Lord March was in fine form as he entertained guests at the Goodwood Press Day in April, outlining the 2008 event theme of ‘Hawthorn to Hamilton – Britain’s Love Affair with World Motor Sport’. Mentioning motor shows at Earl’s Court, he added “which we used to own. That’s why it’s called Earls Court…”
Two dozen cars, from a 1906 Mercedes to current supercars, performed on the hill embracing Grand Prix, sports cars, CART and rallying, while classic and current racing ’bikes snarled by to emphasise the two-wheeled angle. Dragsters, the Land Rover LRX concept, and a trio of James Bond cars draped with glamorous lady “Russian agents” decorated the front lawn to illustrate the Cartier concours, Bonhams auction and what is promised to be a “jaw-dropping” lawn sculpture, while Dougie Lampkin demonstrated some mountaineering on his trials bike – including riding up the carpeted staircase of the Earl’s home (above). Goodwood’s Press Day is a miniature Festival in itself.