He was a pre-production stills photographer for Stanley Kubrick when he was 17, and offers that as an early inspiration for his accomplished professional life, and excellence in the Goodwood events.
A successful photographer, he took over the running of the 12,000-acre Goodwood Estate in West Sussex from his father around 1995, following the family custom of the son taking the controls at age 40.
His father, Frederick, trained as a motor mechanic on the shop floor of Bentley and became a racing driver, winning the Brooklands Double 12 Race in 1931. During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force. After the war, he turned the wartime airfield into the Goodwood Motor Circuit which was Britain’s most prestigious circuit for eighteen years from 1948-1966.
Charles, current Lord Goodwood, is lifelong car enthusiast. He restored the estate's historic motor-racing circuit and established the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held each July, and the Revival, held each September.
They are now the world's foremost historic motorsport events, drawing 150,000 guests to see drivers from Lewis Hamilton to Stirling Moss drive everything from Edwardian racers to modern F1 cars.
Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed has the best, most informed motorsport fans and gets the best and rarest cars regardless of cost.