The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst was one spot where the discerning fan could grab themselves an autograph or share a pint with the heroes of the day after a day’s racing at Goodwood. Then there was The Bricklayer’s Arms.
It was here that Mike Hawthorn and the Members would often stop in for a tipple or nine after a day at the circuit – and usually manage to get away without paying before they headed to the chip shop. It was here, too, that Mike’s father Leslie downed his last pint before crashing fatally on the way home from tending Reg Parnell’s Ferrari at the Whit Sunday meeting in 1954.
Generally the clientele of the Bricklayer’s Arms read like a who’s who of motor sport in the 1940s to the 1960s and it’s well worth dipping in for refreshment if one happens to be in the area. There’s even a rather beautiful motorbike restoration business across the road – of which the ghosts doubtless approve.