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Goodwood Festival opens by unveiling BMW centennial sculpture


Gerry Judah's 20th central feature with three historic BMW's soaring above Goodwood House | Goodwood photos
Fireworks celebrate Gerry Judah’s 20th central feature with historic BMWs soaring above Goodwood House | Goodwood photos

The latest of sculptor Gerry Judah’s stunning central features was unveiled Thursday night at the kickoff of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The soaring sculpture celebrates the centennial of BMW, the honored marque this year at the festival held at Lord March’s Goodwood House in West Sussex, England.

“The magnificent floodlit sculpture swept up into a sky lit up with its own fireworks,” festival organizers said in their news release. “Music, lasers in blues and golds, and ‘1916 – 2016’ illuminated in fireworks against Goodwood House accompanied the official reveal as a cavalcade of BMW’s finest cars swept up the famous Goodwood hill and the propellers of a Klemm Kl 35 spun lit with the BMW badge.

“Epitomizing this year’s Festival of Speed theme, ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’, the magnificent Central Feature comprises three sweeping steel forms put together in a celebration of speed and dynamism. BMW’s myriad motorsport successes are represented on each arm, with the legendary BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52, and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR featured.”

BMWs and fireworks light up the British night
BMWs and fireworks light up the British night

Each division of BMW Group — cars, Mini, Rolls-Royce and motorcycles — will be celebrated during a weekend in which famous racers and race cars make their way up the hill and automakers from around the world showcase their latest and most exotic vehicles.

BMWs heading up the 1.16-mile hill climb course include a 1957 507, the Mille Miglia-winning 1940 328 touring coupe, a 1965 1800 TI/SA, as well as 1966 R50 Kaczor, 1976 BR90S TT and a 1929 WR750 Kompressor motorcycles.

Lord March officially opened the event by driving up the hill in a BMW 507.

Judah’s central feature is his 20th such sculpture for the Festival of Speed.

“Every year I like to think of something that is very different to anything we’ve done before,” Judah said. “Indeed, the hardest thing about designing these sculptures is trying to avoid any similarity, any conceptual connection, with anything I’ve done before.

‘The critical thing for these pieces is that they have to be iconic,” he added. “Coco Chanel said: ‘I don’t do anything innovative; I want to make something that’s classic.’ Everything I do I try and make it so that it’s classic: different, unique, but classic.”


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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