Rallying to make Members’ Meeting debut

| 27 Jan 2020
Classic & Sports Car – Rallying to make Members’ Meeting debut

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The world of rallying is coming to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting for the first time this year.

Come the Saturday evening of the 78th Members’ Meeting, on 28-29 March, around 25 cars will compete against the clock on a rally sprint.

Bringing cars and stars from across the generations together in a head-to-head contest, it should be quite a spectacle.

Classic & Sports Car – Rallying to make Members’ Meeting debut
Petter Solberg, with Phil Mills, en route to his 2003 title, seen here in New Zealand

The sealed-surface sprint course will see the contenders pass through the narrow tunnel and on a route that takes them between Madgwick and Lavant corners, round the famous Woodcote chicane and down the pitlane.

Classic rally cars from the ’70s up until the early ’00s are set to strut their stuff. Although the full line-up is yet to be confirmed, think Lancia Stratos, Audi quattro, MG Metro 6R4, Ford Escort RS1800, Peugeot 205 T16, Integrale, Sierra Cosworth, Toyota Celica, Subaru Impreza and more.

One confirmed attendee is five-time British rally champion Jimmy McRae, who will be driving his Group 4 Vauxhall Chevette HSR (pictured at the top of this page).

He’ll be joined by 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist and 2003’s top dog Petter Solberg, while legendary co-driver Nicky Grist will be piloting his Group A Toyota Celica GT-Four.

Classic & Sports Car – Rallying to make Members’ Meeting debut
Stig Blomqvist, with co-driver Björn Cederberg, on the way to winning the ’84 Swedish Rally

“The Members’ Meeting is a tremendous opportunity for Goodwood to explore different eras and branches of motorsport history and show new generations why they remain so special,” said Jen Godding, General Manager of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting.

Tickets are on sale now for Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) members, and those in the GRRC Fellowship only. To find out more about joining, click here.

And to whet your appetite, don’t miss the quattro vs Integrale head-to-head in our latest issue!

Images: Motorsport Images


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