The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event celebrating the diverse history of motor-sport. Every year since 1997 a brand new centrepiece sculpture, featuring famous cars, is created inspiring awe and delight in the many visitors to the festival at Goodwood House in West Sussex. Littlehampton Welding Ltd have fabricated and installed all of these structures every year from 2004 to the present day establishing a good working relationship with the designer of all of these creations, the renowned sculptor Gerry Judah.
2016’s central feature, the biggest so far, took the form of six huge spikes that shot up and out in all directions. It was built to celebrate BMW’s centenary and to highlight their achievements in motor racing in particular. Three iconic cars from BMW’s illustrious history appeared to be flying off into space from the tips of their respective spikes – with two of them precariously held upside down above the admiring crowds below. These were the F1 Brabham BT52 and the Le Mans V12 LMR – the third, being the right way up, was the 320 Mille Miglia Roadster. The overall height of the sculpture was 40 meters. Constructed from 816 square metres of laser-cut steel plate which running incrementally from15mm at the base out to 6mm at the tips was completely structural – requiring no additional support internally.