It’s one of the biggest and most prestigious motorsports events in the world. The legendary Goodwood Revival, also known as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, was founded in 1993 by Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, the Earl of March. The event is held at the 4,900-acre Goodwood House estate in West Essex. It features a dazzling array of auto sports-related activities, including the famous annual hill climb and the racing of vintage models. It’s also a place for the casual wanderer to get a close-up view of hundreds of spectacular, fully-restored vintage automobiles, some of them dating back more than a century or even the late 1800s. One person you are likely to spot among the happy Goodwood throngs – about 100,000 people attend every year – is Sudhir Choudhrie, an internationally successful businessman born in India and now a citizen of London. Choudhrie is among the biggest fans of vintage autos in the world.
In fact, Sudhir Choudhrie has spent decades searching out, buying and restoring vintage automobiles and now holds what some media observers have called the most impressive classic car collection on the planet. Sudhir Choudhrie first began buying a restoring in the 1980s when he spotted a rusted-out 1938 Convertible Mercedes. It was little more than a frame, scraps and rusted parts, but Choudhrie saw this relic for what it could be and more
He tracked down the owner, purchased the heap and spent the next month’s restoring the German model classic to its original state of perfection. When he had finished the job, Sudhir Choudhrie knew had an addictive hobby he would pursue for the rest of his life. The Goodwood Revival is an event that speaks directly to the heart of Sudhir Choudhrie. It nurtures his indelible love for the grandeur of early-20th Century auto engineering and an era he called, in some ways, “a better managed time.”