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.
The centrepiece sculpture for the 2017 Goodwood Festival Of Speed celebrates the five decade career of ’F1 Supremo’ Bernie Ecclestone by showcasing five iconic formula one cars: Connaught Type B, Brabham BT49, Gold leaf Lotus 72, Ferrari F2001 and Mercedes AMG w07 F1. To promote the idea of energy and excitement the structure takes the form of a complete circle with the cars appearing to fly off of it – “almost like a Catherine wheel” as described by the sculptor himself.
The sculpture is just over 34.5 metres tall and 25 metres wide. It is made of approximately 70 Tons of steel and uses over 600 bolts. It sits on a specially designed reinforced structural base. It takes Littlehampton Welding’s skilled team of 7-8 fabricators and painters 8 weeks to fabricate and finish the sculpture. Final finishing and painting uses 28kg of filler, just under 400litres of undercoat and primer, and 100 litres of top coat. This takes place before transport to site, which is done in sections using flatbed HGVs.
It then takes the highly trained site team about 8 weeks to prepare the site, install the sculpture, make any finishing touches, takedown the sculpture and make good the site after the festival. Due to the size and weight of the various sections they use a number of contracted heavy lift mobile cranes and access platforms to undertake the heavy lifting and positioning when installing the sculpture.