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Jaguar's E-Type sculpture unveiled at Goodwood

Thu, 30 Jun 2011

As is tradition at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, organizer, Lord March has commissioned a dazzling art piece to dominate the skyline above this year's event.

Two years ago, Audi showcased a 1937 Auto Union Streamliner and a R8 V10 as part of its display, whilst last year Alfa Romeo displayed an 8C honouring the brand's centenary.

This year it's Jaguar's turn to that take pride of place in front of Goodwood house. In a year that has seen much celebration of the E-Type's 50th birthday, famed resident sculptor, Gerry Judah, has reinterpreted the car for this year's festival.

Constructed from steel tubes, the shape of one of the world's most distinctive sports cars is captured in a 28 metre homage that weighs in at 150 tonnes.

"The E-type is famous for its shape but too small and delicate to hoist into the air. I thought I would like to express the form of the car itself without any embellishments" says Judah. "Everyone recognizes the E-type, the shape speaks for itself. You can't compete with it, you can't digress from it."

The Goodwood Festival of Speed begins tomorrow and will run until Sunday 3rd July.

For more information click the following link:
Goodwood Festival homepage

By John O'Brien