Jaguar E-Type at Goodwood posted on 07 June 2011
- With just four weeks to go until the Festival of Speed bursts into life, Goodwood commences work on its striking 2011 central feature ‘installation’
- The 2011 Festival central feature will pay a memorable and unique homage to the Jaguar E-type on its 50 th anniversary
- The Goodwood sculpture will be 28 metres high and weigh 150 tonnes – the same as 122 E-types!
- Goodwood will also mark 60 years of Jaguar’s success in the Le Mans 24 Hours race, plus new production models in the Supercar Run and Moving Motor Show
After much hard work and planning, in just four weeks time Goodwood will end the speculation and reveal its much-anticipated central feature art installation for the 2011 Festival of Speed (30 June-3 July). 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 will take 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 will pay 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 will also be much in evidence elsewhere at the 19th Festival of Speed. A class in the world-renowned Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance will be dedicated to variants of Jaguar’s legendary model, while the Goodwood Hill will see examples of each notable racing E-type in action.
Additionally, the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s first Le Mans win will be 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 will also be 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 – will feature at the Festival as part of the hugely-popular Supercar Run, and an extensive range of Jaguar’s current product portfolio will also be available for close inspection on its exhibition stand and Moving Motor Show display from Thursday 30 June until Sunday 3 July.
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.
Tickets and further information for the 2011 Festival of Speed, Moving Motor Show and Goodwood Revival can be found on the Goodwood website (www.goodwood.com/motor sport), or via the Ticket Hotline as follows:
Telephone: +44 (0)1243 755055
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