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…
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