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The 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting will light up the West Sussex circuit on 16-17 October and promises a mouth-watering racing schedule, plus the return of rallying following its debut at 2020’s SpeedWeek.
Using the circuit and some of the service roads, the rally sprint stage will be run twice in one direction on the Saturday evening, in the fading light, then twice more in the opposite direction the following day, the winner being the driver with the shortest aggregate time across the four stages.
Two demonstrations have been announced, too, one to celebrate the Jaguar XJR-15 and one to mark 30 years since Ayrton Senna’s last Formula One title.
For the latter, expect cars from McLaren, Brabham, Toleman, Lotus, Williams and more to gather in tribute.
With three outings across the weekend, the Gerry Marshall Trophy’s huge grid of more than 50 Group 1 saloon cars promises fierce competition, featuring Patrick Watts in Valentine Lindsay’s Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Mike Whitaker in his Ford Capri, Bill Shepherd in his Mustang and a Volkswagen Scirocco making its event debut.
The impressive Edwardian SF Edge Trophy field will see icons of the era including the Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’ and the ‘Blitzen Benz’ thunder around the track, while the Ford-heavy Pierpoint Cup for V8 saloons will be a two-driver race for owners and pros, with Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, David Brabham and Richard Attwood among the stars, C&SC’s very own Julian Balme paired with TV’s Chris Harris in his Ford Falcon Sprint.
Formula Junior, Formula Three, pre-1932 Grand Prix and voiturette cars, and classic ’bikes will also be in action.
There are plenty of big names preparing for the Gurney Cup for World Championship sports prototypes from 1960-’66, including four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, Le Mans winners Emanuele Pirro and Kristensen, and triple British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden in Ford GT40s.
The sight of Jaguar D-types, an Aston Martin DB3S and Tojeiro Jaguars for the Salvadori Cup will be something to savour, while the evocative Moss Trophy has cars including Ferrari 250GT SWBs, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Aston Martin DB4GTs, E-types and Lotus Elites on its entry list.
Check out the full timetable here.
Enthusiasts have waited since March 2020 for the 78th Members’ Meeting, but it sounds like it will be worth the wait. Tickets are available exclusively to GRRC members and those in Goodwood’s Fellowship – find out more.
Images: James Mann/Nick Dungan/Jason Fong/Goodwood