Mercedes Wows as 2014 Goodwood Central Feature
This year’s Central Feature at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated 120 years of Mercdes-Benz motorsports by depicting a race between a classic and a contemporary race car. The sculpture, designed by Gerry Judah and sweeping 26 meters over the Goodwood House, was introduced on the opening day of Goodwood by Lord March and Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic.
Gallery: 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed Central Feature
“This year’s Central Feature is the most architecturally and artistically challenging sculpture that we’ve ever had at Goodwood and it’s a testament to the out-of-the-box thinking of Gerry Judah, which is very much aligned with our philosophy of constant innovation around the Festival of Speed.,” said Lord March during the unveiling. “The result is a truly spectacular sight for all our Festival of Speed visitors to see.”
The two cars featured on the 90-meter-long sculpture were a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow and a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04, which represent the first and most current of the eight-cylinder Silver Arrows Grand Prix vehicles.
“Our support of the Festival of Speed is stronger than ever this year as we celebrate 120 years since Daimler-powered cars won the first motorsport events in 1894,” said Bock. “These tentative first steps set us on a course that’s led us to where we are today – here’s to the next 120 years of thriving competition, both on and off the track.”
The Central Feature was revealed with a fireworks display that featured a pack of powerful Mercedes: a Mercedes Grand Prix car, a 1928 SSK, a 1955 W 196 R, a 1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9, and a glow-in-the-dark SLS AMG Black Series.
Mercedes has also unveiled a unique 360 Sculpture Interactive Build video, which lets the viewer see the step-by-step construction of this year’s Central Feature.