Traditionally held in later March or early April, the postponed 78th Members' Meeting has been moved to the weekend of 15-16 May 2021. Rob Widdows spoke to GRRC General Manager, Alan Brewer, to find out why.
“You will all be aware that in the Spring of last year we were reluctantly forced to postpone the Members’ Meeting and, at the time, we hoped it would be possible to stage the event in April 2021.
It’s remarkable just how much changed over the next nine months, including the fact we weren’t able to hold either the Festival of Speed or the Revival.
Looking ahead, we are focused on our plans for all three events in 2021, which is strengthened with the positive news of a vaccine.
With this in mind, the dates have now been announced, and I wanted to explain the background and thinking behind our decision to change the date of the 78th Members’ Meeting.
Considering all the current restrictions, and predictions of where we will be with the virus later this year, we have decided to move the Members’ Meeting from April into the middle of May.
It was always favourable to have the Members’ Meeting as the first event of the year, with the smaller capacity, when compared to the Revival for example, making it an event more compatible with any challenges we may face. However, by pushing the event back into May means we can benefit further from the potential roll-out of the vaccine across the country. Any later than the weekend of 15 – 16 May, and it becomes too close to the window in which we start to build the Festival of Speed.
The days will of course be longer in May, but we are busy looking at the Saturday schedule so that we can all still enjoy some evening entertainment, and ideally some fireworks, as we celebrate your return to motorsport at Goodwood."