£700,000 raid on Goodwood House

Goodwood House, home to motorsport fanatic Lord March and the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed was the target of a severe break in this weekend which saw almost £700,000 of heirlooms stolen.

Here’s our tweet from happier times back in the summer, when Valentino Rossi was invited by Lord March to the famous house.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed was founded in 1993 by Lord March in his hope to bring motor racing back to the Goodwood Estate, and it now attracts crowds of over 100,000 per day. Not only does it bring fans to the area steeped in racing history but it brings legends of the sport back together for a weekend of celebrating our sport.
However this winter it has been making the headlines for very different reasons, as Police are making appeals after a clearly planned attack was made on the house in the early hours of Wednesday 13th January.
Heirlooms including an 1820 diamond tiara worth nearly £400,000, diamond necklaces and several luxury watches, including antique Rolex and Girard Perregaux timepieces, have been stolen as Lord March and his wife were tied up and attacked by the criminals.

Back in June the Festival of Speed attracted big names in bike racing, most notably former MotoGP World Champion’s Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi who both completed the famous Hill Climb, and we were lucky enough to visit the famous Festival to see it all. Rossi rode his YZR-R1 into the house where he was greeted by Lord March, a first for the festival.

Missed our photos from the event? We’ve got them all in a library for you to look at! Head over to PaddockChatter at GoodWood to look at our favourites.

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