Goodwood to host virtual 78MM Members’ Meeting

Goodwood rerun live stream for 78MM

The annual Goodwood Members’ Meeting was due to take place this weekend (28th and 29th March 2020) before the coronavirus crisis took full effect. Now, with the event postponed, Goodwood will put on a virtual show in its place.

There will be a live stream between 10am and 6pm, both on Saturday and Sunday. This will include a selection of six demonstrations and 17 races from past events that will be streamed ‘live’. 

As with other Goodwood events, interaction is encouraged on social media. You can tweet and comment on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag ‘#78mm’. There will also be a live blog running to accompany the action.

Goodwood rerun live stream for 78MM

As it’s a compilation of sorts, the Goodwood team has the unique opportunity to try to please everyone. They say they have ‘struck the right balance of excellent action for all tastes’. The team will also take recommendations, if there’s a race you want to see you see included. 

The 78th Members’ Meeting is due to take place at a later date. Whether the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival will be affected by the pandemic remains to be confirmed. 

For motorsport in general, Motorsport UK today extended its suspension of permits to 30 June. 

Goodwood rerun live stream for 78MM

“Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives,” said Motorsport UK chairman, David Richards.

“Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks. However given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport. 

“When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective.  This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”

New Land Rover Defender is first up the Goodwood FOS hill

Land Rover Defender opens Goodwood FOS

The Duke of Richmond, the man behind the Goodwood Festival of Speed, opened this year’s event in style – at the wheel of a disguised new Land Rover Defender. He was first to drive up the famous Goodwood hill.

The Duke must also be one of the first people outside Land Rover itself to drive the Defender. And although it was effectively camouflaged, there’s no hiding that recognisable Land Rover silhouette.

Land Rover Defender opens Goodwood FOS

“The new Defender will redefine breadth of capability for the 21st century, combining unrivalled off-road ability with assured and engaging on-road dynamics. I am really excited to be putting it to the test on the hill,” said Land Rover chief engineer, Mike Cross.

You’ll able to see the Defender on the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed every day over the course of the weekend. After today’s (Thursday’s) three runs, it will have a further five runs up the hill over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Duke of Richmond actually has the last chapter of the Land Rover story in his collection, in the form of a Works V8 Defender. It’s fitting, then, that he should open this year’s event with the new-generation car.

Land Rover Defender opens Goodwood FOS

“Few vehicles in the world can claim to be an icon, but that’s the only way to describe the Land Rover Defender,” said the Duke of Richmond.

“It’s extremely close to my heart and a vehicle that I’ve had a close connection with over the decades, so to be able to open this year’s Festival of Speed by driving it up the hill was a real privilege.”

In pictures: Supercar Sunday 2019 at Goodwood

Goodwood Supercar Sunday

Goodwood’s Breakfast Club Supercar Sunday is an awe-inspiring display of power and panache. It’s free to attend, but does require an early start for the keenest of car enthusiasts. Here is a selection of our favourites from this enormous gathering.

Audi R8 V10

Audi R8 at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

Audi was a no-name in the supercar sphere 12 years ago when the original R8 debuted. What it gave us was a pretender to 911 sports car supremacy in more exotic overalls with underpinnings courtesy of Lamborghini. It only grew more ‘super’ over the years, with the addition of a 5.2-litre V10 engine. The latest iteration was our supercar of choice for the drive down to Goodwood.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

The SVJ is the last of the line for this raging bull. A mighty 770hp, active aerodynamics and rear-wheel steering keep the old beast an up-to-date fighter.

Lamborghini Murcielago SV

Lamborghini Murcielago SV at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

The first Super Veloce of the new millennium was a be-winged Murcielago with 670hp. Powering it was the last of the long-lived Bizzarrini V12s, which would be replaced by a re-designed unit in the Aventador.

McLaren Senna

McLaren Senna at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

A true no-nonsense approach to building a hypercar: it ain’t pretty, but it goes. If you can’t stomach the Senna’s looks, you probably can’t stomach the performance, either. That design is all about downforce…

McLaren P1 LM

McLaren P1 LM at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

The day the P1 was revealed was the day McLaren truly came back. This hyper-hybrid could suck itself to the ground and spit out blue flames while spitting out a lap record. The drama of its performance could never quite be matched. That was until Lanzante made a road-legal GTR version called the LM and battered the Nurburgring with it.

McLaren F1 GTR

McLaren F1 GTR at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

What is widely regarded as the greatest supercar ever made, the F1 held the position of fastest car in the world for nearly a decade, topping 243mph. In spite of being designed as a road car, the GTR version – pictured here – won its debut Le Mans 24 Hours in 1995.

McLaren-Mercedes SLR

McLaren-Mercedes SLR at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

McLaren’s supercar sequel was much derided. Being a front-engined GT evolved from the Mercedes SL, the SLR was never going to be an F1 successor. As such, we feel it gets unfair treatment: it’s seriously quick, and looks as good as it sounds. That’s to say, it’s a 200mph super GT with the soundtrack of a WW2 fighter plane.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

It might be a front-engined GT, but with a 6.5-litre 800hp V12, even the legendary F50 would quake in its presence. It’s the heart of the LaFerrari hypercar in a classy suit.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

The 458 Speciale is the last of the screaming naturally aspirated V8s. That alone makes it special, but the way it drives makes it one of the best-loved Ferraris of all time.

Ford GT

Ford GT at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

Ford’s is the supercar born out of a Le Mans legend, and its mission to smash Ferrari. While the original GT40 saw development hours at Goodwood Motor Circuit, this latest homage was there only on display. The race version of the car at Supercar Sunday aimed to follow in the original’s footsteps at Le Mans – and indeed it did, with a class win in 2016.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

More a super GT than an out-and-out supercar, but the DBS leads Aston’s stable with over 700hp on tap, so who are we to ignore its presence? Anything with a V12 that can run rings round a Pagani Zonda gets a nod from us, especially if it’s the freshly-unveiled Volante version.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

No bouncer is stopping anything with widowmaker blood from getting into any club. It’ll keep a McLaren 720S honest both in terms of price and performance. It even bested big-bro 918 around the Nordschleife. It’s also the car the Duke of Richmond decided to show up to Supercar Sunday in…

Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

Porsche’s screaming V10 was the product of stillborn race projects from F1 to Le Mans. Before you even get to the car’s carbon construction, snappy yet satisfying dynamics and manual ’box, that makes one of the all-time great analogue supercars.

Ascari Ecosse

Ascari Ecosse at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

Even in the company of the McLaren F1, Porsche Carrera GT, Ford GT and McLaren Senna, the Ascari Ecosse is a bit of a supercar unicorn. It’s one of just 17 made as homologation cars, with a lightweight fibreglass body and BMW V8 power.

Pagani Huayra Roadster

Pagani Huayra at Goodwood Supercar Sunday

One of the greatest of the 2000s hypercar upstarts, Pagani’s latest offering is the blingy and boutique Huayra Roadster. If there’s a cloud of flailing arms with cameras on the end of them at Supercar Sunday, you can bet it’s either a Koenigsegg, Bugatti or Pagani at the centre of it. Keep clicking for more incredible cars at Goodwood’s Breakfast Club Supercar Sunday.

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Minis and mini skirts on show at the Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival 2019

Minis and mini skirts will be the order of the day at this year’s Goodwood Revival, as the popular event brings Swinging Sixties London to the Sussex countryside.

Three Mini Coopers once owned by Beatles Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr will star alongside a Mini previously owned by Cilla Black.

Brian Epstein presented each member of the ‘Fab Four’ with a Mini in 1966, with each car sent to coachbuilders Radford and Hooper for customisation. 

Ringo’s was given a hatchback to accommodate his drum kit, while George’s was treated to a ‘Tantric’ paint job. Sadly, the whereabouts of John Lennon’s Mini Cooper are unknown.

Goodwood Revival fashion

As is traditional for the Revival, period fashion is very much part of the event, so visitors are invited to plan their outfits in advance.

Mary Quant, Twiggy and Dior are expected to be the strongest influences, with mini skirts, thigh-high boots, geometric prints and beehives likely to be the order of the day.

Mod fashion and the ‘Mop Top’ will also feature highly, although anything from the 1948-66 era is suitable for the Revival.

To encourage event-goers to make a special effort, Goodwood will create several photo back-drops with professional photographers, so you can expect plenty of Instagram action.

The Goodwood Revival takes place over the weekend of 13-15 September, but Saturday tickets and three-day passes have sold out. Friday and Sunday tickets are still available.

The Le Mans legends racing at Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Goodwood Members' Meeting Le Mans winners

Goodwood has announced the incredible roster of drivers it will have attending – and racing at – the Members’ Meeting in April.

Here’s our list for the very best motoring events to look forward to in 2019…

The 77th Members’ Meeting, taking place through April 6 and 7 2019, will be hosting 11 drivers with a total of 31 overall and class wins between them, at what many to believe is the greatest motor race in the world – Le Mans.

Goodwood Members' Meeting Le Mans winners

Part of what makes the roster so impressive is that it’s extensive and eclectic. Richard Attwood stood atop the podium at The Grand Prix d’Endurance in 1970, when he gave Porsche its first Le Mans win at the wheel of the legendary 917.

The most successful Le Mans racer of all time, Tom Kristensen, will also be in attendance and at the wheel. He has a grand total of nine overall Le Mans wins under his belt. His first win came in 1997, then starting in 2000, he locked out the top step for six years on the trot, before his final wins in 2008 and 2013.

Joining him as a seasoned winner (five overall), sometimes at the wheel of the same car (00, 01, 02), is Emanuele Pirro, who is also a Members’ Meeting House Captain.

Goodwood Members' Meeting Le Mans winners

Kristensen’s 2003 Bentley Speed 8-driving co-winner, Guy Smith, will be racing at Goodwood for the first time in his career at 77MM.

“I can’t wait for the Members’ Meeting,” said Smith.

“I have attended the Festival of Speed quite a few times with Bentley, and it’s always such a fantastic event, but I’ve never done an event at the circuit. I am still a relative novice on the Goodwood Circuit as while I’ve done a few manufacturer track days, I still have a lot to learn.

“It’s a real old-school circuit with some fantastic sweeping, fast corners that always provides amazing racing.”

2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme announced

2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The theme for 2019’s Goodwood Festival of Speed has been announced. ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers’ will see the famous motoring event celebrate the extremes of speed and performance in racing’s past, present and future.

Paying homage to record breakers seems fitting, given it’s now 20 years since Nick Heidfeld posted his famous 41.6-second time up the 1.16 mile Festival of Speed hillclimb in a McLaren MP4/13. It’s a record that still stands today.

Last year’s FOS was itself a bumper one for new and exciting records. The electric-powered Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak racer very nearly dethroned the McLaren, with a shootout-winning time of 43.86 seconds.

Even more incredibly, the fastest road car time wasn’t far off the pace. The all-electric Nio EP9 hypercar made an astonishing 44.3-second run.

The Volkswagen should be returning to Goodwood for 2019 and could well take a pop at the record. Given the theme and the anniversary, it would prove very timely indeed.

“We are delighted with this year’s theme, as it offers an opportunity to celebrate the ultimate heroes of motorsport,” said Will Kinsman, head of motorsport content at Goodwood.

“The team are working hard to ensure the paddocks are bursting with the most talented drivers and riders, alongside the most iconic road and race machines in the world.”

As ever, more info on the event will be drip-fed over the coming weeks and months, including the theme of the central feature.

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Goodwood Breakfast Club 2019: dates and themes revealed

Goodwood Breakfast Club

Goodwood’s free-to-enter Breakfast Club car events are a must-attend for anyone with a drop of high-octane fuel in their veins.

Now, the dates and themes for the 2019 events – based at the famous Motor Circuit where the Revival and Members’ Meeting are held – have been released.

Estate Car Sunday – 3 March

This one is not so far away, is it? March 3 will see a fleet of 700+ estates descend on Goodwood for Estate Car Sunday. This is a celebration of all things big-booted and wagon-shaped.

All Wheels but Four Sunday – 5 May

Bit of an odd one this, but it does what it says on the tin. If it’s motorised and has two, three, five, six or more wheels, it’s welcome. It just can’t have four…

Supercar Sunday – 2 June

Supercar Sunday is the big one. All things fast, expensive, rare and exotic from Italy, Germany, the UK, America and beyond. This is the date for your diary if there’s a supercar you want to tick off your ‘spotted’ list in 2019.

Goodwood Breakfast Club

Classic Car Sunday – 4 August

The perfect Revival pre-amble comes in the form of Classic Car Sunday. All cars and bikes are welcome, as long as they were manufactured before 1978.

Eighties Sunday – 3 November

Seeing out the year will be Eighties Sunday – a celebration of all things automotive from the decade that subtlety forgot. From Quattro to Countach, Testarossa to 205 – this will be a monster nostalgia hit.

So there are Goodwood’s five Breakfast Club events for the year. You can apply to enter by clicking this link. You’ll need to acquire a ticket for entry, although that’s free. We hope to see you there…

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Le Mans Protoypes at Goodwood 77MM 77th Members' Meeting

Watch Le Mans racers on-track at Goodwood in 2019

Goodwood will be hosting a Le Mans Prototype racers for the second demo at its 77th Members’ Meeting event in March

A Ferrari 250 GTO overtakes an Aston Martin DB4 GT. Taken by Richard Pardon for Goodwood

Goodwood Revival: £200 million of cars line up for world’s most expensive motor race

A Ferrari 250 GTO overtakes an Aston Martin DB4 GT. Taken by Richard Pardon for Goodwood

Pointing out that a track full of 1960s GT racers at Goodwood Revival is worth quite a lot seems somewhat obvious. However in this, the 20th anniversary of the event, Goodwood seems to be going for a record, with a Kinrara Trophy race grid topping £200 million.

Football, Farage and Ferraris: Goodwood Revival in pictures

The race pertains to pre-1963 closed-cockpit GT cars, with an emphasis on the earlier, elegant side of ’60s GT racing. That means marque-defining greats from the most revered names in motoring: Ferrari vs. Aston Martin vs. Jaguar – and much more. What fortifies that valuation, then?

£40 million+ of Ferrari GTOs

Not much needs to be said about the value of the GTO. They’ve pretty well always been the definition of a ‘better than gold’ classic car investment. Don’t even turn up to the auction if you’ve got anything less than £20 million to play with. If it’s the one-of-two 4.0-litre V12 330 GTO you’re interested in, better to pack £25 million. Both a 250 and 330 GTO will be trading paint in the Kinrara Trophy.

£50 – £100 million of Ferrari 250 SWBs

Then there are 10 Ferrari 250 SWBs (Short Wheel Base).Just one will set you back £5 million, minimum. And unless everyone in the auction hall has fallen asleep, don’t be surprised if that number swells to £10 million and beyond.

£5 – £10 million of Aston Martin DB4 GTs

Aston Martin’s contribution to the original battle of the grand tourers was the DB4 GT. Its answer to the V12-engined Ferrari 250s was the ultimate British bulldog and, truthfully, also something of an underdog. They’re no small change now, though, with most commanding upwards of £1 million for the privilege of ownership.

A Jaguar E-Type on the grid surrounded by more E-Types, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Ferrari 250 GT SWBs. Taken by Tim Brown for Goodwood

Ferrari 250 ‘Breadvan’ – £15 million+

This unique Bizzarrini-bodied 250 is a regular race participant and winner at historic events the world over, including many appearances at Goodwood. You’d think this SWB-based one-off worth over £15 million might stay garaged due to the risk of a prang but this car has seen worse and come back for more.

The best of the rest

Not quite adding up to the £200 million headline figure? Don’t forget the smattering of racing Jaguar E-Types, AC Cobras, a Maserati 3500 GT and much more. The Ferraris, Astons and all of these will hit the track around dusk and race into the darkness. We can’t wait. 

A Ferrari 250 GTO SWB and Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 in the pits for a driver change. Taken by Tim Brown for Goodwood

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Brabham BT62

Flat-out in the new Brabham BT62 hypercar – first passenger ride

Brabham BT62

The last racing car to compete wearing the Brabham name was the BT60 in 1991. The last Brabham win was in 1985 at Paul Ricard, with Nelson Piquet at the wheel of the BMW-powered Brabham BT54. The first and last F1 world championship won in a car bearing the driver’s name was in 1966, with Sir Jack Brabham at the wheel of his Brabham-Repco BT19.

For a name so prominent throughout Formula 1’s golden years, and so dominant for long stretches within, Brabham has lain fallow for far too long.

David Brabham, son of Sir Jack and a proven top-class racer in his own right, has been of that opinion for many years. So, after his Le Mans win in 2009, he set about the difficult task of building a new car. Nine years on, David finds himself on the start line on the hill at 2018’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

More than a tonne of downforce

Brabham BT62

In the shadow of 1,200kg of downforce’s-worth of enormous rear wing, ‘Brabham’ is proudly splayed across the centre of its rump between distinctive LED light strips, above the exhausts and a gargantuan diffuser. The dream is alive, the Brabham BT62 is ready and we called shotgun for its first properly quick run.

Not before giving it a push up to the start line, mind. David was keen to stress that the BT62 was full race-spec. That means it’s most comfortable revving hard and going fast, not necessarily trundling up a West Sussex driveway in the most expensive traffic jam in the world. Especially given it was due to make eight runs that day, with more of the same for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Still, a bit of hard labour was no price at all for what was a curious insight into the Brabham BT62 experience. The view through the slashes in the front haunches to the racing wets as we pushed against the A-pillar, a first glimpse into the cabin through the tiny door aperture – all aspects of the initial meet-and-greet experience that Brabham’s customers could well have before their first run on-track.

The car’s in position and we clamber aboard, contorting into shapes we probably ought to have stretched for first. As we flop into the purposeful race seat and get buckled in, a surprisingly relaxed-looking David Brabham greets us. Full-face lid on with the visor up a shade, there’s still no mistaking him for anyone else. A quick natter before he stokes the 5.4-litre 710hp V8 into life, we just had to ask how it felt to be in a new Brabham, ready to run at FOS. “It’s an incredible feeling to be here showing it off at Goodwood. It’s been such a journey, from getting the name back to bringing this car to life,” says David.

A raucous assault

Brabham BT62

Introductory formalities out of the way and, with the start-line beckoning, David pushes the button. As displays flash into life, the engine is a raucous assault on the car and its occupants, even at start-up and idle.

David eases up on the clutch from the start, but from then on it’s flat-out, with the nose tucking neatly into the first corner, kicking up a token puff of dust. It’s utterly welded to the tarmac, with the V8 howling as David clatters through the straight-cut gears. The central sculpture appears and disappears from view, as if the world were in fast-forward. The adoring crowds are an anonymous blur – surely taken aback by a lot more noise than an average supercar emits.

Under the bridge and towards the hump before Molecomb, the car brakes straight and true without so much as a twitch of the rear chasing us round. Back on the power and it’s up through the gears towards the flint wall. The incline does nothing to steady the rate of acceleration – the engine is just so strong.

With less than 1,000kg to shift, it’s no surprise. As we howl past the flint wall it occurs to us how this noise is what’s been sorely missing from most GT grids, and indeed most supercars of late. It’s just such a raw thing, with vicious purpose enough to make any twin-turbo McLaren fade into the background. An authentic representation of what a de-restricted GT racer could truly be.

Barrelling up the long sweeper towards the finish, the speed really builds with the V8 bellowing through the trees. As we emerge from the forest into the top paddock, the rest of the world’s mightiest supercars sit dormant after full-on runs. We pull up, the car shuts off and we take a breath. David is quiet but visibly excited. This is a huge moment for him and his family name. Seasoned drivers bound over to the Anglo-Australian racer to congratulate David on the car, ask him how it was and have a poke around. Cue a lengthy conversation about the virtues of running wets versus slicks on the FOS hill…

Heading for Le Mans

Brabham BT62

They disperse and there’s a moment of calm. We ask what cars inspired the Brabham driving experience. “One car I remember that was great to drive was the Aston Martin GT1 car – the DBR9. In terms of performance, balance and feel, we wanted this to be somewhere between that and a P2 car,” said Brabham.

On the future of the marque, David was positive, with an excellent response to BT62 since its May reveal.

“The response has been phenomenal. We only came to market in May when we revealed the car and we have several letters of intent. It’s now that we’re getting through them and getting orders booked in.

“We’ve got a product plan and we want to go racing, because that’s what Brabham is all about. Realistically we could be at Le Mans in 2021, maybe 2020. I’d love to see a Brabham hurtling down the Mulsanne. It would be incredible to see a Brabham win in a Brabham car once again.”

He’s not shy about his ambitions, then, with the “ultimate goal” being an all-star car and driver win at Le Sarthe to match Black Jack’s unique F1 championship achievement in 1966. The road cars are along the path that David hopes will lead to that. Sell on Friday, race on Sunday…

The car certainly has potential. So many marques come and go – few, admittedly, with a name as steeped in history as Brabham – but fall short, usually financially, before a car is even ready to demonstrate.

That the BT62 is in this almost-fully-developed state, with hungry customers waving cheques, bodes well for Brabham Automotive. This is an idea that’s been rattling around in David Brabham’s head for the better part of 15 years – time enough to really nail down what he wants and how to get it.

The BT62 delivers the raw racing car experience, the heritage and the passion that few emerging names can. We’re confident Brabham will go on to deliver on road and track in years to come.

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