Re­view: Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing

Mem­bers make some noise as part of an-all ac­tion week­end as the stars and their cars gather

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nathan Chadwick

’A vast se­lec­tion of great Group A tour­ing cars came out to play’

Aminute of noise in trib­ute to the late, great John Sur­tees was just one high­light of the 75th Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing. Many cars wore tributes to the 1964 For­mula One World Cham­pion, while Le Mans win­ner Richard Attwood, driv­ing a Lola For­mula Ju­nior – John Sur­tees’ first racing car – pro­vided one of the week­end’s high­lights.

The week­end’s ac­tiv­i­ties saw Simon Had­field driv­ing a Lola T70 to vic­tory in the Sur­tees Tro­phy race ( last held in 2014) for sports pro­to­types that ran in the 1960s.

Other on-track ac­tion was largely dom­i­nated by tour­ing cars from over the decades, from the thun­der­ing V8 rumble of the Ford Gal­ax­ies and Mus­tangs in the Pier­point Cup, through to the Ford Capri and Rover SD1 bat­tles in the al­ways-sideways Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy for Class 1 Tour­ing Cars.

This year marks 30 years since the ill-fated World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship and a vast se­lec­tion of great Group A tour­ing cars came out to play. BMW brought along a cou­ple of M3s and a 635CSi, plus 1987 WTCC driv­ers’ cham­pion Roberto Ravaglia and for­mer F1 driver Ger­hard Berger. Ford Europe brought along an iconic Eggen­berger Tex­aco-liv­er­ied Ford Sierra RS500 Cos­worth, while Pa­trick Watts and Robb Gravett took to the track in a pair of ex-BTCC MG Met­ros.

The Gra­ham Hill Tro­phy, a 45-minute two-driver race for GT cars that raced be­tween 1960 and 1966, was re­ally cap­ti­vat­ing. Celebrity driv­ers such as Emanuele Pirro, Jochen Mass, Rob Huff and Ni­co­las Mi­nas­sian starred in a di­verse field that in­cluded a Ferrari 250 GTO/64 mix­ing it with Shelby Mus­tangs, AC Co­bras and Jaguar E-type Lightweights.

The week­end may have been chilly, but the ac­tion was red hot.

Dun­can Pit­t­away’s 1911 Fiat S76 ‘The Beast of Turin’ made its pres­ence felt in the SF Edge Tro­phy, but ul­ti­mately vic­tory went to Mathias Si­elecki in a 1923 De­lage DH V12, with the ‘Beast’ in 13th po­si­tion. Good­wood Me­dia/Jayson Fong PHOTOGRAPHY

Ex-Steve Soper cars were in abun­dance, but it was this Ford Sierra RS500 Cos­worth, brought over from Cologne by Ford Europe, that gar­nered the most at­ten­tion. It com­peted in the 1987 DTM and Spa 24 Hours.

Among the cars as­so­ci­ated with the late John Sur­tees was this Chero­let-pow­ered Lola T70 that aptly took part in the Sur­tees Cup.

David Coulthard, Grand Prix win­ner and F1 com­men­ta­tor, drove a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL 417 on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Good­wood Me­dia PHOTOGRAPHY

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