Huff on for classic weekend of motorsport at 73rd Goodwood Members' Meeting
Former FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff will make his Goodwood Members’ Meeting debut this weekend (March 21-22), where he’s due to pilot an array of classic racing machines, from a Group 1 Ford Capri to a Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupé.
The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Members’ Meetings, held ‘in period’ at Goodwood throughout the Fifties and Sixties.
The 73rd Members’ Meeting promises to be a stunning spectacle and will comprise of Formula 1 cars from the Seventies, the biggest collection of McLaren F1 GTRs ever assembled, and a group of wild and raucous 250mph Group C Le Mans cars.
Huff will manhandle Dick Prothero's Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupé – the same car he and Richard Meins took to fifth place in the RAC TT Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival last year – in the Graham Hill Trophy on Saturday (21 March) evening.
Presented today in gunmetal grey and worth in excess of over £275,000, the iconic piece of machinery is best known by its ‘CUT 7’ registration, which is widely recognised by those who lined the spectator banks to witness Prothero taking E-Types to countless victory in the 1960s.
The event will also play host to the Gerry Marshall Trophy for hugely popular Group 1 ‘tin-tops’ from the Seventies and early Eighties, and Huff will go head-to-head against an array of former British Touring Car Champions, including Jason Plato, Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan, behind the wheel of long-time friend Richard Meins’ Bastos-liveried Ford Capri III 3.0S.
The Gerry Marshall Trophy, named after the saloon racing cult hero of the era, will feature a sprint race on the Saturday of the event to set the grid for a two-driver feature race the following day (Sunday 22 March).
“It’s my first Goodwood Members’ Meeting and I’m really excited about driving Richard Meins’ beautiful Jaguar E-Type,” said Huff. “When the car was first raced at Goodwood in 1961, its best result was sixth, until Richard and I finished fifth last year at the Revival. We’ve been making some tweaks to it over the winter, so it should be faster and hopefully take us to victory.
“I will also be driving Richard’s new Capri, which he took ownership of just before Christmas, so it will be new to both of us. The car has been beautifully restored and I’m excited to see what it can do. When I first started racing these classic cars I was massively concerned about damaging them, but, as Richard says, he wouldn’t want them on a racetrack if he didn’t want to race them.
Huff continued: “The cars of old are still very well built, with their big engines and not a lot of grip, making the races all the more fun. It’s meetings like this that reaffirm why I love racing. It’s a great family affair where everyone has fun and enjoys each other’s company, but as soon as the lights go green, the visors come down and the battle begins.”
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