Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed launched in 1993, in the picturesque parkland surrounding Goodwood House and is now a key event for all motor sport enthusiast. A 2.5 kilometer loose-surface rally stage, the infamous hill climb, unrestricted access to paddocks and attendance of the hottest talent in motor sport makes for a truly spectacular event, unrivaled throughout the world. The FoS combines the excitement of Ascot or Wimbledon with the relaxation of your own picnic inside the beautiful Goodwood grounds. 

Every year the Goodwood House is shadowed by a mighty sculpture created by Gerry Judah. Gerry became involved in 1998, and since then the annual sculpture has become as big a talking point as the cars themselves. Already accustomed to wowing audiences with his brilliant theatre, film and television work, Judah mesmerises show goers with his inaugural Festival installation. 

Last year Alfa Romeo celebrated its centenary in Viva veloce style, with a giant 12-tonne steel structure supporting a number of its cars. Judah cleverly incorporated a nod to the car firm's Quadrifoglio badge and the red livery of its racing cars. 

This year, they will celebrate the legendary Jaguar E-type. The sculpture, made out of steel tubes, features the distinctive shape of one of the worlds most loved sports cars. It is almost 92 feet high and weighs 160 tons. 

The Festival takes place from 30th June - 3rd July.

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