Winter Lecture: The Goodwood Story


Event Details


From King Charles II and the creation of the Dukedom of Richmond in 1672, to the purchase of Goodwood by the family in 1697, to what is now England’s premier sporting estate, the Goodwood story spans over 300 years. This talk covers the fascinating life of Freddie March, the 9th Duke, and successful Brooklands racer. You will learn about Goodwood’s role in the Second World War, the creation of RAF Westhampnett within the estate, and how the first USAAF pilots to see action in the European theatre of the war were based there. The race circuit came into being after the war, and Goodwood’s glory years were 1948 to 1966, when the circuit closed for racing. A successful campaign was fought in the 1990s to return racing to Goodwood, resulting in the Goodwood Revival, first run in 1998.

Harry Sherrard has had a 30 year association with Goodwood, instructing at the circuit, being involved with the campaign for the return of racing, and driving in both the Revival and the Festival of Speed.

Coffee will be available from 10 am. Talk starts at 10:30 am with time for questions before concluding at noon.