74th Members Meeting in Goodwood – DAY 2
It’s 6 AM, time to get up: quick shower, breakfast and I’m ready to rumble! The second day of the 74th Members’ Meeting in Goodwood was up ahead, and I couldn’t wait to enjoy further! I pretty much had seen all the most important cars & things I wanted to see the day before, so I had decided sunday would be sort of a “chill day” where I would wander off a bit more: there was only ONE race I didn’t want to miss, and that was yet another Group 5 demo run (the Porsche 917s & Ferrari 512s).
As soon as I arrived, I didn’t take the Goodwood tunnel and started to go a different way. That ended up being a not-so-dumb idea, considered I soon found the dark blue Koenigsegg CCX with light interior parked right in front of another entry. I knew about this car yesterday, but couldn’t find it, evidently it stayed there all night and wasn’t that hard to find. It’s always nice to see one of them swedish beauties, and this one was no exception. Sure, it might not be the latest & most modern, this and that. Still, it is a Koenigsegg CCX and that is quite something.
Met up with some french & belgian friends (Kevin from Katrox & Julien from JM Imagin) and decided to walk around the booths together, taking pictures here and there, details of the cars, pictures of the general atmosphere etc. Everything was going pretty well until we learned of a particularily impressive accident, which luckily sounded more bad than it actually was, no one got seriously hurt. Two cars were racing on the straight line, and their tires touched, which led to one car sort of tumble & fly out & land *inside* the second pedestrian tunnel. By miracle, no one got really injured, they closed the tunnel for the whole day. This was a reminder, as if we still needed it, that motor sports are not “games”. Despite being an incredible sport fueling our hearts, racing is risky and can sometimes be dangerous. Good thing the gentlemen drivers from Goodwood race with determination yet prudence, giving us, the spectators, an unforgettable show. Wether you’re looking from the grand stands, on top of a hill or from the YouTube live feed, the show is incredible.
Eventually I met up again with my two friends. They decided they wanted to walk all the way around the track to the Lavant corner grandstand. It’s not the farthest point of the track, but still, it was quite a long way. Especially with my shoes that were already killing my feet. BUT then, I’ve met my saviour in the form of a little tractor that took the spectators all around the track, with various stops. That was a pretty awesome & bumpy ride to our next destination. We stayed there a little bit, only to realize the track sessions schedule was running late due to the accidents. So I was expecting to see the Group 5 demo run, I had the Edwardians. Still, very impressive! The drivers gave it all on track, and you could clearly see it by how their cars behaved & took trajectories. It was a good fight!
I was super cold & decided to head back to the chicane, using the lavant tunnel. There was a sign saying not to use flash inside the tunnels because bats were hibernating in there. I didn’t see any, though! Ended up watching more races from the Chicane, the 512s & 917s were absolutely impressive. Though it was only a demo run, I’m fairly certain some were driving those babies really hard! The sound was unbelievable.
After lunch, I met up with the whole team as well as with my mates Shmee150 and SebDelanney, who were also there. The Goodwood staff were awesome enough to have us casually meet Lord March on the grid walk before a race, and have a chat. In case you didn’t know, Lord March is the owner of the Goodwood Estate, and he’s the person we have to thank for the rebirth of Goodwood and all the automotive events held in the estate. He’s clearly passionate about cars and knows an insane amount of things. That probably was the highlight of my day, meeting the man behind all of those awesome events!
Tim Shmee, Seb Delanney & Alex Smolik discover 30 legendary F1…Lord March joined Facebook / YouTube stars Shmee150, alexsmolik and Seb Delanney during the #74MM grid walk. The quartet discovered some of the 30+ ‘ground effect’ F1 cars present at Goodwood Members’ Meeting, including the Brabham BT52 which set an unofficial lap record of less than 1 minute!
Posted by Goodwood Road & Racing on Monday, March 28, 2016
Sadly for me, my day was coming to an end. I had a plane to catch in Southampton to go back to Paris. It’s always sad when you have to leave mid-event. You always get the feeling you missed something, that your work is not finished, that you’re leaving something behind. I got to quickly catch-up with the squad, and saw some of the gems in the parking area as I was leaving (yellow Alfa Romeo 8C, grey McLaren 675LT, red F12…). Had an awesome ride to the airport. Basically this week-end for the 74th Members’ Meeting in Goodwood was INTENSE. It felt like it was too short, too cold. But I have seen so many incredible cars & combos during those two days (some I will probably never see again), caught up with some friends I don’t get to see a lot, and got to experience the whole event from the inside which was an unforgettable thing.