Torbolton captain Emanuele Pirro couldn’t hide his delight at the prizegiving ceremony in the Great Hall on Sunday evening, after the last race of the weekend. The five-times Le Mans winner gave the headmaster for the evening a huge kiss as he accepted the shield. Lord March didn’t seem to mind, though he did promise all the captains a “good caning” later.
“All the planets align for once in a lifetime,” said an ecstatic Pirro, whose house amassed 4628 points after victories both on the Motor Circuit and on the playing fields of Goodwood where visitors young and old contributed to the tally in everything from a tug-of-war to rugby and cricket tests.
It was a particularly sweet victory for Pirro who has seen Anthony Reid’s Methuen House dominate the competition for the past three Members’ Meetings. Torbolton was second to Methuen last year, ahead of Aubigny (Nicolas Minassian) and Darnley (Jochen Mass).
There was a moment’s reflection during the prizegiving as Lord March recalled his ”great friend and great Goodwood supporter” John Surtees, who died on March 10th. “He was an extraordinary chap who shot from the hip,” Lord March told the assembled throng. Earlier he had driven a Lola T70 on a tribute lap of the circuit, ahead of a minute’s noise to honour the world champion.