After much hard work and planning, Goodwood has finally revealed the much-anticipated central feature art installation for the 2011 Festival of Speed. The annual Goodwood central feature sculpture has become the key focal point and signature of each year’s Festival, with its huge impact always creating excitement, debate, flashing cameras and jaw-dropping awe amongst the event’s 175,000+ spectators.
For 2011, Jaguar has taken centre stage directly outside Goodwood House as the Festival celebrates two significant anniversaries for the famous Coventry marque, as well as British dynamic debuts for new Jaguar production models in the popular Supercar Run, plus Moving Motor Show, presented by Auto Trader.
The Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival (16-18 September) are the only UK-based events being officially supported by Jaguar Cars to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Britain’s best-loved sports car – the legendary Jaguar E-type – as well as 60 years since the Coventry marque first won the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.
To mark the E-type’s half century, Goodwood is paying a fitting tribute to this incomparable motoring icon with a dramatic 28 metre-high central feature ‘installation’, designed by award-winning sculptor Gerry Judah (his 12th for the Festival of Speed) and weighing 150 tonnes – equivalent to 122 Jaguar E-types.
E-types are also much in evidence elsewhere at the 19th Festival of Speed. A class in the world-renowned Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance is being dedicated to variants of Jaguar’s legendary model, while the Goodwood Hill sees examples of each notable racing E-type in action.
Additionally, the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s first Le Mans win is being celebrated with a class of the marque’s 24 Hours challengers. As well as the C-types and D-types which claimed five victories in the 1950s, Jaguar’s triumphant return to la Sarthe in the 1980s with the XJR series is also being represented, alongside examples of every other Jaguar model to compete at the 24-hour race, plus a few that didn’t quite make it, such as the stillborn XJ13 and sensational XJR14.
Jaguar’s new XKR-S – the marque’s fastest and most powerful production sports car – is featuring at the Festival as part of the hugely-popular Supercar Run, and an extensive range of Jaguar’s current product portfolio is also available for close inspection on its exhibition stand and Moving Motor Show display throughout the Goodwood event, including the C-X75 concept.
Jaguar E-types will also have a strong presence at this year’s Goodwood Revival, from 16 to 18 September. Saturday’s Revival feature race – the Fordwater Trophy – will be a 45-minute two-driver dual for the finest and most authentic racing E-types only.
Jaguar has a long and impressive history at Goodwood. An SS100 won the very first post-War public motor race at the West Sussex circuit in September 1948, and the marque went on to enjoy great success with sports, GT and saloon cars during Goodwood’s active international motor racing years from 1948 to 1966. It is testament to this special relationship that the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival are the only UK-based motor sport events officially recognised and supported by Jaguar Cars.