Ever since 1997, London-based artist Gerry Judah has delighted fans at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, UK with sculptures that usually feature different types of race cars. 2015 was no different. This year, Judah created a 40 meter high tower that features the Mazda 787B and the LM55 twisting straight up into the air on a track of steel beams.
The 787B won the Le Mans race in 1991 which sent it into the record books as the only Japanese car ever to win.
On the other hand, the LM55 vision Gran Turismo car is actually a replica based off of the same car in Gran Turismo 6, the 6th installment in an iconic Playstation racing simulation game.
For the sculpture itself, 418 white, solid steel bars were used as the racetrack that spirals vertically into the air. The foundation was actually buried three meters into the ground to provide structural support. Laid end to end the metal bars would be a little more than a mile long!
Here at El Dorado Mazda, we can think of no better tribute to Mazda’s rich heritage of racing and driving innovation that the Mazda sculpture at Goodwood portrays.