Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM
Goodwood Members Meeting 2018 – 76MM as GRRC fans tend to call it, is a great event in the Historic Motorsport calendar. In fact one of the first things I do is find out the dates for Goodwood Members Meeting & Revival & get them in the diary as soon as they are announced. This fantastic event shares a lot with Goodwood Revival & the Silverstone Classic.
What sets it apart from Revival is that it is primarily for Members of Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC). Members get first chances to buy tickets before a limited number are made available to the general spectating public. This makes it more intimate & much less crowded that Revival. 76MM still manages to create a fantastic atmosphere though. Full access to the paddock is given, where you can walk amongst these quite lovely machines. Chat to their proud owners & equally proud mechanics, as they finish last preparations before they go off on track. It still amazes me the absolutely flat out wheel-to-wheel racing of rare and priceless racing cars.
This year was quite unique as for the first time in the history of Goodwood Members Meeting, Festival of Speed or Revival… It snowed!!! The mini Beast from the East arrived & on top of bitterly cold wind chill it delivered a regular deposit of snow. One of the heaviest flurries coming during the Formula 5000 demonstration drive on the Saturday kept the drivers on the toes.
Away from the race track…
Members meeting has another unique feature from other motorsport events I go to. It is held with cars/drivers split into 4 House Teams & score ‘house points’ during the races. Away from the motorsport, spectators can help their House Teams (allocated with your ticket) by taking part in all sorts of activities. Ferret racing, Duck herding, lacrosse, crochet were just a few to entertain you. As always forests of Daffodils replaced September’s Revival Hydrangeas along the track.
In the Member’s Market, slight of hand magician or a variety of bands provided live music. Being bitter cold, made it even more inviting this year to be in the barn with all kinds of delicious hot food stalls. I again confess to partaking of the delicious steak sandwiches…
After a warm up it was back to the action…
A very welcome cup of coffee restored use & feeling to my trigger finger! So it was back out on to the trackside to catch the last race of the day. The Gerry Marshall Trophy, a 45 minute two-driver race for 1970 to 1982 saloon cars. Headlights on as the light faded in to evening & to make it even more interesting the sleet returned.
I hope you enjoy looking through this collection of some of my favourite photos from this very special event.
to enjoy a large collection of photos from the event in Galleries