While on this side of the Atlantic we have massive vintage racing events like the Monterey Historics and The Mitty, the Brits celebrate racing history in style with several events put on by the Goodwood Road and Racing Club. The Festival of Speed and its hill climb get most of the big press, but this weekend brings another fantastic event: the Goodwood Members Meeting at the Goodwood Circuit in Sussex. Every year, the club’s Members (and guests) bring some wholly remarkable old machinery and Goodwood streams the wheel-to-wheel races live for free on its YouTube Channel. You can also watch it on MotorTrendOnDemand right here. Here are a few things that excite us on the program of the 75th Goodwood Members Meeting.
1990s GT1 cars: The McLaren F1s, Porsche 911 GT1s, and Mercedes CLKs that raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the ‘90s will be at Goodwood. That story is strange, but the short version is these cars pushed were race cars homologated for the road to reverse-engineer “Grand Touring” race cars. Yeah, it was complicated. While the beautiful Toyota GT-One is missing, this will trigger memories Le Mans battles of the late 1990s.
Pierpoint Cup: The cup names and cars change from year to year, but this is a great new one for V8 “saloon cars” through 1966. That means, in short, a full field of Mustangs, Falcons, early ‘Cudas, and a single Studebaker Lark. We’re excited for this one and we just might be rooting for the Stude.
Surtees Trophy: This trophy is named after two- and four-wheel world champion John Surtees, who died less than a week before the Goodwood kick off. Surtees was a regular Goodwood participant into his 80s, so this will be a sentimental tribute to the bold English racer. The cars are early American Can-Am prototypes like the Lola in which Surtees won the first Can-Am title (above). GT40s abound, too, and that’s something to be happy about.
Gerry Marshall Trophy: Typically, the last race on Saturday is an endurance race that pairs amateurs (usually the cars’ owners) with professionals until the checkered flag at dusk. This year is all late 1970s and early 1980s European touring cars, which fares well if you like to watch pros racing each other hard and (usually) clean. It’ll be a very similar field to last year’s Gerry Marshall Trophy race (above).
S.F. Edge Trophy: Most of these cars were built before 1920, which means they’re basically a motor, four wheels, and a seat. It takes real guts to drive these cars—which include the mythical fire-spitting Beast of Turin (above) and the original Blitzen Benz—at all, let alone race them wheel to wheel.
You can stream all of the Goodwood action live on the GRCC’s YouTube Channel or on MotorTrendOnDemand. Because it’s in England, the start time for the opening races is 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time, but the replays are usually available shortly after and you can rewind back through it while you have your Saturday morning coffee. Read more on the races here and peruse the full entry list here.