In an interview published Monday, Lord March and his associates promised not only historic racing but also entertainment such as live music, fire jugglers, and even a giant mechanical dragon as part of the new event this spring, the 72nd Members' Meeting at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England. In an interview with the "Chichester Observer," Lord March talked about the new event he has founded, and a spokesperson revealed more details about the expected entertainment that will be on hand March 29-30.
Goodwood's 72nd Members' Meeting is a weekend historic racing event intended to resurrect and recollect the annual meetings held by the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) in 1950s and 1960s. Lord March said he remembers attending the 71st meeting in 1966 as a young boy and expects his new event to be as special in its own way as those former gatherings used to be.
Besides races all weekend run in historic racing cars, participants (drivers and guests alike) will be separated into houses, British style, to compete in other activities, earning points. According to the "Chichester Observer," houses are named after titles held now or previously by the Duke of Richmond. House captains are renowned racers, as follows: Emanuele Pirro for Torbolton house, Jochen Mass for Darnley, Anthony Reid for Methuen and Nicolas Minassian for Aubigny.
Race wins as well as points earned from games and other activities will go to houses which are chosen for participants when they purchase their tickets. All participants, including Lord March and his family, will dine together in the Great Hall with menu choices that will include British "old school classics" such as "toad-in-the-hole," "jam roly-poly," or "cottage pie."
A party Saturday evening will feature music and street performers such as fire jugglers, stilt walkers, and a mechanical dragon, according to a Goodwood spokesperson.
According to the Goodwood website, for historic motor sports drivers, owners, and enthusiasts, several cars of interest will be on hand to watch in action around the Goodwood circuit, look at closely on display, or view in live demonstrations.
Recently announced will be three McLaren F1 turbo-charged race cars expected on the premises for the weekend -- Niki Lauda's 1984 MP4/2-01, Alain Prost's 1986 MP4/2C-05, and a third not yet named. The turbo cars have particular interest for enthusiasts this year, since the 2014 season Formula 1 cars have returned to turbo-charged engines. As of this writing, days following the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, McLaren holds the lead in the 2014 constructors' championship.
The whole weekend is to cap off with fireworks, the size of which Goodwood has not yet seen, according to the spokesperson addressing the "Observer."
The 72nd Members' Meeting taking place in late March is the newest in a series of motor sports events held at the Goodwood Estate in Chichester. The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed held in July and the Goodwood Revival offered in September have become popular "must-see" events for historic and other racing enthusiasts around the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1 and by historic racing organizations to cover their events. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is writing a book about racers and racing. See her blog at "Motor Sport Muse."