Engines revved, faces smiled and most of all the crowds celebrated the legendary voice of Goodwood – the late Henry Hope-Frost, who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident last week.
Goodwood Motor Circuit paid tribute to the effervescent and hugely-popular commentator, by a rapturous minutes noise around the legendary Goodwood track.
Social media platforms were flooded by the hashtag #fever, including tributes from across the globe following the heartbreaking news. Famous names included Damon Hill, Mario Andretti, Jenson Button and the legendary Williams Racing Team, who said:
“We’re shocked to hear the terrible news about our dear friend and colleague Henry Hope-Frost. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”
His charming presence, relaxed style and seamless flippancy will remain a benchmark for others to emulate – RIP Henry – you will be missed.
For those wishing to make a donation to the Hope-Frost family, a JustGiving page has been created and donations can be made here.
Goodwood Members Meeting
The early haze and limited visibility improved around the Goodwood Motor Circuit, with a mouthwatering line-up of stunning racing cars thrashing the tarmac at the thrilling Members’ Meeting.
The snow may have held off, but the sharp wind was cutting the enthusiastic bumper crowd in two as the spray lashed the grid walkers on the track sidelines.
New races for 2018 include the Caracciola Sportwagenrennen for pre-war sports cars and the Bolster Cup, named after legendary journalist, ‘specials’ builder and ERA racer, John Bolster. A remarkable field of modified and one-off 1920s and ’30s machines will be vying for honours tomorrow.
Grand Prix star turned TV pundit David Coulthard will also be making his Members’ Meeting debut at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
The Scot is using the event to launch the new IWC Schaffhausen racing team which will spearhead IWC Shaffhausen’s involvement in historic motorsport this season.
Away from the track action, visitors can also enjoy cookery demonstrations before sampling some of the finest cheeses and meats (plus a tipple or two) from our Home Farm. There are also plenty of bands in full swing and other electrifying acts to enjoy. Oh, and do take time out to enjoy the daffodils which are in full bloom.
— Goodwood Road&Racing (@GoodwoodRRC) March 17, 2018
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Tickets to the 2018 Festival of Speed (July 12-15) and the Goodwood Revival (September 7-9) are on sale at www.goodwood.com and at the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755 055.