Goodwood goes back to basics with members only meeting

| 29 Jan 2014

Goodwood has responded to the increasing disquiet from stalwarts about the commercialisation of the Revival meeting  by adding a third date to its calendar. 

In a bold move, the event will strip bare the Revival formula taking it back to its very earliest days with no sponsorship or advertising, no off-limits areas, barely any trade stands and only a handful of people (well 20,000 a day).

In a conscious bid to revive the early days of the Revival, the estate is relaunching its Members' Meetings, some 48 years after the last (the 71st) was held.

The only downside of the 72nd Goodwood Member's Meeting on 29-30 March is that you will have to be a Goodwood Road Racing Club member (or know one, there is currently an 18-month waiting list) to get in.

Each existing GRRC member will be able to take four guests. There is no fast-track to membership except for potential racers who must be a GRRC member to take to the track and can jump the queue when they enter.

The meeting is also intended to be a two-day event and, although single-day tickets are available, Goodwood is pushing the £120 weekend ticket and planning lots of Saturday evening entertainment to encourage people to stay at the circuit.

One nice touch is that GRRC members' mothers get in free on the 30th (Mothering Sunday). Another is dedicated classic parking for cars more than 30 years old.

The big changes, however, will be on the track where the limitations of what can run at the Revival are relaxed. That means packed grids of paint-swapping Group 1 Touring Cars, 'demos' by low-drag Le Mans greats such as Porsche's 917 and more than 25 Turbo F1 cars. 

One of the highlights will be a sprint for Group B rally giants. Among 17 confirmed entries for a high-speed demonstration run is an example of every four-wheel-drive car that competed at world championship level during rallying’s most thrilling and dangerous era.

For those that miss the theatre of the Revival, there will be plenty of those special Goodwood touches to evoke the atmosphere of 1950s and 1960s Britain. GRRC members will be split into four houses (captained by Emanuele Pirro, Jochen Mass, Anthony Reid and Nicolas Minassian) and compete for house points in a range of sports day-style activities. Even the catering will be in a huge Hogwarts-esque hangar segregated into houses.

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