Goodwood Members’ Meeting: a minute of noise for an idol
From FIAT’s beast of Torino and the Blitzen Benz, to Gullwings, Jaguar E-Types and more recent GTs: the 2017 Goodwood Members’ Meeting was another treat for anybody who loves classic racing. While other events at Goodwood have become huge affairs, providing a wide range of activities to suit every taste, the Members’ Meeting is devoted entirely to bringing some of the most exciting sports and racecars back onto the track.
One of several VIPs to take a seat behind the wheel was ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard. He was making a return to the Members’ Meeting after his very special experience in an Austin A30 a year ago, which he described as “hilarious and frightening all wrapped into one.” Sitting in a beautiful black Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that had participated in the Mille Miglia in 1955, he confessed his adoration of this legendary racecar: “This is my dream car. I had the opportunity to buy one of these in 1995 but I was too Scottish and I missed that particular window.” Nowadays, he drives a Mercedes-Benz “Pagoda”.
Motorbike and racecar champion John Surtees sadly passed away at the beginning of March, so the last race of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, the Surtees Trophy, was a special highlight. It was won by Simon Hadfield in a Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder, a racecar that John Surtees drove to victory at the 1966 Can-Am Championship. It was goosebumps all round when the drivers dedicated a minute of noise to their departed idol.
All photos courtesy of Julien Mahiels.