TAG 11 - Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit
4th - 5th June 2011
Goodwood is often described as “glorious”. Well where else can you combine an iconic race circuit, possibly the most famous hill climb in motor sport, some of the rarest sports cars ever seen (and never before seen together) and displays from classic aircraft? TAG 11 (TVRs At Goodwood 2011) was the venue, and the event undoubtedly lived up to the glorious name.
Over 400 TVRs and their owners turned out for the TVR Car Club’s headline event for the 2011 season, with the event starting on Friday night, 3rd
June, at Goodwood racecourse, where the TVR horsepower met some of the four legged variety for a night at the
races. Then onto the race circuit for Saturday morning where the show featured a track day, track demonstrations from Andy Holden's racing Sagaris and Daniel Nash's 1962 Le Mans Grantura, along with parade laps of the circuit for all, which not only gave members the chance to drive the circuit where Sir Stirling nearly lost his life, but they then left the confines of the circuit for a short drive to Goodwood House. Here, with the kind permission of Lord March, they were allowed to try their hand, at “modest” speed, up his famous hill climb just a couple of weeks ahead of the Festival of Speed.
For many the highlight was the unrivalled opportunity to view so many rare and unique TVRs together in a special ‘TVR Motorshow’ in the paddock area. This included cars from the early days of TVR through to some of the final cars which have been completed in the last few years, which together celebrated the spectacular history of the marque on both the road and race circuit. Of particular note was the unique road registered Cerbera Speed 12 and an unprecedented display of four Typhon/T440R cars along with the ex-press display T400R.
The show had a large international flavour with TVRs coming from throughout Europe including Germany, France and Switzerland, along with a large contingent from the Belgium and Luxembourg TVR Car Club.
The event supported the Help the Heroes charity for wounded servicemen, raising several thousand pounds. But more than that, the Club was humbled to welcome to the event as their guests a number of Coldstream Guardsmen who had only just returned from combat operations in Afghanistan, including some who had been injured while on active service. The event
was worth it just simply for the look on the faces of two young soldiers, both of whom had been severely injured on operations, being helped out of the passenger seats of the various cars in which they were given high speed demonstrations of the circuit.
Saturday concluded with spectacular air displays from the Yakolev display team, the Royal Navy Raiders freefall parachute display team, the Royal Navy Historic Flight's magnificent Sea Fury and Beat Retreat and the ceremony of Sunset performed by the band of the Adjutant General’s Corps, before members relaxed at a spectacular dinner dance in Chichester.
Sunday dawned wet, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the several hundred TVRCC members who returned to the circuit to claim pole position for the Goodwood Breakfast Club, for which TVR was the featured marque.
Was this the greatest TVRCC event ever? Possibly. Was it the best organised event ever? Well Goodwood certainly seemed to think so, as they praised the TVRCC and its members for what they described as the best event and best organised club event that they had ever had the privilege to host, adding “Would you like to come back next year?!” Our members certainly would.
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