The annual event is being held since 1993. It has been set up by Charles Gordon-Lennox, the owner of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, also known under the name of Lord March and more recently as the Duke of Richmond.
In the 25 years of existence, the event grew so large in size that it is now the place to be for all the names that matter in the automotive industry, Cars of all shapes, sizes and makes attend the event, taking on several challenges, including the famous Hillclimb or the Soapbox challenge.
However, the approximately 150,000 people that come to the Goodwood estate each year flock to the scene not only for the cars, but also to be able to see what the organizers call the Festival of Speed Central Feature.
Gerry Judah is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS), and he has become a symbol of sculptures used in everything from films to public spaces. He is the man responsible for the huge metal sculptures adorned with cars that sit right in front of the Goodwood estate during the Festival of Speed.
The organizers first selected Judah to design such a sculpture in 1997. His creation for that time was meant as a tribute to Ferrari cars.
Worth noting is that Judah uses for his sculptures real-sized cars, which he suspends in physics-defying ways on twisted metallic constructions. At times, like was the case in 2016 and several times before, the cars that made it into the sculpture were the actual vehicles and not just models.
Below we'll have a closer look at the most recent of the sculptures designed by Gerry Judah for the Goodwood event.2014
The first was a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W25 like the one which was driven to victory by Manfred von Brauchitsch during the car's first outing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The second is a Mercedes AMG Petronas W04 Formula One car, raced in 15 Grands Prix in 2013 by Lewis Hamilton.
Both were attached to a 160-tons steel sculpture that arched over the Goodwood estate, 26 meters in the air and 90 meters in length. 2015
Judah used for this sculpture a rotary-engined 787B which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept. The structure which supports them climbs 40 meters into the air on 720 steel beams of varying length.
The steel used for the sculpture weighs 120 tons. Judah says that put end to end, all the beams would cover the entire length of the Goodwood Hill Climb, 1,253 meters.
As a means to celebrate the centenary of BMW, Gerry Judah designed in 2016 a complex structure that included three cars: a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, a Brabham-BMW BT52 F1 car and the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR. All were the real working vehicles, not models.
The sculpture in itself is 100 meters long and 40 meters high, and it is made of 816 square meters of laser-cut steel plate, enough to cover three tennis courts. It is one of the lightest structures made by Judah, weighing only 77 tons.2017
Five of them were chosen to sit on top of the sculpture, each one somehow linked to Bernie Ecclestone’s career: the Connaught which he drove for the first time in F1 and the championship-winning Brabham. They were joined by a Lotus, a Ferrari and a Mercedes.
The sculpture itself is 35 meters high, weighs 65 tons and is made of eight steel box sections.2018
The cars were the first Porsche produced in 1948, the 356, the 917 replica of the one driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 movie Le Mans, the 959 winner of the 1987 Dakar rally, the 918 Spyder hybrid from 2015, a 919 Le Mans prototype from the same year and the limited edition 911R from 2016.