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Ever wondered how the central feature at the Festival of Speed is created? Well, like this…

Time 9:00 am, July 10, 2015

festival of speed logoDID you go to this year’s Festival of Speed at Goodwood? Have you been in previous years?

And have you ever wondered how the heck they get that massive central feature outside Goodwood House to stick in the ground?

This year’s effort was a 35-metre high sculpture with two cars perched at the very top – the 1991 Le Mans-winning number 55 Mazda 787B and a concept racing machine. And yes – they were real cars, and it was the actual car Johnny Herbert drove to victory at Le Mans in 1991.


fos central feature mazdaSo Mazda produced this video, telling the story of the sculpture, its creation and its construction. The whole construction is 40 metres long but because it twists and turns it stretches 35 metres into the sky, weighs 120 tons – the equivalent of 120 Mazda MX-5s – and holding everything together are 418 steel tubes, which, if laid end-to-end, would stretch 1.16-miles – the length of the Festival of Speed hillclimb.

See for yourself….

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Colin Channon's avatar

Colin is a former editor of Car Dealer. He left the magazine in August 2015.

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