All the greatest cars from Goodwood's 74th Members' Meeting.
Lola-Chevrolet crash overshadows two days of great racing at Members’ Meeting
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