LONDON — “I guess you could say the love of speed is in the genes,” said Lord Charles March over the rip and roar of engines at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. When he wasn’t zooming down the track himself, March was busy hosting the speedy set, including Richard and Pat Dunhill, Mark and Cat Dunhill, David Linley and Jodie Kidd, last weekend at Goodwood Park, March’s 11,000-acre family estate in West Sussex, where even the champagne was downed at high speed.
It was March’s grandfather, the ninth Duke of Richmond, who built Goodwood’s motor circuit, and March who recently restored the tracks to their glory. During the three-day event, he drove a 300 Mercedes SL and a Ford Focus rally car, though when he’s not racing, March switches among his BMW, Audi, Ferrari and Porsche.
March’s eldest daughter Atty — who got her racing license three years ago at 14 — was there too, gushing about the joys of velocity. “It’s such a thrill to be in control when you’re going fast. It’s just like skydiving.”
One guest making a quick cent in the film world was Dan Cadan, probably the only filmmaker with full access to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ritchie and their brood. Cadan started out as a $225-a-week runner on the set of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” graduated to become Guy’s assistant during “Snatch,” and has just finished filming his own documentary on the making of “Swept Away,” the Ritchies’ first film collaboration. Guy directs and Madonna stars as a rich Milanese socialite stranded on an island with a southern Italian, communist sailor in the remake of Lina Wertmuller’s 1974 classic to be released in October. And Cadan was there to see it all.
“I was only using a small camera,” said the 27-year-old Yorkshire native. “Because I know the kids and all the nannies quite well, they were totally relaxed and natural.”
But Cadan also has several projects of his own cooking, including an animated series called “The Raviolis,” which he describes as “‘The Sopranos’ meet ‘South Park,’” and “Killing Cupid,” his first feature film, which Cadan will shoot in London come September. “It’s a comedy,” he explained, “but it has that edge that seems to come with all British films.”