The two-day extravaganza begins at 9:30am on the morning of Saturday 6th April when a group of McLaren road cars take to the circuit. From then on the track gets loud, with practice for the Betty Richmond Trophy Heat 1 kicking off at 10:00am. The morning continues with more practice laps before a spectator grid walk at 12:25pm, after which the roaring V8 NASCARs take to the circuit for the first high-speed demonstration. A Porsche 917 high-speed demonstration at 2:35pm is sandwiched by more practice runs, with another high-speed demonstration, this time for BMW M1 Procars, taking place at 4:45pm.
At 5:15pm, the racing begins! First up are the two Betty Richmond trophy races, two thirty-strong grids comprised entirely of Minis. Love Minis? These two races simply cannot be missed. At 6:35pm the Gerry Marshall Trophy begins, a 45-minute, two-driver race for Group 1 saloon cars like Rover SD1s and Ford Capris. There’s another high-speed demonstration at 7:40pm, this time for Le Mans prototypes, before the evening festivities begin and fireworks light up the sky at 10:00pm.
Sunday’s racing kicks off at 9:00am with the Parnell Cup, a race filled with Grand Prix and ‘voiturette’ cars that raced between 1935 and 1953. From then on it’s a packed day, with fan-favourites like the Derek Bell Cup and Graham Hill Trophy, as well as the final of the Betty Richmond Trophy. Squeezed between the races we’ll have more high-speed demonstrations once again, with Porsche 917s, NASCARs, M1 Procars and Le Mans prototypes all cranking up the noise. The 77th Members’ Meeting will end with a prize giving ceremony in the Great Hall.
Sound too good to miss? You can still join the GRRC Fellowship and book tickets, but they’re selling fast.