Greeting guests at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed is a twisting helix towering 131 feet in the air. Turns out it’s a track and soaring along the track into the sky, are two Mazda racers. Talk about putting your racers on a pedestal!
One of the racers is the Mazda 787B, the only Japanese car to win overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1991, powered with a rotary model 26B Wankel engine, it prevailed against considerable opposition from factory-entered Mercedes, Jaguar and the new 3.5L Peugeot cars.
The other racer is – interestingly enough – the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car. Created for Gran Turismo 6, a PlayStation racing simulation game, the LM55 makes the leap at Goodwood from virtual racer to physical concept. It appears not only at the top of the helical track but on the ground so visitors can get up close and personal.
Virtual goes real world: Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo
The monumental sculpture is the work of artist Gerry Judah. Schooled in London’s theater, Judah has created settings for the British Museum, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, plus a ton of the leading car marques.
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