|Lord Charles March is the mastermind and driving force behind two of the world’s greatest automotive events: the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. Both hugely popular motoring masterpieces are staged on his family’s picturesque rural estate set in the rolling Sussex countryside.|
Motor sport first came to Goodwood in 1948 when the original race circuit was opened by Lord March’s grandfather the 9th Duke of Richmond. He was a renowned amateur racer and expanded his interest in the sport by creating a track on the perimeter road that bordered the WWII aerodrome situated on his property. However after 18 years of memorable competition, Goodwood closed its gates to contemporary motor racing in 1966… but that was not the end of the story.
It had always been Lord March’s wish to bring motor racing back to Goodwood and, after a successful career as a still-life photographer, he started turning his dreams into reality. In 1993, while planning processes and other issues were overcome with the restoration of the famous circuit, he organised the first Festival of Speed hillclimb event in the grounds outside Goodwood House. It was an immediate success and has now evolved into the world’s most spectacular celebration of past and present automotive achievements.
On 18 September 1998, exactly 50 years to the day since the circuit first burst into life, Lord March re opened the historic venue that had been painstakingly restored to look exactly as it did in its heyday.
Today, thanks to Lord March’s inspiration, Goodwood is firmly re-established as two of the major milestones on the international social, motoring and motor sport calendars.