An exciting line-up of aces from racing’s past and present, covering all manner of disciplines, leapt into action for the 73rd Members’ Meeting.
It’s the second recreation of the period BARC-organised events that were the mainstay of the circuit in its original heyday. The overwhelming success of last year’s 72nd – but inaugural modern-era – Members’ Meeting, has ensured a ‘who’s who’ entry list for the 11 themed races and sensational parades.
We’ve picked out some of the names you could expect to see working outside their comfort zone while still giving it their all in a style that assured them of their high-profile status. And, rest assured, they were all more than happy to pose for pics and sign autographs, as well as gas about the cars with which they were reunited or entrusted.
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Five ex-F1 drivers with 301 starts between them graced the various grids and parades.
Richard Attwood finished on the podium in the 1968 Monaco GP for BRM and has been eight times a winner at the Revival meeting in F1 and GT machinery. He drove in the all-Porsche 911 John Aldington Trophy race.
Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jarier made his Goodwood debut, heading the cast list for the 1970s high-airbox F1 parade aboard his 1975 Shadow DN5.
Goodwood favourite and Members’ Meeting House Captain Jochen Mass won the 1975 Spanish GP for McLaren and also raced for Surtees, ATS, Arrows and March at the top level. Jochen was in the Mercedes 300 SLS in the Salvadori Cup for 1950s sports-racers and behind the wheel of a lairy Rover SD1 in the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 saloons of the 1980s.
TV presenter Tiff Needell, also a Revival regular, took part in one GP in 1980 and finished on the podium for Porsche at Le Mans in 1990. He was sliding around in a big Rover SD1 in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.
Sportscar racer for Nissan. Raced in Formula 1 with Marussia. GP2 Series and British Formula 3 race winner
Driving: 1990 Nissan R90CK in Group C demonstration
Finally, charismatic Italian Emanuele Pirro, who raced for Benetton and Scuderia Italia in F1, has embraced historic racing in recent years and could never be accused of not trying very hard or not perma-smiling. He was aboard a BMW 530i in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.
Plenty of heroes from endurance racing’s top echelon, the World Sportscar Championship and its blue-riband event, the Le Mans 24 Hours, tackled the Members’ Meeting races.
We’ve already mentioned Attwood, who also took Porsche’s first Le Mans win in the Salzburg 917K in 1970, and Messrs Pirro and Mass, who also conquered the French endurance classic six times between them (Pirro five times for Audi; Mass once for Sauber-Mercedes).
Add in British long-distance aces Marino Franchitti (pic left), who won the 2014 Sebring 12 Hours, and Sam Hancock, a former European Le Mans Series champion and World Endurance Championship race winner, and all bases are covered among the marathon-race ranks.
Franchitti and Hancock pedalled a Maserati Birdcage and Lister Knobbly respectively in the Salvadori Cup, with the latter also out in a Jaguar E-type in the Graham Hill Trophy for early-’60s GTs. Turner, meanwhile, piloted his own Turner Mk1 in the Les Leston Cup for early-’60s production sportscars and a brutish Chevrolet Camaro in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.
Stars of everyone’s favourite genre, the ever-identifiable tin-tops, were out in force.
Contemporary touring car racers Rob Austin, a British Touring Car race winner in his self-run Audi, Andrew Jordan (pic left), BTCC champion in 2013, and 2012 World Touring Car title winner Rob Huff (right), no stranger to hustling an ancient saloon around Goodwood, were spectacular in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.
Austin and Huff went head-to-head in Ford Capris, while Jordan hustled a giant-killing Mini 1275 GT. ‘Huffy’ was also out in an E-type in the Graham Hill Trophy.
The appearance of two BTCC title winners of the early ’90s, Robb Gravett (1990 – left) and Tim Harvey (’92 – right), no doubt appealed to fans of that era, especially when they reprised their rivalry in Triumph Dolomite Sprints in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.
A ‘Dolly Sprint’ was also campaigned by former BTCC star and Goodwood favourite Anthony Reid (pic left, below).
Steve Soper (pic right), arguably the greatest-ever touring car driver and a winner in the British, German, Japanese, European and World Touring Car series, joined them in a Ford Capri.
It seems appropriate that several of the UK’s top national drivers were on show at the Members’ Meeting.
Reigning British GT champion Marco Attard shared a Corvette Stingray in the Graham Hill Trophy with his regular BMW team-mate Alexander Sims, one of Britain’s best junior single-seater racers and now a star of endurance racing.
Fellow British GT race winner Oliver Bryant, polesitter for last September’s Revival RAC TT Celebration in the family AC Cobra, drove a Shelby Daytona Coupe in the Graham Hill Trophy, as well as tackling the John Aldington Trophy in a Porsche 911.
The exotic-sounding Iso Bizzarini of 1964 is a crowd favourite and twice a winner of the Revival RAC TT Celebration race. It appeared in the Graham Hill Trophy this time round, pedalled by former junior single-seater champion, British GT race winner, Historic F1 champion and Goodwood regular Bobby Verdon-Roe.
Alongside the motor-racing pros mentioned above, #73MM has attracted celebrities like Pink Floyd drummer, racer and collector Nick Mason (pic left), who raced Group C Porsches at Le Mans in period, and who aired his McLaren F1 GTR. (In a parade of the British supercars that wowed road testers the world over, and 20 years ago this summer won Le Mans at its first attempt.)
Celebrity chef and unashamed historic racing enthusiast James Martin (right) was back at Goodwood in his Ford Prefect in the Sopwith Cup (named after 1950s touring car ace Tommy Sopwith), while we shouldn’t need to remind you that GRR’s own Chris Harris (pic below left, and video beneath) was piloting an early Porsche 911 in the Aldington Trophy, and a monstrous Rover SD1 touring car in the Gerry Marshall Trophy – with the video cameras running, of course!
We’re sure you’ll agree: the 73rd Members’ Meeting offers a stellar line-up of machinery and top names to drive them, all against the theatrical backdrop of the majestic Goodwood Motor Circuit.