It’s three on the trot for Methuen House! Methuen captain Anthony Reid was presented with the Goodwood House Shield for the third year running in a packed prize-giving in the Great Hall on Sunday.
The final house points tally showed Methuen ahead by an incredible 1500 points:
So what is Methuen’s secret? Anthony told GRR: ‘We drive the whole thing on social media, Twitter and Facebook. I have a friend who helps behind the scenes. But that’s just between you and I.
‘The most important thing is that I have some great racing drivers in my team and they have been winning all weekend. Plus there is the incredible enthusiasm of all Methuen members. The weekend has been awesome.’
Anthony, who admitted to GRR he never takes his house blazer and hat off, said his personal highlight of the weekend was driving the ‘amazing’ Triumph Dolomite Sprint to ninth place after starting in 23rd.
The results came as a disappointment for Andrew Jordan who stepped in as Aubigny captain while Nicolas Minassian was away racing. ‘I was in two races and had two non-finishes so the only points I contributed I think were in archery,’ said the touring car champion. ‘But I really enjoyed being part of it.’
Lord March said the weekend had been magnificent despite some challenges. ‘For car content it has been one of the best events we have put on,’ he said.
The stage was packed with not only the four house captains but also VIPs with a race named after them, including Derek Bell, Sir John Whitmore and Bruce McLaren’s daughter, Amanda. Also packing the stage were Members’ Meeting governors who, following tradition, presented podium place-getters in all 11 races with silver-topped bottles of Goodwood ale.
The governors also gave special awards to their favourite cars taking part in the demonstrations. The cars they awarded were the Andy Rouse Ford Mondeo and John Minshaw’s Audi A4 Super Touring cars; Nick Mason’s Ferrari 512S and the David Piper Porsche 917K in the Group 5 cars; and the Brabham BT49 and Ligier J17 among the F1 ground effects cars.
Fastest lap of the weekend (in a race) went to Frank Stippler in the Ford GT40 who clocked a 1min 21.607sec. Frank was awarded with a special watch from Members’ Meeting timing partner IWC Schaffhausen.
Photography by Tom Shaxson