‘Tally Ho!’ took over from ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’ as horsepower of a very different kind took to the Goodwood Motor Circuit this morning to mark the start of the 72nd Members’ Meeting, the first since 1966.
The Running of the Hounds provided a unique, Goodwood-style start to the weekend of historic motorsport action and fun and games put on for GRRC members and their guests.
Horses and hounds from the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt joined the circuit at the chicane and, taking an unconventional racing line, cantered up and down the main straight.
It made an evocative sight, with the sound of hunting horns drifting across the sun-bathed Sussex countryside, which was enjoyed to the full by the Members’ Meeting’s early starters who had a grandstand view of the spectacle from the roof of the pits.
There was however some clearing up to be done on the grid straight afterwards…
Then it was a rapid switch of horsepower as, bang on 0900, the first practice session got under way for Group One saloons from the 1970s and ’80s, providing a flashback moment as these well-loved cars – and their equally familiar sponsors’ liveries – tried to make sense of Goodwood’s super-fast corners for the very first time.
And the horses and hounds? They headed back to their stables, ready for a return performance on the Sunday morning.