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Historics: Goodwood 72nd Members' Meeting going to TV

According to a press release distributed on Thursday, April 10, from the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex, England, video highlights of the estate's newest motor racing event, the 72nd Members' Meeting held March 29-30, will be broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. over two subsequent weekends in April. The video presentation will also be made available online in the future.

Historics: Goodwood 72nd Members' Meeting going to TV
Historics: Goodwood 72nd Members' Meeting going to TV
Photo courtesy of Goodwood, used with permission.
Historics: Goodwood 72nd Members' Meeting going to TV
Photo courtesy of Goodwood, used with permission.

The pair of 25-minute shows, which have been produced by Aurora Media, will be broadcast in Sunday morning slots during April and will be presented by Amanda Stretton with commentary from Martin Haven.

Episode one will air on Sunday, April 13 at 0640 and will feature action from part one of the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 touring cars – including a fight back from Emanuele Pirro’s Capri – plus the Surtees and Moss Trophies and Group B rally and turbocharged Formula 1 cars, in addition to an interview with Sir Stirling Moss and Lord March.

Episode two will be broadcast on Easter Sunday, April 20 at 0545 and will include action from the world’s largest Bugatti-only race, the Grover-Williams Trophy – plus the story of racer-turned saboteur, William Grover-Williams. Also in the episode, British celebrities Chris Evans and James Martin reveal why they enjoy Goodwood. The low-drag Le Mans demonstration and part two of the Marshal Trophy round out the program.

For 30 days after the television broadcast, the video be available to download via Channel 4’s on-demand service, 4OD. To view, visit http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od. It was unclear from Goodwood officials on the day of the release whether the video would be viewable from the United States.

The 72nd Members' Meeting was a resurrection of the British Automobile Racing Club's annual membership meetings held at Goodwood in the 1950s and 60s. The last such meeting was held in 1966 until the tradition was picked up by the Goodwood Road Racing Club last month.

The weekend consisted of historic motor racing, games, and other competitions and activities that entertained GRRC members and their guests. A 73rd Members' Meeting is now being planned for 2015.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is the author of several books and is credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1 and by various historic racing organizations to write about their events. She is working on a book about racers and racing.