SNOW, SNOW, QUICK, QUICK, SNOW

One of the most an­tic­i­pated race meet­ings of the year, the 2018 Good­wood Mem­bersʼ Meet­ing was blessed with an im­pres­sive Porsche en­try, rang­ing from 356s, to 911s, 904s, 906s and 910s – plus Group 5 mon­sters like ʻMoby Dickʼ. Oh, and it snowed, too…

Classic Porsche - - News - Words: Robert Bar­rie Pho­tos: As cap­tioned

he Good­wood Mem­bersʼ Meet­ing took place in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. It was cold and damp and only a few days af­ter cir­cuit stal­wart and reg­u­lar com­men­ta­tor Henry Hope-frostʼs death in a road ac­ci­dent. How­ever, the event was car­ried along by the en­thu­si­asm and can-do spirit of all con­cerned.

There was also an un­usu­ally strong Porsche con­tent, with a long line of cars dis­played across the main part of the pad­dock. Hats off to the com­pe­ti­tions team for their in­spired se­lec­tions – but if you can do it once, you can do it again!

The first race on the card was the Ron­nie Hoare Tro­phy for mid-ʼ60s GT and sports cars, with qual­i­fy­ing early on Satur­day morn­ing and the race in the af­ter­noon. More than a dozen 904s and 911s out­num­bered the lone Fer­rari. James Cot­ting­ham put his Tri­coleur-striped sil­ver 904 on pole with Vin­cent Gaye along­side in his metal­lic blue 275 GTB/C.

Some sen­si­ble re­straint was shown early in the race – the track was mostly dry, but tem­per­a­tures were still well down – be­fore the head­lights came on and the pace started to pick up. Cot­ting­ham re­took the lead soon enough and held on to it un­til the flag.

Gaye had a grassy mo­ment at St Maryʼs and let Billy Bellinger past into sec­ond in the Mor­gan SLR, while Mark Bates and Am­broglio Per­fetti both slid wide at Madg­wick dur­ing an en­ter­tain­ing and of­ten tail-out tus­sle in their 911s. Bates even­tu­ally came out on top. There were well turned-out cars up and down the field, not least Lee Maxted-pageʼs red 901, James Turner ʼs green 911 and Jason Bar­ronʼs green 904.

The snow started to fall around mid­day on Satur­day and

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