The weekend’s racing was full of excitement, dramas, and loads of fun along with cars, cars and more cars. Despite the chill in the spring air this year’s meeting was as always a good opportunity to catch some great live racing, see friends and generally just have a good time.
The Members’ Meeting was created by Goodwood owner Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings, which were held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit from 1949-66.
Saturday sees practice and qualifying races with the final races on Sunday. Thrills and sadly a couple of spills bringing home how racing although exciting is a dangerous sport.
Off the track members and their guests can mingle with the cars in the paddocks and admire the hours of work that go into maintaining these beauties.
Along with a huge range of attractions to keep everyone entertained. a series of games in which visitors can score additional points for their chosen “house”. The younger drivers competed against the older generation in a tug of war under the direction of our house captain with a little help from Dario Franchitti.
Dining in the ‘Great Hall’ is just like being back at school, wooden panelled walls and refectory tables seated under gleaming banners of the four houses and traditional school style meals with staff dressed as Masters all resembled a Harry Potter film set. Another popular area is the ‘Members Market’ with different street foods stalls on offer and buskers playing throughout the day. With 40,000 light bulbs hanging from the ceiling it looked stunning in the evening. As the races finished on Saturday the partying began. Featuring street theatre acts, a steam fair, music, live bands and culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.
Racing drivers are by nature competitive people and you cannot fail to enter into the spirit of the ‘House system’. All guests attending the Members’ Meetings are assigned to one of four Goodwood Houses, and they, the drivers and guests score points over the weekend for their House. Methuen scored a hat trick by winning for the third time in a row. Our house Aubigny, this year captained by Andrew Jordan, 2013 BTCC Champion, came third.
Goodwood is very near to Chichester so in a convenient location from either Southampton or Gatwick, so making it a great weekend break from Jersey. Next up is the Festival of Speed 23 – 26 June 2016 followed by The Goodwood Revival 9 – 11 September 2016.