Are the Goodwood Supporters' Association and the Goodwood Road Racing Club connected?
The short answer is no. The Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) is a group of people within a Club who receive annual benefits in return for paying an ongoing subscription. The Goodwood Supporters' Association (GSA) is a group of people who come together to support signficant challenges faced by the Goodwood Estate at specific moments in time. Twenty-five years ago, the challenge was to re-open the Circuit, whereas the challenge today is to support the group through the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The GRRC and GSA are therefore two separate and unconnected entities, with the GRRC being an annual subscription in exchange for ongoing seasonal benefits, and the 'new' GSA being a one-off contribution for long-lasting one-off benefits in return for supporting in the current circumstances. The GSA and GRRC benefits are unconnected, and designed for different purposes. Please note that GRRC members who renew their membership for 2021, foregoing any refund or discount for their 2020 subscription, will be gifted the equivalent of a 'Level 2' GSA membership (available to non-members for £200), but this will not effect any ongoing GRRC benefits.
Am I entitled to a refund or discount on my 2020 membership subscription?
In acknowledging it has been a difficult year for all of our members, we are gifting GSA membership to all members who renew for 2021, foregoing any refund or discount for the 2020 season. We are asking the GRRC community to help weather the storm together in order to help protect the future of the events and experiences you all enjoy. Please note that due to the fact that Family Members pay a premium for additional GRRC benefits, we have also increased the level of gifted GSA benefits accordingly. We hope these gestures go some way to thanking you all for your support.
How do I claim my gifted GSA membership, and when will I receive it?
As a GRRC member, you will automatically be enrolled into the Goodwood Supporters' Association. By renewing your GRRC Membership for the 2021 season, foregoing any refund or discount for 2020, we will recognise your ongoing support by including a selection of GSA benefits as part of our 2021 renewal - you do not need to do anything until the renewal process begins. During the renewal process, you will be asked for the details of the name(s) you would like to display on commemorative plaque(s), and your GSA items will be dispatched with your 2021 membership pack.
As a GRRC member, do I get any exclusive GSA benefits?
The GSA is a wide-ranging initiative, designed to appeal to the entire Goodwood community. That being said, there are certain benefits which are only available to GRRC members. Not only do members receive the public 'Level 2' GSA as part of their membership, but they can also gain access to certain exclusive benefits. Only members can receive the commemorative gold GSA pin (by making a discretionary donation of £50 or above), and only members can join the GSA Paddock Club, which includes invitations to private paddock tours on the eve of the 2021 headline events, and the ability to place your name on an individual plaque within one of the member-only paddock shelters at the Motor Circuit. Note that those within the GRRC Fellowship who opt for a plaque within one of the public paddock shelters can request to move their plaque into a member-only paddock at the point in which they become a full GRRC member.
I am a Family GRRC member. What additional benefit do I receive given my higher membership subscription?
As a Family member, you will be entitled to additional GSA benefits in the same way that Family membership grants additional conventional GRRC benefits. In the case of the GSA, Family members will receive two pin badges (Silver or Gold) as well as two windscreen stickers, and you will have the option to include two names on the brass strip around the perimeter fence or two names on two individual paddock shelter plaques if you upgrade to the GSA Paddock Club. In recognition of the premium that Family members pay for their GRRC subscription, there is no extra charge for any of these additional GSA benefits.
What plaques are available, and how does the process work?
All members that renew for the 2021 season, foregoing any refund or discount for 2020, will be recognised by including a selection of GSA benefits as part of their 2021 GRRC renewal. Included within these benefits is the ability to have your name permanently engraved on a brass plaque along the perimeter fence at the historic Motor Circuit. You will be able to opt into this process during the 2021 renewals process, and you can choose whether to display your name, or that of a friend or loved one. Those that wish to make an additional contribution and join the GSA Paddock Club will have their selected name(s) relocated and placed on individual brass plaques within the prestigious paddock shelters in the member-only section of the Motor Circuit infield. All plaques will be put in place ahead of the 2021 Members' Meeting, provided the renewal or the GSA Paddock Club contribution takes place before 31 December 2020. For transactions after this date, we will do our best to install your plaques in time for the event.
I like the idea of a plaque in my name, but would prefer something that I can display at home - do I have any options?
In recognition of the fact that some people will like to have a memento to keep at home, those that join the GSA paddock club have a choice whether to opt for a commemorative plaque in a member-only paddock shelter, or a limited edition print depicting a special moment from the Festival of Speed or the Revival, personally signed by The Duke of Richmond. There is a selection of prints to choose from, and each will be limited to a run of 200. Prints cannot be purchased individually, but members are entitled to donate to obtain multiple Paddock Club packages.
Members of the public are eligible to have their name engraved on a commemorative wooden marker at FOS. Is this available to GRRC members?
As the spiritual home of the GRRC and as the venue for the Club's annual Members' Meeting, all members automatically have the option of having their name(s) on a commemorative brass strip along the Motor Circuit perimeter fence. This is included within your GRRC membership. As part of the overall GSA programme, the option does exist to place your name on a commemorative wooden marker within the Festival of Speed park. Members are able to obtain this benefit, but will need to donate accordingly in order to receive this benefit as part of the public Level 2 GSA. Those who choose this option will receive this as an additional benefit, and their name on the Motor Circuit fence will remain, meaning there will be two locations at Goodwood that will act as a perpetual reminder of your support.
If I contribute extra and join the GSA Paddock Club and opt for a plaque within a paddock shelter, will I get a paddock shelter to myself?
There are a limited number of member-only paddock shelters at the Motor Circuit, and we are anticipating that this will be a popular GSA benefit. Therefore, please do expect to share a paddock shelter with a group of members. It is our hope that this will be yet another way to strengthen the GRRC community, as members get to know their paddock 'compatriots' as they attend Motor Circuit events and pay repeated visits to their particular paddock shelter. We will also explain the purpose of the plaques to the competitors; it is important that they all understand the contribution you have made in order for them to continue to enjoy racing at Goodwood.
When will I receive more information about the private paddock tours?
Details regarding the private paddock tours on the eve of our 2021 headline events will be sent to you nearer to the time.
How can I contribute if I would like to donate but do not want to upgrade to the GSA Paddock Club?
All donations are welcome, and discretionary donations from GRRC members will be reciprocated by exchanging your silver GSA pin badge for a gold one. You can donate £50, £100 or £200 on the website, or if you would like to donate a different amount, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend a minimum donation of £50.
What is a GSA Patron, and can I become one?
Those wanting to go above and beyond can become a GSA Patron for life. We will recognise each of our Patrons by engraving their names into the new pit wall at the circuit to serve as a perpetual reminder of our appreciation. They will also receive a special bespoke GSA pin, and a Patron’s armband, inspired by those worn by Freddie March in period. We hope people will wear the armband with pride at circuits around the world, acknowledging them as protectors of motorsport at Goodwood. The armband will allow access for the holder plus one guest onto the pit lane gantry at the Revival for life. By becoming a Patron, you will not only be supporting Goodwood but also the future of historic motor racing. To find out more, please email email@example.com.
Will there be a GRRC Summer Ball in 2020 and what are my options if I already have tickets?
As an integral part of the Festival of Speed, the GRRC Summer Ball will not be taking place this year. Those with tickets have the same three options as Festival of Speed event ticket-holders; rollover your tickets to the rescheduled date, request a refund (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org), or donate some of your ticket value for additional GSA benefits. The same applies for any other Club events which cannot take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.