Lord March is the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed (1993) and reopened the Goodwood Motor Circuit in September 1998. This is the only circuit in the world dedicated to historic motor racing. He inherited his love of motor racing from his grandfather, the 9th Duke, who was a successful designer and driver in the 1930s. Lord March was previously a well-known London advertising photographer under the name of Charles Settrington. In 2010, he organised the first ever celebration of British design, music and fashion festival, Vintage at Goodwood.
The 10th Duke of Richmond
Charles Henry Gordon Lennox, the 10th Duke of Richmond, Lennox, Gordon and Aubigny is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. As a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, he was for many years a Church Commissioner and on the World Council of Churches Central Committee. He has played a leading part in the Historic Houses Association, the Sussex Heritage Trust, and the Chichester Cathedral Trust. He is Chancellor of Sussex University, President of the Sussex County Cricket Club and President of the Chichester Festivities, as well as being President of the South East England Tourist Board and of the Sussex Rural Community Council. As Chairman of the Goodwood Group of Companies since 1969 he has guided the strengthening and development of Goodwood over the last twenty-five years.
The Duke was born in 1929. In 1951 he married Susan Grenville-Grey. They have 5 children, including one son, the Earl of March.
The Duchess created the Goodwood International Dressage competition, which took place for twenty one years. She still continues the tradition of horses at Goodwood and is a great lover of animals. Their Graces have now moved into Molecomb, a house on the estate originally built by the 3rd Duke for his sister, Lady Sarah.
Frederick, 9th Duke of Richmond, Lennox, Gordon and Aubigny (1904 - 1989)
The only Duke not to be called Charles as his first Christian name, the 9th Duke inherited the title following the tragic death of his brother, then Lord Settrington, on the British Eastern Front in 1919, where he was supporting the White Russians against the Bolsheviks. Like all the younger sons of the Dukes, his second name was Charles. Educated at Eton and Christ Church, he trained as a motor mechanic on the shop floor at Bentley and, despite his parents’ anxieties, became an expert racing driver, winning the Brooklands Double 12 Race in 1931. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Air Force. In 1948 he founded the Goodwood Motor Circuit using the perimeter track of the war-time Westhampnett airfield on the estate. The Circuit closed in 1966 but was reopened by the Earl of March for historic motor racing in 1998, on the 50th anniversary of its founding. The 9th Duke married Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Hudson.
Charles, 8th Duke of Richmond, Lennox, Gordon and Aubigny (1870-1935)
Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, the 8th Duke also followed the family’s military traditions, serving in the South African war as ADC to Field Marshal Earl Roberts. He was sadly deprived of service in the First World War when he contracted polio which left him unable to walk for the rest of his life. However, he travelled round the estate at high speed in his wheel chair, and paths were cut through fields and crops especially to facilitate his progress. He married Hilda Brassey, granddaughter of the railway pioneer Thomas Brassey.
Charles, 7th Duke of Richmond, Lennox, Gordon and Aubigny (1845-1928)
The 7th Duke was the first of the family to be educated at Eton. He joined the Grenadier Guards and was active politically. Like many of his forbears he was an MP before inheriting the Dukedom, first for West Sussex and then for Chichester. The 7th Duke gave great houseparties at Goodwood for the races, and every year insisted on travelling to Gordon Castle on a private train with all his family, the day after Glorious Goodwood ended. He loved the Highland life of shooting, fishing and stalking. A stern military figure, the Duke was for forty years a widower.. His first wife, the beautiful and intelligent Amy Ricardo, died in 1868. He was married again quite soon, to Isabel Craven, but his second marriage was not happy. His wife also died young, of typhoid, and he did not remarry. He also lost a son, Lord Bernard, and a grandson, Lord Settrington, in the First World War.