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Mercedes Wows Goodwood With Dramatic Event Centerpiece

Fri, 27 Jun 2014

AS IS traditional at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the event’s main attractions is the centerpiece display in front of Goodwood House itself.

Used to celebrate a particular manufacturer and event theme, this year saw Mercedes take centre stage with a dramatic interpretation of the firm’s 120-year motorsport anniversary celebrations.

Created by artist Gerry Judah, the sculpture is said to be the most complex and ambitious yet. Swooping over Goodwood House, the curve – which spans 45 metres - weighs 160 tonnes and measuring 90 metres in length.

Two cars spanning 80 years form an integral part of the sculpture; a replica of a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow, and a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04 - the same chassis raced by Lewis Hamilton in 15 Grands Prix in 2013.

Together, the W25 and the F1 W04 show the first – and currently last – of the eight-cylinder Silver Arrows Grand Prix racers.

By Press Association reporters