The Goodwood Story
From King Charles II and the creation of the Dukedom of Richmond in 1672, to the purchase of Goodwood by the family in 1697, to what is now England’s premier sporting estate, the Goodwood story spans over 300 years. This talk covers the fascinating life of Freddie March, the 9th Duke, and successful Brooklands racer. You will learn about Goodwood’s role in the Second World War, the creation of RAF Westhampnett within the estate, and how the first USAAF pilots to see action in the European theatre of the war were based there. The race circuit came into being after the war, and Goodwood’s glory years were 1948 to 1966, when the circuit closed for racing. A successful campaign was fought in the 1990s to return racing to Goodwood, resulting in the Goodwood Revival, first run in 1998.
Harry has had a 30 year association with Goodwood, instructing at the circuit, being involved with the campaign for the return of racing, and driving in both the Revival and the Festival of Speed.
Brooklands, the world’s first purpose built race circuit, opened in 1907, and was the birthplace of British motorsport. Powerful and spectacular cars raced on its dauntingly steep banking, and it was the location of the first British Grand Prix. But Brooklands was much more than a great sporting arena. It was also central to the golden days of land speed record attempts, and Malcolm Campbell and John Cobb developed their record breaking machines there. Moreover, Brooklands was a major centre for aircraft design, construction and flight testing for over 80 years, and Brooklands aircraft have broken numerous height, distance and speed records. As the design and production site for the Wellington bomber and Hurricane fighter, Brooklands played a crucial role in the Second World War. Post war, much of the design and manufacturing of the revolutionary supersonic passenger aircraft, Concorde, took place at Brooklands. Today, Brooklands continues as an award winning active museum, dedicated to preserving its motoring and aviation past.
Harry has been involved at Brooklands for many years, and he makes regular appearances as a museum speaker. His talk covers the absorbing history of Brooklands, from its conception to the present day.
My Life Behind the Wheel
With stories ranging from working for Eddie Jordan’s Formula 3 team, to driving at Silverstone with Ayrton Senna, to adventures in the Sahara Desert and Iceland, to working as a demonstration driver for Aston Martin, to racing in the Goodwood Revival with a former Williams F1 driver, to driving in the Festival of Speed as part of the Race 2 Recovery team of injured servicemen, to rally exploits in an Audi Quattro, Harry has experienced an incredible variety of motoring pursuits. With a fantastic photographic record of his exploits, Harry entertains with this highly illustrated talk about his diverse and fascinating motoring and motorsport career.
Jim Clark went from being a quiet, unassuming sheep farmer from the Scottish Borders to motor racing success around the world, and in so doing he became one of the greatest and best loved drivers of all time. He was tragically killed in 1968, and the ongoing fascination with and affection for Jim Clark was evident from events held in April 2018 to mark the 50thanniversary of his death. Following in Jim Clark’s footsteps was another Scottish driver from humble beginnings, Jackie Stewart. After recovering from the blow of the death of his mentor, Jackie Stewart went on to become a triple World Champion, and to establish his reputation as one of the sport’s greats. In the decade between 1963 and 1973, five World Championships were won by the two Great Scots. This is their story.
Founded on the eve of the First World War, British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has had a tumultuous history. Tractor magnat Sir David Brown saved the company from bankruptcy in 1947, and went on to produce the famous "DB" series Aston Martins. Triumph over Ferrari at Le Mans came in 1959, followed by Formula 1 failure in 1960. The cars gained worldwide fame when James Bond drove his iconic, ejector seat equipped DB 5 in the movie Goldfinger in 1964. Today Aston Martin is in good health, producing some of the world's most advanced supercars.
This talk covers the story of the company, its cars, owners, engineers and drivers who have kept Aston Martin on the right track for over 100 years.
Harry worked as a demonstration driver for Aston Martin, and instructed Aston owners in racetrack driving. In keeping with his interest in DB era Aston Martins, Harry has a collection of 1960s David Brown tractors.
A stockbroker's son, born in leafy Surrey, England, James Hunt combined skill, courage and steely determination to force his way to the Formula One world championship crown in 1976. How he did so whilst partying his way around the world, with twinkle in his eye, a glass of champagne in his hand and a glamorous girl on his arm, is the stuff of legend. Small wonder that highly successful movie, Rush, was made about his life in 2013, focusing in particular on his epic duel for the world championship with Niki Lauda. Hunt's good looks, long blonde hair and full throttle approach to everything in life established his reputation as a true British sporting great.
This talk is a look back at Hunt's extraordinary life, his ascent of the motor racing ladder, the crashes, the rivalries, the parties, the triumphs and his tragic death from a heart attack aged just 45.
The Land Rover Story
The Land Rover is one of Britain’s most characterful and best loved vehicles. From humble beginnings in post-war austerity Britain, the Land Rover came to touch lives on every continent. From farmers, to aid workers, to the military, to explorers, to the Queen of England, to passionate owners and users from every walk of life, the Land Rover has a special and indefinable quality.
In 20 years of Land Rover ownership, amongst many exploits, Harry Sherrard has driven in the Sahara Desert, in Southern Africa and across Iceland, and has competed in national and international rallies in his collection of Land Rovers. Harry will present the Land Rover story, along with tales of his own adventures at the wheel of these most iconic vehicles.
Motoring on the Moon
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon for just over 2 hours, never straying more than a few metres from their lunar lander. By Apollo 17, the crew were spending 3 full days on the surface, and in one journey drove more than 7 kilometres from the landing site in their lunar rover. This astonishing machine – part spacecraft and part buggy – is the most bespoke, exotic and sophisticated wheeled vehicle ever built. And at $38 million each in 1970, by far the most expensive.
This is the fascinating story of the design, construction and operations of the Lunar Rover, and the outstanding accomplishments of Apollo’s later missions.