Pearson stars at glorious Goodwood

James Wood prepares to race a Frazer Nash Le Mans at Goodwood last weekend
James Wood prepares to race a Frazer Nash Le Mans at Goodwood last weekend
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The 72nd Members’ Meeting organised by the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) and the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) at Goodwood was voted a huge 
success, with 12 thrilling races taking place across an action-packed weekend.

Carrying on the tradition of Members’ Meetings that ran at the West Sussex venue until 1966, the race meeting was well attended and has established itself on the historic racing calendar alongside the track’s annual Revival meeting.

A host of Advertiser & Review racers were in action, with Gary Pearson the star of the show.

At the wheel of a BRM Type 25, Pearson sensationally won the Brabham Trophy after longtime leader, Roger Wills, retired his Cooper T51 at the end of the penultimate lap. Pearson swept past in his front-engined Grand Prix car to win in style. Pearson only narrowly missed out on a Goodwood double when he was beaten into second by Andrew Smith’s Lister-Chevrolet in the Salvadori Cup.

James Wood was also a busy driver, racing in three events across the weekend.

He drove a Lotus 15 to ninth position in the Salvadori Cup and a Frazer Nash Le Mans MkII to 23rd in the Collins Trophy.

He said afterwards: “This is such an original car. It was a pleasure to race it at Goodwood. Much hard work has gone into making the car ready for this weekend and it was driven to the circuit and now after the race it will be driven home as well.”

Wood also raced a Bugatti Type35, owned by Pink Floyd rock drummer, Nick Mason. In the Grover-Williams Trophy for Bugatti cars, Wood finished eighth having been forced to start from the pit lane due to an engine misfire.

Rupert Wood, driving a Widi-Climax, finished 18th in the Salvadori Cup race.

Turweston’s Barrie Williams returned to a single-seater for the event, and drove a Bond-Ford to fifth in the Threlfall Cup. He said:”This has been an amazing weekend and I have enjoyed every minute of it.”