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Goodwood Founder Cherishes Rare Overseas Trip by Borg-Warner Trophy for Famous Festival’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Considering the Borg-Warner Trophy from the Indianapolis 500 had never left the country until last November when it made a trip to Japan, it is making up for lost time in terms of international travel.

The famed trophy that features the face of every Indianapolis 500-winning driver along with Tony Hulman, the man who saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from extinction in 1945, has made another overseas trip.

This time, it's for the 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed started Thursday, July 12 and runs through Sunday, July 15. Goodwood is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles and is attended by crowds of over 100,000 spectators on each of its four days.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 by Charles Gordon-Lennox, who at the time was Lord March. Shortly after taking over the Goodwood estate in the early 1990s, Lord March wanted to return motor racing to Goodwood Circuit but did not have the necessary permit to host a race there.

Instead, he came up with the concept of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where historic cars from different categories all race up the hill.

Today, Gordon-Lennox is the 11th The Duke of Richmond. He reflected on the 25th year of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“When we started the Goodwood Festival of Speed, we certainly hoped we'd do something people would really love,” The Duke of Richmond said. “We had no idea it would be such a success. I never guessed that people would feel so strongly about the event and keep coming back – I can't believe this is our 25th anniversary, our silver jubilee year, which is an extraordinary thing.”

And to help celebrate the 25th anniversary, the Borg-Warner Trophy has made the trip to England as a special guest.

“I've obviously seen the fabulous Borg-Warner Trophy in the United States,” The Duke of Richmond said. “I was at Indianapolis in 1993, a very important year for us, the first year we had the Festival of Speed, and it inspired me with lots of great ideas, actually. I can't believe it is actually here on the starting line with some of the bricks from the Brickyard, which makes it even more special.

“We are very thrilled and very honored to have it here with us.”

American racing and the Indianapolis 500 have been featured attractions at Goodwood in the past. The start/finish line at Goodwood is made from the original bricks that paved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when it was constructed in 1909.

“One of my fondest memories is when Dan Gurney came very early to the Festival of Speed with the Eagle, that was big one for me,” The Duke of Richmond said. “I remember Dan racing here in the 1960s. Dan was such a wonderful man; we all miss him.

“We've also had some of the world's greatest Indy cars here over the years. That's where we've been so lucky – we've seen all sorts of all forms of motorsport from around the world represented and celebrated here, and that makes it a very special place.”

And this year, Goodwood is the host of the most special trophy in racing and one that is symbolic of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Visit IMS.com for ticket information for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at IMS.

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