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Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2019 will sound amazing
BMW M1 Procars will make all the noise, while Le Mans prototypes also star
Members’ Meeting is increasingly the coolest of Goodwood’s repertoire of events. The 2019 instalment looks no different, with a handful of demonstration laps announced this week.
Making the best noise – not just in cars, but ever – will be a high-speed run of BMW M1 Procars. Unofficially (but indisputably) the most magnificent sounding vehicle on the planet, a handful of them will lap Goodwood circuit in an attempt to recreate the magic of the one-make Procar series from 1979 and 1980.
It ran on the same weekends as Formula 1, but unlike today, most of the F1 grid could also be found in the support race. Hans Stuck, who took part in both seasons, said: “The Procar race was usually better than the Grand Prix itself. I loved racing those cars, it was the best thing ever, incredibly competitive and those straight-six engines made a wonderful noise.”
Producing a slightly less wonderful noise at Goodwood – but arguably packing more visual drama – will be a demo run of Le Mans Prototype racers. While the line-up is yet to be confirmed, expect a variety of cars from the diesels of Audi and Peugeot to more recent hybrids like the Porsche 919. The run will take place on Saturday evening in dusk, giving anyone there a little taste of the Le Mans 24 Hours the cars most famously competed in.
Members’ Meeting will be held a little later next year – in an attempt to avoid the blizzards of 2018’s event – taking place on 6 and 7 April 2019.