Charles, 11th Duke of Richmond and Gordon

On the death of his father, Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the 10th Duke of Richmond and Gordon on September 1 this year our Honorary Committee Member, Charles, the Earl of March and Kinrara, has become the new Duke of Richmond and Gordon.

Better known for the creation of the Goodwood Festival and the Goodwood Revival, Charles is well known amongst motor racing and particular historic motor racing enthusiasts. He has created probably the premier historic motor racing meeting which not only displays the best in modern historic motor racing but also a showpiece for enthusiasts to create the social atmosphere and fun of previous eras of motor racing.

His enthusiasm for motorsport mostly came from his Grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond who was a successful racing driver in pre-War times. As a member of the Austin team he won the Brooklands 500 Miles event. He later created his own team of MG Midgets to go racing in 1931.

During the war when his Goodwood Estate housed one of the Fighter Squadrons at Goodwood he met up with the late Australian racing driver Tony Gaze who was a WWII pilot and between them created the Goodwood racing circuit.

Also, when the Grand Prix Drivers Club was founded in 1962 as the Club International des Anciens Pilotes de Grand Prix F1, Freddy Richmond became an Honorary Committee Member of the club and was followed in this role by his grandson.

The Grand Prix Drivers Club offer Charles, the new Duke of Richmond and Gordon best wishes and success in his new role.


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