There will be a number of Goodwood firsts at the 74th Members’ Meeting, on March 19-20. For starters there will be Group 5 sportscars, Ground Effect F1 cars and Super Tourers, all of which will be appearing on track for the first time in a series of high speed demonstrations. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a race for two-stroke Grand Prix bikes. And, last but by no means least, a race dedicated to early Edwardian cars.
Named after Selwyn Francis Edge, the pioneering Australian-born racer who won the 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup, the S.F. Edge Trophy will see a field of 30 early leviathans doing battle around Goodwood’s hallowed tarmac. Despite an average age of 102 years, these cars still have a surplus of power over grip, and little or no braking, so will provide a thrilling spectacle! Their drivers bring new meaning to the word ‘intrepid’…
Remarkably, these flame-spitting, tyre-shredding beasts are also road legal. So, to get in the mood for the race, we gathered four of them in the sleepy Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, to see them in action, talk to their owners, and startle the unsuspecting locals!
If that whets your appetite, tickets for the 74th Members’ Meeting are available now.
Photography by Tom Shaxson