Our Goodwood reports always generate a lot of interest, the festival of speed and the revival are highlights of our calendar, and yours too, probably. There is, though, a third event which may not be on your radar. Indeed, we weren’t entirely sure of the application and entry criteria for the member’s meeting, we’re not members, after all, but Goodwood now sell tickets to non-members and seem to be encouraging the hoi polloi to join the members each spring. It’s a 3 day event. Here’s what junior Duisberg and I saw on the Saturday this year.

blue 911

There is a full day’s action, from classic touring car action, vintage single seaters and LeMans spec monsters as you see here. A favourite of mine was a demonstration run of classic F1 cars, including James Hunt’s Hesketh driven by his son, Freddie. This was no steady parade, cars overtook, span and were given a real workout and sounded incredible. The paddocks are all open, a real credit to Goodwood and the owners and drivers who allow fans to get up close and ask questions, but there was something about the atmosphere I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was impressive, but a bit serious, clinical. The dining hall was set out Hogwarts style with shields hanging from the ceiling. I didn’t see the point. Perhaps the cold had made me grumpy.

dining hall at goodwood members meeting

When buying a ticket you get a card allocating you to a team, public school style, different drivers are in different teams and the idea is to encourage you to support them accordingly. There are also events for families such as rugby and cricket and you can participate and win to add points to your team’s tally. Nobody much seemed to be bothering much with this. Our team was Torbolton. Junior told me that he is an actor who was in High School Musical. Whatever, we grabbed a coffee to warm us against the spring chill and watched the racing. The classic 911s were amazing, small and lithe unlike their modern descendants, and seeing rarities like the TVR Grantura and other mixing it was a rare treat. I hate adverts that state “too much to list”, but when trying to describe everything we saw there really is too much to list. I hope the photos Junior and I took on the day give a taste of the action.

Like all other Goodwood events there were stalls selling goods and Bonhams had a line up of fascinating classics. A Maserati Merak SS might not seem that special in the company of the others pictured here but it’s a favourite of Junior’s and therefore a favourite of mine. In the paddocks we snapped some glorious stuff like the RS2000, Rover SD1 and Mazda RX7 owned by friends of friends of MotorPunk, and I can never tire of pre-war Bugattis and other single seaters of that period. Wobbly wheels make me weak at the knees. Is that normal? I am sure Goodwood will get this event into the public eye more next year, and a bigger, warmer crowd will surely help the event develop to it’s full potential. Perhaps that will deter some of the super-hardcore members we saw. We’ll see. The member’s meeting is a fascinating event and you can bet on it being a firm favourite in time.

flying amg merc at goodwood

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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