What a way to kick off the new classic car and race car season. The spring daffodils were looking glorious on the pit straight and the sun was shining. A relief after the freezing snow and ice of last year.
We had two cars to focus on. My TR2 was running in the Tony Gaze Trophy and finished a credible 15th out of 30. Then our Jaguar C Type finished in the same position in the final race of the day. Sadly, a big accident brought proceedings to a close. A Cooper Bristol and Jaguar D Type had a heavy coming together. My good friend who was driving the Cooper was okay and no doubt, some major bodywork will see both cars ready to fight another day.
Really hard to pick a highlight with so many great cars and races on the day however, I must say that the Mini race was a lot of fun! They were so incredibly fast and well matched that it was literally going to be a last corner, last gasp and dash to the finish line to decide the winner.
Away from the track there was a major sponsor investment by McLaren with dozens of their cars which were used for fun runs between races, course cars and displays around the circuit. The members meeting attracts purveyors of the internal ignition machine. Whether it be a 1919 Vauxhall or a 2019 McLaren, Goodwood members appreciate and own all manner of internal combustion engine. This is exactly what we see in our customers at Cambridge & Counties Bank. The reality is that we would provide finance to a customer for a 1960 Aston Martin, who also has a 1930 Bentley and a 2019 McLaren and probably a race car on the track too!
Goodwood as expected, was superb! I personally prefer the Members Meeting to the Revival, nevertheless, both events are right up there with the best of their type anywhere in the world. A must for the diary next year!