The test day for the inaugural Goodwood Members’ Meeting was held Friday 14 March 2014 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. The preparation for the 72nd Members’ Meeting testing featured a great selection of race cars being readied and drivers familiarising themselves with the famed Goodwood Circuit.
Among the more unusual cars to have been prepared especially for the 2014 Goodwood Members’ Meeting was the Lotus 11 ‘Breadvan’. The car, whose bodywork was reportedly built from a Mosquito aircraft fuel tank, is one of the more unusual-looking entries, and it will be a sight to see it compete with the Ferrari 250 ‘Breadvan’ in the Moss Trophy. Owner David Cooke said, “Well the roof hasn’t come off! In fact there’s no rattling at all. The car feels like a regular Lotus 11, but it seems to be making more speed – I can’t tell because the rev counter isn’t working right now. Perhaps we’ll need to install a higher final drive for the meeting.”
Lotus Formula 1 team member Tim Scott-Andrews arrived early to test the freshly-built Group one ‘Triplex’ Rover SD1, originally campaigned by Tim Harvey. We asked what it was like to drive. “I don’t know, really. The furthest it’s driven so far was off the trailer to the noise testing,” said Scott-Andrews.
Also competing in the Moss Trophy will be Chris Drake and Andy Prill in a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, who arrived early for testing with the car looking and sounding wonderful. Both have a busy 72nd Members’ Meeting ahead of them with Chris driving a menacing-looking black McLaren M6B, as well as sharing the driving of the Corvette with Andy — who himself will also be ensuring the legendary ‘Rothmans’ Porsche 956 runs properly for its owner in the Low Drag Le Mans demonstration.
In complete contrast to the relatively-heavy and powerful V8 monsters will be McLaren Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin who will drive his father Tony’s Lola Mk2 in the Threlfall cup. This remarkable little car was originally purchased by Tom Threlfall himself and was raced by Goodwin senior at Goodwood in 1964. When Chris drives it at the 2014 Goodwood Members’ Meeting it will be almost fifty years to the day since his father campaigned the same car. Fittingly, Tony was down to test the car before signing it off for Chris to race.
As if to highlight the diversity of the cars competing at the Members’ Meeting, just a short distance away from the Goodwins in a corner of the paddock was the Faberge-liveried Chevrolet Camaro, the Belga-sponsored 3.0 Capri, Mini Coopers, various Aston Martins, Lotus Cortinas, AC Cobras, GT40s, a phalanx of various Frazer Nash models, and more. Proof, as if it were needed, that the 72nd Members’ Meeting is going to be something special.
Photographer Julien Mahiels documented Test Day for the 2014 Goodwood Members’ Meeting, with the following images that offer insight into the diverse selection of race cars that will participate in the debut historic event. We split up Julien’s 135 pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.
Goodwood Members’ Meeting Test Day 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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