I am thrilled to be the Tribe Leader of this very exciting new forum for all of us with a lifelong love of cars. Here at Goodwood, we are all racing fans, and in the coming weeks and months I will not only be sharing with you all sorts of my personal car and bike related stuff, but also keeping you abreast of what we have in store for the new Goodwood season in 2017.
I inherited my love of cars and racing from my Grandfather, Freddie March, who won the Brooklands Double Twelve for MG in 1931, and who created the Goodwood Motor Circuit back in 1948. He always used to take me with him on Easter Monday to our big meeting here at Goodwood. For a small boy, it was simply heaven to be up close to all those glorious looking and sounding machines. He’d also treat me like a grown up and properly introduce me to drivers who quickly became my heroes – names like Jim Clark, Jo Bonnier, Dan Gurney and Jack Brabham. I remember the big Tourist Trophy races, and of course Stirling in the Rob Walker Ferrari 250 SWB – arguably the most famous Goodwood car of all. I was offered it for £2m a few years ago, which would have been one of the greatest bargains of all time, but that is a story for another time…
My grandfather was an accomplished engineer who, after serving his apprenticeship with Bentley, went on to design some very nice March-bodied cars such as the AC 16/80 sportscar from 1934 – the prototype of which I do have (you can see it in the photograph at the top of the page). My Grandfather was the very first to compete on the roads we now use for the Festival of Speed when he held a hill climb event for the Lancia Car Club in 1936, so the passion for speed has long been a part of life at Goodwood. He was always a big Lancia fan and we had his original Augusta at the first Festival in 1993 (I have a lovely Aurelia now). Since then, I have been hugely fortunate to drive many of the cars I dreamt of as a small boy – unbelievable things like the Chaparral 2E, Porsche917/30, Mercedes W196 Streamliner and many more.
Earlier this year, I was the first person ever to drive the new Bugatti Chiron outside of the Bugatti test drivers. I also get to travel to some of the world’s great events and meet lots of the people who own and run all the wonderful machinery that we so love and want to get close to.
As your Tribe Leader, I will be sharing some of these amazingly lucky and exciting moments with you on Drivetribe. All of us have this lifelong love of... well, anything on wheels, and the faster the better! So this is where we can get together to tell our stories and share our photos. I’m sure you will respond with your own opinions and your own experiences. It should be great fun.