Goodwood 79MM Competition

John Watson Porsche Rothmans at 79MM
John Watson Rothmans Porsche #18 Low Downforce Group C 962

Last weekend, the 9th and 10th April, our photographer Gary Harman spent two incredible days at the 79th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood, packed with Formula 1, Le Mans racing cars, pre-war legends and touring cars, as they raced around the legendary Goodwood racetrack.

The following images are a montage of Gary’s photographs from the two days, covering the Graham Hill Trophy, Surtees Trophy and the Porsche 956 and 962 Group C cars.

This year’s Members’ Meeting featured plenty of track demonstrations and is always a more intimate event, as you don’t get all the normal Goodwood crowds, meaning you are able to access all areas as a member of the Goodwood Road Racing Club community.

Joest Newman Porsche #7 Group C 956B
Joest Newman Porsche #7 Group C 956B
Porsche Kenwood at 79MM
Kenwood Porsche #21 Blue Group C 956
Porsche Kenwood
Kenwood Porsche #21 Blue Group C 956
Joe Twyman Rothmans Porsche
Joe Twyman Rothmans Porsche #1 Group C 962-004
Rothmans Porsche #17 962
Rothmans Porsche #17 962
Porsche Shell - Dunlop 962
Porsche Shell – Dunlop #17 962

Saturday was predominantly a day full of practice sessions, with every car timed for their grid positions for Sunday’s races. There was the Gerry Marshall Trophy practice session, followed by the motorbikes, which took to the track. The car practice sessions then continued until the first track demonstration of some iconic Formula 1 cars, celebrating the wonderful loud V10-engined era.

The afternoon saw further practice sessions for the GT cars of the Graham Hill Trophy and the powerful Can-Am cars of the Surtees Trophy.

David Hart Ford GT40 at 79MM
David Hart Ford GT40 leading the pack away for Surtees Trophy
Emile Breittmayer Ford GT40
Emile Breittmayer Ford GT40
Ford GT40 HA
Ford GT40 HA
Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder
Oliver Bryant Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder
McKee-Chevrolet 'Mahrya'
Greg Thornton McKee-Chevrolet ‘Mahrya’
Michael Birch Ford GT40
Michael Birch Ford GT40

The car racing then got underway later in the day with the Gerry Marshall Trophy, which is a two-driver, 45-minute race for Group 1 touring cars.

The day was then rounded off with the demonstration for Porsche 956 and 962 sportscars, with the Group C legends sprinting around the Goodwood circuit as the sun set, with the closing laps taking place in darkness, just as the background 79MM party got underway.

Sunday’s 79MM was filled with a full day of racing and demonstrations, which started with the Peter Collins Trophy sportscars, followed by A-series engined race for the Weslake Cup.

AC Cobra at 79MM
AC Cobra – James Cottingham and Harvey Stanley
AC Cobra Le Mans Coupe
AC Cobra Le Mans Coupe – Alex Brundle and Richard Wilson
Aston Martin DP214 at 79MM
Aston Martin DP214 – Simon Hadfield and Wolfgang Friedrichs
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray – Craig Davies and Jason Plato
Jaguar E Type at 79MM
Jaguar E Type – Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen

Just after midday, the Porsche 956 and 962 Group C cars took to the track before the big GT race of the day, the 45-minute, two-driver, Graham Hill Trophy.

The 79MM finally drew to a close with the Gerry Marshall Sprint reversed-grid race for Group 1 saloons, before the prize giving wrapped up the weekend’s activities.

Author Bio:

Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.

Photographs by Gary Harman

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