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19 October 2011 No Comment

If you’re a car-lover then you’ll know these curves anywhere. Motoring enthusiasts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed cast a dreamy sigh when they set eyes on this beauty.

Sculptor Gerry Judah put the pedal to the metal to make this incredible tribute to the Jaguar E-Type – ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ according to Enzo Ferrari – using material supplied by Jaguar’s sister company Tata Steel.


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Incredible tribute to the Jaguar E-Type


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Over 175 tonnes of hot rolled and plate steel made this cool cat roar, and the result is a huge 28-metre high sculpture which wowed the crowds during the four-day festival earlier this year, one of the highlights of the annual motoring calendar.

Steel interpretation of the iconic car


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With its sleek lines and undulating curves, the sculpture is a feat of engineering all on its own. It took four months to plan and build, and ten days to actually install in front of Goodwood House.

Instantly-recognisable shape


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The steel interpretation of the iconic car to mark its 50th anniversary was driven by Judah’s acknowledgement that the instantly-recognisable shape of the E-Type was all that was needed to create such a momentous monument. A real E-Type was, according to Judah, ‘too small and delicate’ to hoist into the air.

E-type sculpture


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And so this is one of the first ever Goodwood sculptures to not actually use a car. But really, it’s not surprising. If you owned such a piece of historic British motoring heritage, would you be willing to let your pride and joy be dangled above the ground?

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