A brand-new race for French and Italian pre-war Grand Prix and Voiturette machines has joined the roster for the 75th Members’ Meeting at the Goodwood Motor Circuit on March 18 and 19.
Named in honour of Italian superstar Achille Varzi, who switched from motorcycles to cars in the late Twenties and achieved great success for Alfa Romeo, Auto Union and Bugatti during the Thirties, the Varzi Trophy will form part of the 12-race programme during the spring spectacular.
Catering for cars that competed up to 1939, the race will feature a mouth-watering line-up from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Delahaye, Maserati and Talbot-Lago.
The event is the fourth of the Motor Circuit’s recreations of the 71 period BARC Members’ Meetings, which took place at Goodwood until it closed for racing in 1966.
As with the Revival meeting every September, there will also be a number of high-speed demonstrations over the weekend.
This year it’s the turn of 3.0-litre sports-prototypes, with Italian exotica from Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, wailing V12 Matras and Cosworth DFV-engined Lolas, Mirages and more.
There will also be a demonstration called Legends of GT1, celebrating the production-based supercars that raced at Le Mans from 1994 to 1998, including examples from Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, Ferrari and Lister alongside the incomparable McLaren F1-GTRs.
There will also be Group A touring cars from early Rover SD1 and BMW 635CSi to the later Ford Sierra RS500 and BMW M3.
The Goodwood Revival historic race meeting is on September 8-10.