Blog: Tubular Sells
Glenn Brooks | 4 July 2011
Not quite as beautiful as the real thing
This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed was as wonderful as ever. If I could dare to criticise it - having paid £50 of my own money for a Sunday ticket, I'm allowed to - the event IS suffering from over-crowding and the creep of what looked to me like additional corporate boxes in the best spots. The answer is to walk to the top of the hill and get better views, closer to the action, not put up with having to stand six-deep further down.
The traditional metal sculpture was an interesting one this year. According to the plaque at its base, 175 tonnes and half a kilometre of Tata steel was used in the construction of this cleverly interpreted tribute to the Jaguar E-Type's 50th anniversary. I wonder what happens to it now? Sad to think of something this striking being scrapped so hopefully, even at 28 metres in length, it can be displayed somewhere permanently.
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