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The Duke of Richmond Reflects on His Goodwood Festival of Speed

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, that kicks off again tomorrow, has been a tie on a automotive calendar for a past 25 years. The eventuality was recognised by Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, a 11th Duke of Richmond (formerly Lord March), as a approach to revitalise seductiveness in motorsport.

Robb Report recently asked a Duke of Richmond about a festival, how it has progressed, and what a few of his favorite moments have been.

How many people attend a festival any year?

When we started in 1993 we were not during all certain how many would come to that initial Festival of Speed. We fast ran out of tickets, however, and by a finish of that initial two-day eventuality we had counted about 25,000 people by a gates. Now, over a 4 days of a Festival, we have a throng of over 200,000, with fans entrance from all corners of a world.

Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, a 11th Duke of Richmond and owner of a Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, a 11th Duke of Richmond and owner of a Goodwood Festival of Speed. 
Photo by Uli Weber.

What form of motorsport foe takes place during a Goodwood Festival of Speed?

Most of a cars and bikes contest opposite a time on a 1.16 mile hill-climb march that runs by Goodwood Park before going adult a mountain towards a equine racecourse on a Sussex Downs. This lane was initial used by a Lancia Car Club, who staged a mountain climb. The fastest time was set by my Grandfather, regulating his “local knowledge” and his possess Lancia Aprilia.

In sequence to compete, what criteria do a drivers need to meet?  

All drivers and riders contingency have a foe permit and all a cars and bikes are scrutineered by a BARC [British Automobile Racing Club], who control a lane during a event.

The Duke of Richmond piloting a Bugatti Chiron during a past using of a Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Duke of Richmond piloting a Bugatti Chiron during a past using of a Goodwood Festival of Speed. 
Photo by Gary Hawkins/Shutterstock.

How many people work during a event?

Well we have over 750 permanent staff during Goodwood year-round though with all a infrequent staff, partner teams, and agencies that come to build a stands and make a events happen, we can have over 11,000 people operative on a Festival of Speed. It’s utterly towering though it’s a largest green-field site-build in a universe and we have many partners. One impulse a perspective from my window is of weed and sheep and then, within a month or two, there’s a tiny city out there—it’s a large operation. We minister around £240 million to a economy, according to a new University of Brighton report.

Is there a munificent member to a Festival of Speed?

We support many, many internal causes and charities opposite a Estate. Each vital competition or eventuality will have a gift component to it and my family and we have always been heavily concerned in ancillary internal free bodies and giving time and support to internal causes.

What creates a Festival of Speed so special?

Making all a cars permitted to a open was a pivotal thing, we have no ropes around anything, that no one else was doing. It’s always been partial of a ethos of a eventuality that a cars and drivers were accessible. Entries were also all by invitation only, and we’re still really prohibited on selecting a cars and bikes we feel are right.

A racecar hurtles past Goodwood House. during a Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A high-powered entrant hurtles past Goodwood House. 
Photo: Courtesy Goodwood Festival of Speed.

What was your impulse for a event?

Goodwood has a good motorsport history, going behind to 1948 when my Grandfather determined a circuit for racing. He was a penetrating racing motorist before a fight and it was by him that we grown my passion for cars, so, when we took over a estate, one of a initial things we wanted to do was to try and get a circuit going again.

I founded a Festival of Speed in 1993, usually to see if there was still a tie for people in propinquity to Goodwood and cars. Of march that tie incited out to be huge.  We re-opened a Motor Circuit in 1998 and combined a Revival, a usually vital sporting eventuality in a universe to take place totally to a duration theme. we consider a nostalgia is so critical to people as a cars and bikes take them behind to a infirm time in their lives, a time when motorsport was really glamorous and exciting— and that’s really powerful.

From left: Bernie Ecclestone, a Duke of Richmond, and Nico Rosberg during a 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

From left: Bernie Ecclestone, a Duke of Richmond, and Nico Rosberg during a 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. 
Photo by Dominic O’Neill/SilverHub/Shutterstock.

What is your all-time favorite racing car?

The Maserati 250F.

What have been your fondest memories of a festival?

My favorite moments are too many to mention, though among good memories are a Ferrari F1 group entrance in 1996, pushing Jim Hall’s good Chaparral 2E on a hill, Dan Gurney pushing his Eagle F1 automobile in 1995, and removing all a Silver Arrows (Merc and Auto Union) from a Mercedes and Audi museums. And we should embody Bernie Ecclestone entrance in 2017, carrying waited for him to accept after so many years!

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