The Goodwood 75th Members Meeting offers up some of the best racing in the U.K. that isn’t on the Isle of Man. There are a multitude of races that take place during the weekend, including a new one, the Pierpoint Cup, that features musclecars up to the 1966 model year hauling around…picture a ton of early Mustangs and Falcons duking it out with Studebaker Larks, Dodge Darts, A-body Barracudas and the random 427 Galaxie and you’ll get the idea. But the big draw over the weekend is still, far and away, the Gerry Marshall trophy race. It’s a two-part, two-driver race for 1970-1982 machines and features a wide variety of machines on the line. Minis and Triumph Dolomite Sprints dice with Ford Escorts and Capris, while Rover SD1s play with second-gen Chevrolet Camaros.
This year, the Camaros, which are usually favored to be in the top finishing spots, were fitted with extra weight on board to make sure that their success wasn’t as much of a runaway deal. You might be convinced that the Camaros and the Rovers are all but promised a win, but don’t be so sure…the drivers of the smaller cars drive the balls off of them, and it’s not uncommon to watch an Escort hanging right on the edge of a drift working a corner, or to hear a Mini lapping the course at full rev with almost no brake input whatsoever!