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The third run­ning of the Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing will be a stel­lar start to the 2016 his­toric sea­son. By Paul Lawrence

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his week­end’s 74th Mem­bers’ Meet­ing has the event’s best en­try since be­ing re­vived in 2014 as Good­wood took up its plan­ning per­mis­sion to run an ad­di­tional two-day event.

Un­like its big brother, the Re­vival in Septem­ber, the Mem­bers’ Meet­ing is a more in­ti­mate af­fair, with a capped at­ten­dance to en­sure a re­laxed at­mos­phere in the style of the 71 Mem­bers’ Meet­ings run un­til the cir­cuit first closed for rac­ing in the middle of the 1966 sea­son.

De­spite the early date and smaller over­all feel, this is an event that is big on con­tent and the week­end is pack­aged to the usual im­pec­ca­ble Good­wood stan­dard. For the fans, easy ac­cess to the pad­dock and un­crowded spec­ta­tor ar­eas make it a won­der­ful start to the sea­son. Given the prob­a­bil­ity of cool weather, it’s a per­fect chance to walk the cir­cuit and en­joy the ever-chang­ing views from ex­pan­sive spec­ta­tor banks.

With­out some of the theatre of the Re­vival, this is a week­end cen­tred on the 12-race pro­gramme and three spec­tac­u­lar high-speed demon­stra­tion ses­sions. Satur­day is largely given over to qual­i­fy­ing, but takes in two races and wraps up with one of the ab­so­lute high­lights.

A field of 29 Ford GT40S will re­peat the race held at the 2013 Re­vival as a star-stud­ded grid races into the dusk of Satur­day evening for the Alan Mann Tro­phy. The en­try has a to­tal value of many tens of mil­lions of pounds, mak­ing this one of the world’s most ex­clu­sive one-make con­tests.

The driver line-up matches the class of the evoca­tive mid-1960s sports-rac­ing cars and top of the pack is Indy 500 win­ner Kenny Brack, who shared Adrian Newey’s car to vic­tory over the Shaun Lynn/emanuele Pirro car in 2013. Brack will part­ner Chris­tian Glasel this time as Lynn/pirro re­turn and driv­ers like Martin Stret­ton, Frank Stip­pler, Si­mon Had­field, Tim Har­vey, Rob Huff, Gary Pear­son, Steve Soper and Chris Ward pack out the en­try.

Back in 2013 Mike Jor­dan scored one of his proud­est ca­reer mo­ments by putting Philip Walker’s car on pole at the ex­pense of Brack and Andy Wal­lace. This time around he is part­nered by son An­drew, win­ner of the Porsche 911 race a year ago, and they will make a for­mi­da­ble pair­ing de­spite An­drew’s lack of race ex­pe­ri­ence in the GT40.

An­other real crowd favourite is the Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy race for Group 1 tour­ing cars of the 1970s and early 1980s. An­other fan­tas­tic en­try will de­liver two mem­o­rable races, with a 15-minute sprint on Sun­day and a 45-minute twodriver con­test on Sun­day. The cre­ation of this race for the 2014 event has prompted a glo­ri­ous re­vival for the Chevy Ca­maros, Ford Capris, Rovers and Tri­umph Dolomites of the pe­riod.

Vic­tory last year went to the thun­der­ing Camaro of David Clark and Matt Neal, but a re­peat win will be a tall or­der against some fierce op­po­si­tion. Also in the Camaro camp are Stu­art Gra­ham/nigel Gar­rett and father and son Gra­hame and Olly Bryant, but the pair­ing of Gor­don Shed­den and Chris Ward in a Rover SD1 from the JD Clas­sics squad could set the bar even higher.

In a field pep­pered with stars, no­ta­bles in­clude Stip­pler, Mike Jor­dan, Huff, Mike Wilds, Soper and Jochen Mass in Capris, Ja­son Plato and An­drew Jor­dan in Mini 1275 GTS, and the amaz­ing pair­ing of Ger­hard Berger and Pirro in a BMW 530i. If it is wet, watch the Nick Swift/andy Jor­dan Mini slay most, if not all, of the gi­ants.

New to the race line-up for Good­wood, and bring­ing the old­est grid ever seen in Sus­sex, is the SF Edge Tro­phy for Ed­war­dian Cars and the en­try is truly re­mark­able, rang­ing from the diminu­tive GN Wasp hillclimb car of Win­ston Teague to huge aero-en­gined mon­sters. Top of the pack should be Mark Walker’s 1905 Dar­racq 200hp, which is driven with a cap­ti­vat­ing mix of tal­ent, bravado and gusto.

Three high-speed demon­stra­tion ses­sions should prove pop­u­lar and the sight and sound of around 30 grand prix cars from the ground ef­fect era of the late 1970s and early 1980s will be noth­ing short of sen­sa­tional. With driv­ers of the cal­i­bre of Bobby Ver­don-roe, Rob Hall, James Han­son, Michael Lyons and Nick Pad­more on track the pace will be hot and Pad­more’s year-old Lola T70 out­right cir­cuit record could take an un­of­fi­cial ham­mer­ing.

In all, 15 man­u­fac­tur­ers will be rep­re­sented and the de­sign ge­nius of Colin Chapman, the first per­son to fully ex­ploit air flow un­der­neath the car, will be marked by nine Lo­tuses, rang­ing from the 78 of 1977 to the 91 from 1982. Chapman’s son Clive will drive per­haps the bold­est of all ground ef­fect cars, the twin-chas­sis 88B.

If the weather plays ball, it re­ally will be an out­stand­ing week­end of his­toric mo­tor­sport and the per­fect way to shake off the win­ter by en­joy­ing fab­u­lous cars and top flight driv­ers at­tack­ing the fast sweeps of Good­wood. ■

Big V8s lead Gerry Mar­shall en­try GT40 race will be a high­light

Dar­racq will be one of the Ed­war­dian rac­ing stars

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