Goodwood goes back to basics with members only meeting


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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Sounds great and just how a meeting should be....but £120? Sod that.


Well, seems to continue the recognition of the rich and affluent.  Travel from (say) 200 miles away, GRRC membership fee, hotel costs, £120 a person for spectators...........a rather expensive jaunt.  Hopefully, competition from the events springing up at other venues will bring some sanity for enthusiasts.


Sounds to me as though Lord March just wants to try and monopolise even more classic car calendar space rather than responding to increasing disquiet from stalwarts, oh! and it will also earn him a whole lot more money, advertising or not.
Those that can or want to afford it are welcome to it, count me out, the whole classic car "spectacular" thing is getting a bit out of hand for my liking.


This sounds like a great idea - as one who has avoided the Revival for several years precisely because of the commercialisation and crowding, I'm now regretting that I let my GRRC membership go too!

Lord March has redefined classic car meetings in a way that was unimaginable twenty years ago - and no, I'm not a member of the "rich and affluent" - and we tend to forget this.

Talking of rich and affluent, have you seen what it costs to go to a Premier League football match? A pop festival? A decent seat at the theatre? £120 for two days' classic racing looks like a bit of a steal, I'd say....

Rex Pengilly

I so agree, I loved Goodwood in the 1950's and '60's as I was growing up Fro 1954 to the last Goodwood years I went with my parents Uncle and cousins to the EasterMonday and Whit Monday meetings. I have been to the |Revival a couple of times but feel on each occasion it has become more elitist and just a vehicle for the rich, (mega rich) and priveleged to enjoy. So many no go areaS, Extra passes at extra cost required to access more and more areas. The cost has gone beyond the reaches aof all but the most determined or well off. This has ruined Goodwood for me and it is unlikely I will return or recommend attending to anyone. Most of the cars have been developed beyond reaso - how as the ATS F1 car suddenly become competitive, such extensive modification and reworking should not be allowed and how do all of those gentleman racers lap faster than Mike Hawthorn. No for me it is the smaller venues from now on - Look out the Stickton Car and Vintage Retro Show near Warminster May 30/31 & June 1st.


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