All the great­est cars from Good­wood's 74th Mem­bers' Meet­ing.

Lola-Chevro­let crash over­shad­ows two days of great rac­ing at Mem­bers’ Meet­ing

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GOOD­WOOD 74th MEM­BERS’ MEET­ING

CHICESTER, WEST SUS­SEX, 19-20 MARCH

An hor­rific-look­ing crash that hos­pi­talised a driver en­sured Good­wood’s sea­son opener will be talked about for years to come.

Stephen Bond was driv­ing a Lola-Chevro­let T70 Spy­der in the Brooks Tro­phy when his car som­er­saulted in mid air, flip­ping seven times. He was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal where, mirac­u­lously, his only se­ri­ous in­jury was found to a bro­ken col­lar bone.

Spec­ta­tor Tony Lock­hart wor­ries that the in­ci­dent may change the meet­ing next year. He says: ‘It all hap­pened right in front of me. I was on the bank­ing by the chi­cane exit and saw it all from the start as the first car lost con­trol. Shock­ing. That cir­cuit is in for some big changes I’m afraid.’

Back on the track, the race that pro­duced the clos­est fin­ish in Good­wood mo­tor rac­ing his­tory at the 73rd Mem­bers’ Meet­ing last year brought just as much ac­tion in 2016, as the F3 ‘scream­ers’ bat­tled for the Derek Bell Cup. Close wheel-to-wheel mo­ments en­sued with An­drew Hib­bert and his 1966 Brab­ham BT18 ul­ti­mately tri­umph­ing.

The fi­nal race of the first day kept crowds in their seats in­stead of head­ing to the car park. The Alan Mann Tro­phy ini­tially had father and son team Mike and An­drew Jor­don tak­ing the early lead, but brak­ing is­sues – in­clud­ing the brakes catch­ing fire in the pit lane – shifted the lead to Oliver Bryant and Philip Keen’s GT40, only for their car to re­tire with me­chan­i­cal fail­ure. This handed the win to the 1965 GT40 of David Cuff and BTCC leg­end Steve Soper.

The Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy for Group 1 Tour­ing Cars from the 1970s and early 1980s pro­voked the best mem­o­ries for many, as well as some of the finest rac­ing and driver. Run in two parts over the week­end, Satur­day’s 15-minute race pro­vided a warm-up for Sun­day’s 45-minute ses­sion. The line-up saw a brace of Chevro­let Camaro Z28s rac­ing along­side Ford Capris, Tri­umphs and most things be­tween. Chris Ward took first place on Satur­day in his Rover SD1 and father and son team Olly and Gra­hame Bryant won on Sun­day in their Chevro­let Camaro Z28.

The 2016 Mem­bers’ Meet­ing fea­tured 12 races in to­tal over the two days of the event – but three of the most iconic pe­ri­ods in mo­tor­sport his­tory were also cel­e­brated with demon­stra­tions. The Su­per Tour­ing cars of the 1990s, ground ef­fect For­mula 1 cars of the 1960s and ‘70s and Group 5 sports cars of the 1970s held high-speed runs.

Good­wood’s Fes­ti­val of Speed is on 23-26 June, while the Re­vival takes place on 9-11 Septem­ber.

A Porsche 917K leads the Group 5 sportscars demo on the Sun­day. Su­per Tour­ing Cars of the 1990s on demon­stra­tion runs. John Cle­land was be­hind the wheel of the Vaux­hall Vec­tra. 2012 WTCC Cham­pion Rob Huff swapped his Lada for a Ford GT40, but failed to fin­ish in the Alan Mann Tro­phy. Gra­ham Rob­son’s Austin-Healey Sprite was one of the first clas­sics that vis­i­tors to the 74th Mem­bers’ Meet­ing saw. Martin Hunt pi­loted his Austin Mini Cooper S to 16th place dur­ing the Whit­more Cup. Tour­ing cars of the Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy on Good­wood’s cir­cuit once again. Chris Ward took first place on Satur­day in his Rover SD1. Father and son team Olly and Gra­hame Bryant were first on the Sun­day in their Chevro­let Camaro Z28. Dou­ble For­mula 1 World Cham­pion Mika Hakki­nen. He drove the Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand Prix car on demon­stra­tion runs, once pho­tog­ra­phers had stopped hound­ing him.

Stephen Bond’s Lotus Cli­max 18 flipped on the La­vant Straight af­ter be­ing clipped by an­other car. It rolled end on end and landed in a pedes­trian tun­nel, nar­rowly miss­ing spectators. Video footage: www.youtube.com/watch?v=021GVfHJ_YE

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