the Geneva Motor show in March. There was a great display of F1 and road McLarens lining the walkway  to the Drivers Club.DSC02830 Maserati celebrating their 100th anniversary, were another company making a splash with the UK public debut of the Alfieri Concept, named after one of the Maserati brothers who founded the company. The Alfieri received the Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes at the upmarket Villa d’Este concours in northern Italy. The style of the moment seems to be for highlights of bright colours, this does look pretty good.DSC02921 DSC02920 Maserati had some great older cars in their display, the first generation Ghibli model from the 60’s, an original super car which now looks very small and simple compared with the modern versions. I never used to like this sort of car but I’m beginning to find them rather attractive.DSC02919 This 60’s first generation Quattroporte was probably one of the rarest cars at the event and one receiving the least attention.DSC02915 DSC02912Paddocks
The paddocks are of course the place to see the cars close up but it is quite difficult to get pictures of them, barriers and people in the way plus they are often half in shadow, half in sunshine. This 1911 Fiat S76 was absolutely huge, built to capture the Land Speed record it achieved over 180mph in 1912 and hasn’t been used since 1914 until this weekend! Another fantastic huge beast was the Renault 40cv Montlhery Coupe built in 1926 which averaged 107.5mph over 24 hours at Montlhery. The 1935 Monte Carlo winning Renault Nervasport was beautiful and very very shiny. On the Monte the car had faced extremely harsh winter conditions, with icy roads and temperatures down to -20°C. It followed up with a win on the 1935 Liège-Rome-Liège race (4500 km in a single leg) and took second place in the Morocco Rally, behind Bugatti.

DSC03493DSC03438 DSC03427DSC02794 In my opinion the Martini branding is one of the most attractive ever seen in motorsport, seen here on the Jaguar XJ220GT once the fasted car in the world. It’s great to see the livery back this year on the Williams F1.DSC02883 The Audi Type C Alpine was glorious, particularly the lovely oil/fuel can on the running boards. Audi won the Austrian Alpine Rally three times in this model 1912-1914.DSC02826 DSC02823 DSC02819For many years it has been traditional for cars to come straight from the Le Mans 24hr to Goodwood complete with dirt and damage. This year was no exception with several teams making an appearance including the winning Audi. Looking at how cramped the cockpit is I wouldn’t want to spend 10 minutes let alone a share of 24 hours inside.DSC02694DSC02696DSC03518The Mercedes-Benz transporter is pretty awesome and love the fact that it was built to go fast; 105mph and sign written on the side in order to intimidate their competitors!DSC02767Rally Stage
The forest rally stage cut into the chalk and woodland at the top of the hill is a great if dusty attraction. The rally paddock at the top is much quieter and more relaxed, much more like the earlier festivals. This year for the first time the rally stage was timed making it more competitive – possibly the reason it was red flagged so often! Nine times World Champion Sebastien Loeb was very quick in the Citroen DS3 WRC but I don’t know the final results. Also seen on the course the iconic Subaru Impreza WRC from 1997, a 1972 Lotus Esprit with ski’s on the roof, right up to modern cars.
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In the air
The skies above Goodwood are also full of action with regular air displays including a Hunter & Canberra, Typhoon and the Red Arrows in their 50th anniversary year livery with Union Flag painted tails.
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Of course it is the stars old and current that the people come to see, as the event has become bigger it is harder to meet your hero’s, rather than just mooching around the paddocks they are ensconced in the privacy of the drivers club and make timed appearances on sponsors stands. In the old days I always came away from the festival clutching a full autograph book and with ‘selfies’ in the camera, these days I can’t be bothered to try and run from stand to stand to try and catch a glimpse of a driver or push and shove in a scrum near the F1 paddocks to get my book signed. I was in the right place and the right place to see a few and at least amongst them a couple of my personal favourites Jochen and Emanuele …
Jochen Mass – F1 and SportscarsDSC03442Ex Red Bull F1 and now Porsche Sportscar driver Mark WebberDSC03356 1970’s Ferrari, Williams and March F1 driver Arturo Merzario, he was one of the drivers who saved Niki Lauda from his burning car in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

DSC03315Emanuele Pirro, F1, Touring car and Sportscar driver, winning Le Mans 5 times.DSC03192Current Red Bull F1 test driver Sébastien Buemi takes a new Infiniti up the hill during the Moving MotorshowDSC03084

 Shoot out
The weekend ended with the timed shoot out, the aim to try to beat Nick Heidfeld’s fifteen year hill record of 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4-13 Formula One car. Since then the F1 cars haven’t been timed as they were thought to be too dangerous, the current cars cannot be run as it is deemed by the FIA to be ‘testing’.

The main contender was Sebastien Loeb in the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car. Unfortunately as the hill was running very late and Loeb had to leave he ran first. He made a good time but it was still three seconds off the record. No one else could come close and this made a bit of an anti-climax to the day.

Sebastien LOEB Peugeot 208 T16 ‘Pikes Peak’ 44.60
Michael BARTELS Maserati MC12 ‘Goodwood Cent 100’ 45.82
Kenny BRACK McLaren F1 GTR ‘Long Tail’ 47.52

We’d had a great weekend and decided for once not to stay for the prize giving as the afternoon was still running late. It had been another good year, we have never really watched the actual hill climb preferring to just wander around, chat to friends and generally soak up the atmosphere. My father had a brilliant day on Thursday and is still talking about it. It is through him that I got into cars and motorsport at a very early age spending much of my childhood standing in forests watching rally cars tear past or at Thruxton enjoying the destruction of Caravan racing. I suppose it wasn’t surprising that I ended up with a partner who has been car obsessed since he could talk. At least having a shared passion means we get to have great weekends together at events such as FoS, now we start looking forward to the best weekend of the year and one that Mario can join in… The Revival.

A perfect day for going topless!

Not wanted to cut Mario’s roof off, we went to the Goodwood Breakfast Club – Soft Top Sunday – yesterday in his elder brother ‘Regie’ the Renault 4cv Convertible. It was a beautiful ‘topless’ run down from Haslemere to Goodwood, other than the total a**e in a Porsche who proceeded to ‘boot’ it, overtake his mate, then slow down and pull over to let his mate pass back before pulling out right in front of us! All this on single carriageway roads with bends and dips and while he had his small children in the back! Unfortunately these idiots will end up spoiling breakfast club for everybody, as it’s only a matter of time before there is an incident, luckily it wasn’t us yesterday!

We arrived at the circuit and were let straight in with our pass and managed to park at the end of the start straight. The circuit was heaving with cars parked right round to Lavant – reports have said over 1000 cars in the circuit and 3000 in the public car parks, a popular event helped by a lovely sunny morning. We were snapped by Goodwood driving up the

We met our mate Craig who was there in Victors D-type replica.10424044_10204370138000313_721473847_o

Again there were a lot of standard modern convertibles about which really don’t interest us very much but unlike super car sunday there were many more classics, interesting stuff which you can’t see in any supermarket car park. This Citroen Mahari was lovely.

DSC01657 DSC01659 An Invicta and a Hispano Suisa made an impressive sight.DSC01663DSC01692 DSC01666 DSC01670 DSC01674 A great ‘shedy’ Austin 7 with a rather strange bonnet mascot.DSC01676 DSC01678 My first classic was an Austin A35 so thought this converted Austin was great fun. It didn’t appear to have any weather protection though so maybe not so useful in the UK.DSC01680 DSC01681 Really like this little Honda S800, in fact most of the small Japanese sportscars from that era are very appealing, maybe ‘Nippy’ the Subaru needs a friend!
DSC01684 This ‘Alfa Romeo’ was a brilliant project car made from bits of all sorts of things as the owner fancied a racing car and couldn’t afford one. Built very much in the spirit of the pre-war specials it was a lot of fun and was attracting a lot of attention.DSC01685 DSC01686 DSC01687You just have to love the ‘Argyle Sock’ – a Mazda MX 5 with a special paint job – sold in the UK in a limited set of 24, commemorating Mazda’s overall victory at the 24 hrs of Le Mans in the Renown Mazda 787 driven by Weidler, Herbert and Gachot in 1991. (seen here at the Festival of Speed). They were apparently imported into the UK in plain red and repainted, a major job as the whole vehicle including the engine bay has been sprayed.787b-9DSC01688 DSC01689 DSC01690 Wonder if this cute Figaro used the same paint shop as the Stag.DSC01693 DSC01694 DSC01696 Finally a few pics of Regie on the circuit after the crowds had thinned out.DSC01698 DSC01700 DSC01702 DSC01705As it was such a lovely day we went on down to seaside and then took a lovely country route home… a perfect day for going topless.

Goodwood 72nd Members Meeting… you had to be there

72Last weekend Goodwood hosted the 72nd members meeting, the 71st was held nearly 48 years ago! This recreated the regularly held members meetings of the 50’s and 60’s. The idea was to use up the last two ‘noisy’ days that Goodwood was granted when the circuit reopened in 1998 (the other three are the Revival Meeting in September) and hold a ‘club’ meeting. As keen supporters of Goodwood and longterm members of the GRRC, we ordered tickets when the event was announced last September and had a lovely surprise, when a beautifully presented pack turned up in the post containing the ‘tickets’, fantastic enamel badges.

DSC07808Taking a bit of a risk with the weather by organising an event in March, the Gods as usual, looked down favourably on Lord March and Saturday morning dawned with perfect Spring sunshine and over the weekend the temperature rose to nearly 20º – beautiful, as long as you kept out of the slightly chilly wind. We hardly needed the Tweed we had assembled in keeping with the smart country wear dress code!

Mario had been accepted to the Chicane Paddock, where nearly 200 cars were on display, members and guests were invited to vote for the ‘car who made them smile’. The winning car was a 1910 Rolls Royce. Mario came 7th a pretty good result and his friend ‘Luigi’ another Fiat 600d Multipla was 9th, if we could have added their scores together the ‘Multipla’ would have done very well. There was a good selection of cars, a cute pale blue Fiat 500 we parked next to, a great Commer camper van and a Citroen 2cv Dustbin with the rear filled with toy pigs! Our friend Richard brought his Ginetta down from Derbyshire but it’s so tiny he had to bring a second car to carry the picnic in!DSC06864 DSC06865 DSC06913DSC07282DSC06866


Initially it felt very strange to be at Goodwood and not to be working – since 1999 we have been part of the period taxi fleet at the Revival and on Saturday morning it was like being a ‘spare part’, I’m sure Mario was eager to get going driving people around. we saw quite a few of our regular Revival passengers though who were all pleased to see Mario in attendance although sad that he couldn’t give them a lift.

Saturday morning was practice for the 12 races mixed in with demonstrations at ‘speed’ for group C Le Mans Cars, 80’s Turbo F1 and Group B rally cars competing in a timed sprint. In the Afternoon the first of the races were run, with the bulk of the racing taking part on Sunday. The joy of this meeting was the lack of crowding with plenty of room to move around and unrestricted views. The lack of corporate hospitality meant that many more areas were open for viewing including the Pit Balcony and the inside of the Chicane which gave a very different viewpoint on the racing. The track also looked different as 300,000 daffodil bulbs had been planted around the circuit giving a beautiful yellow hue behind the cars.

The first race was part one of the Gerry Marshall Trophy, named in honour of the much-missed saloon car racing legend. Saturday’s race was a 15 minute qualifier for the 1970s and early ’80s tin-tops to decide grid positions for Sunday’s two-driver race, when car owners were sharing with past masters or current professionals. Ford Capris, Rover SD1s, Chevrolet Camaros, Mazda RX-7s, Triumph Dolomites, Vauxhall Firenzas and Alfa Romeo GTVs all competed in period-specific liveries. Our house captain (Torbolton) Emanuelle Pirro was second on the grid but a problem had him starting from the pit lane which led to an extraordinary 15 minutes of action as he worked his way from last to second, another minute and he would have been first.DSC06893 DSC06903 DSC06936 DSC06958 DSC06983 Refreshment stops also had a new look with the Super Shell building (normally reserved for VIPs) having a ‘make over’ to a late 70’s working mans club. The attention to detail was amazing with darts, snooker, comfy chairs and old fashioned tv’s showing the racing. Sausage rolls were sold by the foot and the bar was graced by a photo of Maggie Thatcher! The only thing missing to be authentic was a haze of smoke! For a more natural feel the Daffodil Bar in a marquee was filled with bulbs and flowers in wooden boxes nestling on bales of straw, some bales forming sofas covered in tatty tweed and even a tractor.DSC07006 DSC07016DSC07672The centre of festivities was the Great Hall, a Hogwarts take on a grand school hall with long candelabra decked tables and huge house shields hanging from the ceiling. All members had been allocated houses, just like school and as well as the drivers getting points for the racing there were many activities going on where members could win points for their house. DSC07082 DSC07062 DSC07067 DSC07070 The unique thing about the Members Meeting was that everybody was invited to attend a ‘party’ in the evening. As the final race of the day drew to a close as the sun set, the area behind the Great Hall was opened up. A period funfair set the scene with illuminated parades and circus acts, a hanger had been converted into a nightclub with the brilliant ‘Old Dirty Brasstards’ playing some great tunes. The atmosphere was fantastic and rather surreal with Grannies riding giant shopping trolleys and Nuns playing pianos. Mechanical fire breathing dragons constructed from hubcaps joined fairy light lit drummers, as the enthusiastic crowds partied. Mario’s ‘Human’ was celebrating his 50th birthday a week early – why throw a party yourself when you know Goodwood will do it so well – and we meet up with a large group of friends at the event and had some wine and cake before the festivities got underway, the cake was supposed to depict the ‘Col du Turini’ on a Winter Rally, including a snowplough (an old joke) which the cars had overtaken. The evening finished with a sky filling fireworks display.DSC07090 DSC07110 DSC07119 DSC07134 DSC07136 DSC07166 DSC07191 DSC07205 DSC07226 DSC07235 DSC07244Sunday morning was again bright although with a little more cloud cover then the previous day. The racing started in ernest. We watched the Sears Trophy for Saloons that raced between 1958 and 1963 from the pit balcony and stayed there to see the Low drag sports prototype demo roar past. These racers were from an era before they introduced chicanes at Le Mans to slow the cars down and although running behind a pace car at Goodwood and so relatively slow, you still had an indication of the speed as they accelerated along the start straight, James said the noise reminded him of being on the old pits at Le Mans in the 80’s .

DSC07291 DSC07297 DSC07322 DSC07387 DSC07397 DSC07427 A spectacular sight was a whole grid of Bugatti’s in the Grover-Williams Trophy. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of one of the most successful racing cars of all time, the Bugatti Type 35, this special one-make race featured a variety of pre-war models including variations on the T35 theme plus models such as the T51, T54 and T59.

DSC07439 DSC07449 The turbo-era F1 cars also did some demo laps. While racing originally ended at Goodwood in 1966, testing continued well into the 1980s, with Formula 1 teams sometimes using the venue to shakedown their machines. Iconic cars such as Senna’s JPS and Lauda’s championship winning McLaren driven by team reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, took to the track.DSC07499 DSC07515DSC07023 The John Surtees Trophy for sports racing cars that competed between 1960-1966 saw such beasts as GT40’s, McLaren’s and Lolas take to the track with some unusual machines little known in the UK. Easily the fastest field of the day they looked fantastic in the late afternoon sun.DSC07622 DSC07640The Last race of the meeting was the Salvadori Cup for sportscars 1955-1960, during this period Goodwood used to host rounds of the World Sports Car Championship so the field looked totally at home.DSC07685 DSC07705 Racing over it was time to go to the Great Hall for the prize giving. Fortified with glasses of Bullshot the crowd watched as Lord March and his daughter handed out medals and unique bottles of Goodwood beer topped with Theo Fennell designed silver bottle tops. The presentation really had the feel of school prize giving with heavy red curtains backing the stage and plain wooden chairs. Stirling Moss joined the Lord to present the awards for the ‘Moss Trophy’.

Finally the four house captains came on stage for the announcement that Methuen had won the battle and Mario’s old friend Jochem Mass was presented with the shield.DSC07772


All in all it was a fantastic weekend and while I’m sure we won’t be waiting another 48 years for the 73rd Members Meeting it certainly won’t be the same as the 72nd. The success of this years meeting must mean that future years will be much more heavily subscribed and the chances of having another such glorious weekend weatherise in March must be slim. I’m sure in future years it will be a case of ‘were you at the 72nd’ – if not you really missed out.