Striking BMW Centrepiece Revealed at Goodwood
BMW has revealed its centrepiece sculpture, celebrating the marque’s 100th year, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In a dramatic firework and light display, made more exciting thanks to a thunder storm, the piece – designed by Gerry Judah – was unveiled. Speeches from Lord March and BMW Europe senior chief Dr Nicolas Peter were delivered and a cavalcade of BMWs from throughout the brand’s history also made its way up the famous hill.
2016’s sculpture is arguably the most dramatic to date to grace the lawn of Lord March’s house and features three iconic BMWs – the MW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, Brabham-BMW BT52 F1 car and the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR. All three are very much the real thing, each having been carefully lifted into position once the 140 tonne monocoque sculpture was in place. BMW has sought to reflect the theme of this year’s Festival of Speed theme –‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’.
As BMW Car recently reported, BMW is pulling out all the stops in this, its centenary year. Showcasing the diversity of its cars throughout its history, BMW will celebrate its illustrious sporting heritage across the Festival weekend, alongside an array of cars from its current range. Among numerous other BMWs, visitors to Goodwood can witness the Mille Miglia-winning BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1940, a 1965 BMW 1800 TiSA and an M1 Procar run up the 1.6 mile Goodwood hill climb. To open the event, Lord March will even tackle the tricky course in a classic BMW 507, worth in the region of £1 million.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed starts today with the Moving Motor Show. The main event runs from Friday 24th through to Sunday 26th with over a quarter of a million people expected to attend.
BMW Car will be at Goodwood throughout the weekend. Look out for a full show report coming soon.