Members Only At Goodwood’s Best Kept Secret

“I’m going to Goodwood this weekend.”

“Oh, I didn’t think the Festival of Speed was on so soon this year?”

“It’s not.”

“The Revival?”

It’s a conversation that I’m sure most who’ve attended a Members’ Meeting at Goodwood in the past will likely have experienced at some stage.

Even some of the most committed enthusiasts, who are well versed in automotive events and festivals around the globe, are unaware of (or at least not completely familiar with) the lesser known Goodwood event.

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Of course, it’s perfectly understandable. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is arguably the greatest single celebration of motorsport and automobiles on earth, and the Goodwood Revival is world renowned for its throwback style and retro race meetings. Both of these events cast a pretty significant shadow, which is where the exclusive Members’ Meeting resides.

Exclusive is perhaps the key word here, as to attend the Members’ Meeting, you need to hold membership with the Goodwood Road Racing Club.

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I can understand that this might come across as elitist to those outside the club, but it’s really not the case. Instead, it’s Goodwood’s way of showing their appreciation to people who have helped to support them over the years.

So, what exactly is the Members’ Meeting? Speedhunters has been attending Goodwood events since our inception in 2008, but this would be our first official visit to this event. If I could attempt to simplify it, it’s almost like a miniature Revival, but with significantly less crowds. The action takes place over two days, instead of the Revival’s three day affair, but there’s certainly no compromises anywhere to be found otherwise.

Like the Festival of Speed and Revival, it’s a very special occasion.

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This was Goodwood’s 77th Members’ Meeting (77MM) and like the Revival (and another of our favourite events, Players Classic) it is held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, a stone’s throw from Lord March’s house and his driveway which hosts the Festival of Speed each year.

77MM played host to a packed schedule of race meetings which featured cars that had raced prior to 1923 all the way up to 1982, and Formula 750 motorcycles which raced until 1972. The car grids saw single seaters, prototypes, saloons, GT cars and others go head-to-head in races which featured more action than an entire season of Formula 1.

There were also the high speed demonstration runs which celebrated Le Mans Prototypes, NASCAR, BMW M1 Procars and 50 years of the Porsche 917.

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There’s a lot to cover from the two day event, so consider this your rapid introduction to the Members’ Meeting before we go into detail later this week with a focus on the Mini filled Betty Richmond Trophy, the 917s and a couple of other things that piqued our interest.

Yes, 917s. Plural.

Paddy McGrath
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Oooo a Chris Harris video coming soon?


"I can understand that this might come across as elitist to those outside the club, but it’s really not the case."

You're fine. Relax.


The only ones that would find this elitist are the ones that wouldn't be able afford the price of admission in 5 lifetimes anyway.


Those shots of Webber and Harris are epic! After seeing your Insta stories, looking forward to the coverage


ahh man, this is amazing. those 917s! I'd like to thank you for covering this magnificent event.


My only quarm was that this year it wasn't broadcast openly, you had to be a member to even watch the footage. Put a bit of a dampener on my weekend as I had planned on spending a few hours watching after missing out on tickets. Oh well.


It was broadcast on ITV4, it was great coverage.


Damn son, the benefits of being filthy rich.
who said money cant buy happiness


"Money can't buy happiness" is one of the more idiotic adages out there anyway. Obviously there are things out there that are free and make you happy but seriously, who came up with this? Money buys a home and food (can't say I'd be happy if I was starving and dying of pneumonia while huddling under a bridge in the winter), pays for hobbies that put a smile on your face, etc. Nobody can honestly deny 100% immunity to even the smallest amount of materialism; it's human nature.


There are many unhappy people who are incredibly wealthy, hence money doesn't buy happiness.


Words like "doesn't" and "can't" imply impossibility, though, and it's not true for everyone. Those cases you mention sound to me more along the lines of depression, or a personality type that makes them no good around other people, etc. Money could pay for a psychiatrist or coaching to work on things like that, and incredibly wealthy people can afford the best help.


Are there happy people that are poor? Yes. Are there unhappy people who are rich? Yes. Money can buy you things, it is impossible for it to buy you happiness. The physical things that make you happy today may or may not make you happy tomorrow. The saying is in reference to true contentment which is something that most people discover later in life. Money can entertain you, make you forget about things for a time but it won't get you happiness.


But is every poor person happy? Is every wealthy person depressed? No. Like I said, everyone's different that way. Money isn't at all a motivator for me (if it was, I wouldn't have held my s***** job for so long), but I have a 'low' limit and know for a fact that I would not be happy if I could not rely on maintaining certain necessities tomorrow because survival and not living outside are number one. My point is that blanket statements like that saying are idiotic, because they're worded as if they apply to everyone when they don't.


I'll make it a little more simple, happiness is a feeling or emotion, much like love. Money cannot buy emotions or feelings which is why they say money can't buy either. It's a "blanket statement" because it's been true for everyone throughout history.


money cant buy happyness but poverty cant buy anything.


No kiddin'...
Pretty cool but sorry, elitist is truly the only word that truly describes this type of thing.


To become a fellow of the GRRC is £39 per year, which gives you access to the Livestream and allows you to purchase tickets to the Members' Meeting along with early access to FoS & Revival tickets amongst other things.

For comparison, Netflix is £96 per year for the most basic package in the UK.


literally the only subscription i would purchase. netflix is a ripoff get tubi tv and deal with some older classics for free.


Amazing shots Paddy, looking forward to more!


Guys, 90% of all racing is super elitist. Most of the cars on that track are unobtanium for 99.999% of us. Who cares. Motorsports is still fun to watch no matter what the type.


I was going to say, even consistently running your car at track days is very pricey. Racing requires sponsorship-- and only the elite are sponsored to race. So when it comes to an event like this, paying the price to attend just makes us part of the 99% of mere mortals who go for the love of motorsport.


It was good to meet you Paddy, this was my third year going to the Members Meet, having done Silverstone classic, FOS and the Revival. The end of the day the fellowship is 1/2 a tank of V Power and if it allows me to witness 5x M1 Procars, x4 917's or last year watch Grp 5 320i been drifted through the chicane in the snow its the bargain of the century!


I feel like I have to disagree with you when you say the Members Meeting is the lesser known/secret. This to lots of people is one that you have to attend which I have to say is an amazing event each year.

There's probably no other place you'll see more than 5 McLaren F1/variants together and on track which is just beautiful.

Another great thing is that the event itself for people who can't make it is streamed online just like the FoS.

Great write up and pictures :)