The gongs (and the Goodwood Organic beers…) were handed out by Lord March, ably assisted by his daughter, Lady Eloise Gordon-Lennox. To whoops of delight from the assembled ‘school’, the first three in each of the 12 races went on stage to collect their trophies.
Then it was the turn of the four house captains, immaculately turned out in their striped blue blazers, to hear from GRRC Secretary James MacNaughton the results of the inter-house competition that kept a fierce rivalry going all weekend, from the race track to the sports field to the tow test.
Methuen, captained by Anthony Reid, emerged victorious and won the first Members’ Meeting house shield. The full results are as follows:
Aubigny (Nic Minassian) 2819 points
Torbolton (Emanuelle Pirro) 3077 points
Darnley (Jochen Mass) 3405 points
Methuen (Anthony Reid) 3950 points
The other winner announced at the prizegiving was that of the Car of the Meeting chosen by visitors from the vast array of wonderful members’ cars parked at the chicane car park. The public vote decided that the car that made people smile the most was the 1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost of Malcolm Whitehead.
The last word on the day’s proceedings came from Emanuelle Pirro – Torbolton’s captain, and the only house captain to score points on the track. He told the throng: “I can’t believe it. Every time I come to Goodwood things just get better and better.”
And with that the 72nd Members’ Meeting, the first at Goodwood for 48 years, was declared closed. Until next year at least…