Relive the Past at the Goodwood Members Meeting
While all eyes next weekend will be on Abu Dhabi and the ‘It’s a Knockout, Time to Play your Joker’ Double Points Grand Prix, let’s take a quick look towards 2015. Rest assured I’ll have lots more to say about the final F1 race of the season next week.
Grand Prix racing has an incredible history and at the 73rd Goodwood Members Meeting, scheduled for 21-22 March 2015, you can see some legendary cars. The event takes place at the Goodwood Motor Circuit and among the many cars present will be two Ferraris driven by the great Niki Lauda in the 1970s. This includes the 312B3 in which he won his first Grand Prix in 1974 312T driven by Lauda when he won his first world title the following year.
I feel really old now that next year marks 40 years since Lauda won his first world title. I still have vivid memories of that dreadful crash he suffered just a year later that so nearly took his life. If you go to Goodwood next year you’ll see just how different racing cars looked back in the 1970s with their outlandish airboxes that towered high above the drivers’ head. You’ll be able to see both cars driven around the 2.4 mile circuit on each day of the meeting. Oh and don’t miss ‘Hunt v Lauda: F1’s Greatest Racing Rivals’ on BBC4 (Tuesday November 18 at 10pm)
There will be more than 25 cars from this innovative and extravagant era. Lotus fans will be able to see the cards driven by Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson. Now they really take me back because I remember having toy models of the iconic black and gold cars that I used to race against some of the vehicles from Captain Scarlet and a James Bond Aston Martin. I think I did try to fit them onto my Scalextric set but that never quite worked out. A crazy idea for sure but even I never thought of double points for the last race of the season.
Also on show will be a pair of ex-Peterson Marches – the experimental 721X and a 711 that was also raced by Le Mans legend Henri Pescarolo in period. You won’t want to miss the McLarens and Tyrrells campaigned by, respectively, Peter Revson and Patrick Depailler, and the Shadow DN1 that was used by Graham Hill’s eponymous team in 1973.
Definitely not to be missed is the world’s only Amon AF101, as raced by Chris Amon in 1974, an ex-Tim Schenken Trojan T103-1 in which the Australian secured a pair of top-10 finishes in GPs the same year, and the Token RJ02 in which Tom Pryce made his F1 debut.
It promises to be an amazing weekend and is guaranteed to bring back some amazing memories. Tickets are available now to Members of all Goodwood Clubs and those on the waiting list for the Goodwood Road Racing Club.
For more information about this great event go to: https://ticketing.goodwood.com/motor-sport/73rd-members’-meeting.html