Goodwood Festival of Speed – Lord March is a bike fan

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 In the run up to this weekend’s 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed MCN has had a sneak peak of Lord March’s personal motorcycle collection. Lord March is the owner of Goodwood House, and the host of the Festival of Speed.

His collection consists of five bikes, one of which belonged to his grandfather, Freddie March. It’s a 1936 BMW R51.

The rest of his collection includes a 1987 Bimota DR1 RS, a Ducati 888 World Championship Edition and two Beta Alp trials bikes.

The festival, which is in its 20th year, features a strong line-up of both bikes and riders. 15 motorcycle World Champions have been confirmed, including Randy Mamola riding an ex-Rossi Ducati GP11, James Toseland riding the ‘52 Express’, on which he will attempt to break the Land Speed Record, and Kevin Schwantz on his championship-winning 1993 Suzuki RGV500.

Barry Sheene’s 1975 Suzuki XR14 RG500 which took him to his first ever GP win will be there, as will the first 5-cylinder race bike, the Honda RC149.

Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness will be riding his Honda CBR 1000RR up the hill, along with Bruce Anstey on a Britten V1000.

For a full list of riders and machines taking part in the weekend’s activities, which starts on Friday and carries on throughout the weekend, and to see how you can buy tickets go to

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Kirsten Ash

By Kirsten Ash