Sunshine greeted the Goodwood Road Racing Club Members this year attending the 77th Member’s Meeting. The relaxed atmosphere was brilliant for socializing and getting close to the cars and entrants.
The Event included a fresh programme of races for 2019:
For Grand Prix and Voiturette Cars of a type that raced between 1935 and 1953
The first cars that raced at the Goodwood Motor Circuit were a mixture of pre-war grand prix cars and the latest post war machinary. The Parnell Cup, named after legendary racing driver, and Goodwood victor, Reg Parnell, will see these cars go head-to-head for victory once more.
Gerry Marshall Trophy
For Group 1 saloon cars of a type that raced between 1970 and 1982
Run in memory of British saloon-car king Gerry Marshall, whose big build, big personality and big skill wowed racegoers in the 1970s and ’80s, this two-part thrash for Group 1 saloon cars of a type that raced between 1970 and 1982 is always epic. Chunky Rover SD1s, slippery 3.0S Ford Capris and grunty Chevrolet Camaros will battle hard in Saturday’s two-driver, 45-minute feature and again in Sunday’s 15-minute sprint, with Triumph Dolomite Sprints, VW Golf GTIs and Mini 1275GTs snapping at their heels.
Tony Gaze Trophy
For road-going sports and GT cars of a type that raced between 1954 and 1959
Returning to the Members’ Meeting for the first time since the first reincarnated event – the Tony Gaze Trophy will feature some stunning ’50s GT machinary in action again. Named after famed pilot-turned racing driver Tony Gaze, whose advice to Freddie March helped create the Goodwood motor circuit, expect to see such stunners as Ferraris, Aston Martins, Jaguars and more in action.
Derek Bell Cup
For 1-litre Formula 3 cars of a type that raced between 1964 and 1970
Creating a superb spectacle as they screamed around the Motor Circuit in close formation during each of their previous three visits, the one-litre Formula 3 cars of a type that raced between 1964 and 1970 will be back in 2018 for the hotly contested Derek Bell Cup, named after the Goodwood favourite and local ace who cut his teeth in the formula in period. A packed grid of Brabhams, Marches and Tecnos, among other iconic names, are sure to recreate some of the magic.
For Formula 750 motorcycles of a type that raced in F750 and open 750cc races worldwide up to 1972
The Sheene Trophy will see the finest air-cooled, four-stroke Formula 750 racing machines, transporting spectators from the rolling hills of the South Downs to Daytona Beach and the legendary Daytona 200 races of the early 1970s.
Such was the success of the Daytona 200 that it was decided that Europe needed to have its own equivalent, and thus the ‘European Daytona’ was created with the Imola 200. The all-new Members’ Meeting race takes its name from an incredibly loved and greatly missed friend of Goodwood – Barry Sheene. Sheene won the inaugural F750 Championship, a British-based series, in 1973, held one year after the FIM adopted F750 regulations as a separate class.
John Duff Trophy presented by IWC
For Vintage sports racing cars of a type that raced prior to 1930
John Duff is a legend in Canadian motorsport, noted as not only the first Canadian to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, but the only one to date to have taken overall victory at La Sarthe, having won the 1924 race for Bentley alongside Frank Clement. As well as his Le Mans triumph, Duff held over 50 world records in both speed and endurance.
The Members’ Meeting will pay tribute to Duff with an eye-watering selection of vintage machinery from the late 1920s. Naturally, Bentleys will be out in force in homage to the man responsible for bringing Bentley to Le Mans, while Bugattis, Vauxhalls, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeos will be vying to take home the spoils.
Graham Hill Trophy presented by Woodham Mortimer
For closed-cockpit GT cars and prorotypes in the spirit of the RAC TT races, 1960-1964
No prizes for knowing who the race for GT cars of a type that raced at Goodwood from 1960 to 1966 is named after. Returning to the Members’ Meeting line-up for the third consecutive year, the Graham Hill Trophy will feature beautiful machines that did battle in the RAC Tourist Trophy during Goodwood’s glorious heyday when top aces powerslid round the Motor Circuit in AC Cobras, Aston Martin DB4GTs and Jaguar E-types.