IN PICTURES: Thousands enjoy 74th Goodwood Members' Meeting
Thousands of car lovers of all ages flocked to Goodwood's famous motor circuit for a weekend of fast racing and classic cars and bikes.
In total 33,000 visitors turned up for a sell-out 74th instalment of the historic Members’ Meeting, revived in recent years.
Formula One legend Mika Hakkinen was among a host of famous racing names who were there to either compete or enjoy the rip-roaring action.
Before getting behind the wheel, the double world champion ‘Flying Finn’ told the crowd: “It’s great to be back racing again and great to be back in England. “It’s fantastic to see so many people here and see their excitement, I’ve seen a lot of friends and of course the beautiful cars.”
The hugely impressive list of beautiful cars pulled together for the weekend included a host of Edwardian machines, racing at Goodwood for the first time, as well as high-octane track demonstrations featuring 30 Formula 1 cars from the late 1970s and ‘80s.
Among them was a Lotus 78, famed for starting the ground effect F1 revolution.
Guests also enjoyed the sight of Group 5 sports cars – including a record gathering of Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s – plus some of the iconic Super Touring tin-top saloon racers from the halcyon days of BTCC.
The intense smell of burning fuel hung heavy in the air all weekend, while the roar of revving engines drew people around the iconic cars like moths to a flame.
Other famous names on show included five-time Le Mans winners Derek Bell, from Pagham, and Emmanuelle Pirro, who captained one of the teams collecting points over the course of the weekend.
The winning captain was Anthony Reid, the legendary sports and touring car driver and Goodwood regular.
Away from the track there was plenty of other activities, including evening entertainment on Saturday, as well as duck herding, archery, ferret racing and a tug of war.
A number of iconic cars were sold off at the Bonhams auction on Sunday, including the 1920s Rolls-Royce once owned by Lord Mountbatten, which fetched £264,700.
At the end of another successful Members’ Meeting, the Earl of March said “I am very proud that we managed to pull together one of the best selections of racing cars and bikes ever at Goodwood, and despite some challenging moments, the event was a great success.”
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