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 |  Jun 30 2011, 5:59 PM

In commemoration of the Jaguar E-type’s 50th anniversary, a 91.9-foot tall sculpture has taken center stage for this years Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This gigantic steel structure constitutes nearly half a kilometer of steel pipes, which were originally intended for use as a gas pipeline. The material for this structure was donated by Tata Steel, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, which currently owns Jaguar. It looks massive and with a curb weight of 336,000 lbs. it is heavy too.

This structure is the work of Gerry Judah, who has been working on it since January. It took 10-days to erect it and the work was undertaken by a firm that usually builds bridges.

Typically the annual monument at the Goodwood Festival of Speed incorporates cars on it, but Judah didn’t want that, saying; “The E-type is famous for its shape but too small and delicate to hoist into the air. I thought I would like to express the form of the car itself without any embellishments. Everyone recognizes the E-type, the shape speaks for itself. You can’t compete with it, you can’t digress from it.”

The festival starts today and will run until July 3rd.

 |  May 05 2011, 2:24 PM

It’s billed as the world’s largest motor racing festival and the 2011 event, which will take place on 22-24 July was officially announced in style.

At Silverstone, some 800 vintage race cars will take Grand Prix track  as Event Director Nick Wigley announced that the 2011 Classic will be the biggest and best yet.

Just how big exactly? Well around 1000 competitors will be driving those 800 cars and there’ll be a full program of some 22 races that will take place over the course of the weekend. In addition, there will be a special celebrity challenge, with famous personalities racing around the track in identically prepped Morgans, plus a special celebration of the E-Type Jaguar with a planned parade of some 1000 examples to honor the iconic sports car’s 50th anniversary.

Other attractions include live music on Friday and Saturday, with an orchestra on Sunday; air displays, hot air balloons, a fun fair, a shopping village and even lawnmower racing.  And if you’re hungry, Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will be providing catering services over the course of the weekend.

So, if you happen to find yourself in Central England towards the end of the July and looking for something to do, head on over to the Silverstone Classic:

For more information, including tickets, click on the link:

[Source: Silverstone Classic]