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Historics: Goodwood 72nd Members' Meeting opens with 'running of the hounds'

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Race cars run around the Goodwood track on a fairly regular basis, but the 72nd Member's Meeting of historic race cars happening this weekend started with a British tradition of a wholly different kind on Saturday morning, March 29 -- something called the running of the hounds.

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According to Goodwood, riders on horseback took to the track Saturday morning, accompanied by a troop of hounds who were also out to enjoy a romp in the early morning spring sunshine in West Sussex, England.

Members of the Goodwood Road Racing Club and their guests heard the very British call, "Tally-ho," rather than "Drivers, start your engines" on Saturday as the 72nd Members' Meeting re-opened an annual tradition not held at the Goodwood circuit in Chichester since 1966.

After a little clean-up from the animal variety on track, a full day of historic race car practices, demonstrations, races, rallies, and evening entertainment is planned for the event, only to continue all throughout Sunday as well.

The Members' Meeting adds a spring-time event to the car enthusiast's calendar, preceding the now popular summer Goodwood Festival of Speed and autumn Goodwood Revival at the estate in Southern England.

Cars from Group 1's "1970s and early 80s tin-top" "saloons" (sedans) to Group 12's "sports-racing cars of a type that raced from 1955 to 1960" will compete with a variety of amateurs and former professionals at the wheel throughout the weekend.

According to Goodwood, Saturday's events include the Gerry Marshall Trophy, Part 1; the Threfall Cup; and the Moss Trophy races as well as a Rally Sprint for Group B. Demonstrations for the day include long-tail sports cars and the sure to-be-popular turbo-era F1 cars. The evening's entertainment is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. local time and end at 9:30 p.m.

The majority of the weekend's races will take place on Sunday.

For a full listing of the Goodwood 72nd Members' Meeting entries of cars and drivers, go here.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1 and by various historic/vintage groups to cover their events. She is currently working on a book about racers and racing. Connie occasionally posts commentary or other features at her blog, Motor Sport Muse. Follow her on Twitter at: @ConnieAnnKirk.

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