2018 Goodwood 76th Members Meeting
The 2018 Goodwood 76th Members Meeting (76MM) was held on the 17th and 18th March, in what could only be described as arctic conditions. However, this adverse weather was not enough to dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who made their way to the West Sussex race circuit in anticipation of a weekend filled with rare and exotic racing machines.
Whilst spending time at Goodwood in March can often mean a bitterly cold wind out on the circuit, its the first time I’ve attended where snow has actually fallen and the freezing conditions have touched every corner of the paddock. Thankfully the fire pits were kept stocked with fresh wood and offered moments of respite from the cold, although unfortunately there was no way to carry one around as a personal heater which would have been the only way to keep the chill out.
The additional hindrance of the cold weather and the need to keep adequately wrapped up, is that gloves are not generally suited to photography finesse, so the choice was to clumsily shoot with hands covered, or take the gloves off and risk frostbite. I tried a mix of both, with frequent dropping of gloves as I went – so thanks to all those who pointed this small but important fact out to me.
Aside from the weather (and being British that is always a hot topic), the 76th Members Meeting was tinged with emotion and will be remembered for being the first held after the sudden loss of one the events voices, that of Henry Hope-Frost who passed away after a motorcycle accident a week prior to the event. Many of the cars and drivers displayed their affection for HHF in the form of stickers proclaiming the mantra #Fever, in honour of his most recognised affliction.
The high speed demo, which has become a staple of the Members Meeting, this year featured machines from the Group 5 era of sports car racing, meaning that there were a number of Porsche 935’s, BMW CSL’s, two BMW M1’s and a sprinkling of Ferrari 512 BB’s to take a look at and photograph. From this set of cars, a particular favourite was a Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo in Martini livery that really took my fancy. I will post images of the Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick and the Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo in a separate article.
A new race for the Members Meeting this year was the Ronnie Hoare Trophy, featuring a handful of Porsche 904’s alongside a Ferrari 275 GTB/C and some nicely prepared Porsche 911’s. Despite some inexperience in the Porsche 904, James Cottingham managed to take the win after a cautious start saw him drop from pole position to third, only to retake the lead on lap two.
New for this year was David Harts’ 1968 Ford GT40 in a lovely mustard colour. One of those cars I kept coming back to in the paddock and couldn;t resist taking more photographs of.
Here are a few other images from the 2018 Goodwood Members Meeting;