Goodwood has confirmed that the ‘curtain raiser’ 78th Members Meeting will now take place on 16-17 October 2021 due to the Government announcement earlier in the week.
As ever the weekend will have its usual activities across the action-packed weekend of motor racing exclusively for members and fellows of the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) and their guests, recapturing the intimacy and camaraderie of the members-only race weekends held in Goodwood’s heyday.
The Duke of Richmond said:
“We welcome the roadmap from the Government on Monday, and whilst we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to host the 78th Members’ Meeting in May, we’re pleased that we can safely reschedule it to later in the year. We want to thank our GRRC members and fellows, competitors, partners, suppliers and fans for their continued support, patience and passion to bring the event to life. We can’t wait to welcome our guests back later in the year.”
Action is set to include races like the S.F. Edge Trophy for Edwardian leviathans, and the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 touring cars of the 1970s and early ’80s, as part of an unchanged race line-up. The Rally Sprint will still go ahead, although darkness will of course be earlier due to the event’s rescheduling.
Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale will now be held on 19 May at its New Bond Street flagship saleroom, offering a broad spectrum of sports, competition and collectors’ motor cars.
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James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Chairman, said:
“While the 78th Members Meeting has been understandably rescheduled for later this year, we are satisfying the demand among our consignors and bidders for a sale this spring. Having partnered with Goodwood since the early 1990s, we very much support the Duke of Richmond and his team and are greatly looking forward to returning to Goodwood in July for the Festival of Speed.”
The Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and the Goodwood Revival will still take place in July and September as planned. The wider Goodwood estate is also looking forward to being able to reopen its doors and welcoming members, visitors and guests back in the coming months. This will also include the reopening of Goodwood Motor Circuit on 29 March for Goodwood Track Days and cycling, and 12 April for all other Goodwood driving experiences.
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