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Having completed the fourth RBCD this Autumn, we are reflecting on what has been a triumphant series of epic drives around the coast of Britain.
Philip Porter, author, publisher and co-founder of our Clubs devised the Round Britain Coastal Drive shortly after recovering from prostate cancer, and the event has become an excellent way to raise awareness of the disease, and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Fundraising has now surpassed £250,000, a total of which we are very proud. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have supported us either by taking part in the event, raising funds or sharing details of the JustGiving fundraising page.
Philip's inspiration for the RBCD would never have come to fruition without such wonderful support from our members across the globe and without the dedication of our team here at HQ – few in number, but mighty in deed! The logistics, both in terms of organisation and in terms of staff crisscrossing the country to host various stages, has always been a massive task, and this year proved especially challenging – one reason why we have decided, with heavy hearts, to bring the RBCD to a close.
Furthermore, despite the massive support for the event, the number of cars on the Drive has dropped considerably and we have realised that after four years, the event has run its course. All of the Club team have been very loyal to Prostate Cancer UK and have formed excellent working relationships with its representatives and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
Norman Dewis, OBE
1920 - 2019
Patron of the E-type Club, Norman sadly passed away on 8th June 2019
XK70 Jaguar Festival - June 2018
Jaguar enthusiasts from around the world descended upon Shelsley Walsh on 9-10 June for the XK70 celebrations. The event was organised by our sister Club the Jaguar XK Club in honour of the XK 120’s 70th anniversary, and among the hundreds of cars making the pilgrimage to the Worcestershire hillclimb were swathes of other XK-engined models, plus more recent XK8s and F-types.
Two historic XK 120s from Jaguar’s heritage fleet took pride of place at the head of the paddock. NUB 120 – the car in which Ian and Pat Appleyard enjoyed so much rallying success – was joined by LWK 707, the record-breaking ‘seven days and seven nights’ fixed-head coupé, with both cars being paraded up the hill on several occasions. Jaguar also provided the final XK-engined car ever built – a Daimler DS420 limousine.
Marque specialists pulled out all the stops in their support for the event. Eagle’s incredible line-up of 20 cars included a Speedster, Spyder GT and Low Drag GT, the very first Group C XJR-6, plus the XJ220C that – before being disqualified on a technicality – won its class at Le Mans in 1993. Eagle boss Henry Pearman also gave a number of spirited runs in the much-modified 1967 E-type in which he won the 1989 Pirelli Classic Marathon.
Classic Motor Cars brought the ex-Lindner/Nocker Lightweight E-type, which was joined by PWT 846 – the ex-Le Mans XK 140 FHC. The Bridgnorth-based specialist also showcased OKV 1, the famous ex-works short-nose D-type, and the unique Pininfarina-bodied XK 120.
Chris Ward was on hand to drive JD Classics’ semi-Lightweight E-type and put in a sensational first timed run of 33.02 – possibly the fastest-ever ascent of Shelsley Walsh by a Jaguar. He topped the E-type class during Saturday’s competitive hillclimb.
Other class winners included Guy Broad (XK 120, 38.02 seconds), Kevin Zwolinski (XK 140, 38.94 seconds) and Grahame Bull (XK 150 39.28 seconds). Jimmy Stewart won the Jaguar-engined class in his XJ Coupé with a time of 41.36 seconds, and Nicolas Bert did likewise in the Sports-racing class by posting a best of 37.71 seconds aboard his HW Alta-Jaguar. Away from the competitive action, Willie Green was fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK by giving regular passenger rides in Clive Beecham’s stunning ex-Works, ex-Ecurie Ecosse D-type.
A number of well-known personalities made the trip to Shelsley Walsh. Former Jaguar chairman Sir John Egan drew a large audience to the XK70 Theatre, as did Pat Quinn – daughter of marque founder Sir William Lyons and formerly Pat Appleyard.
XK, C-, D- and E-type racer Peter Sargent was making his first trip to Shelsley Walsh, and he was joined by the likes of Peter Sutcliffe, legendary Jaguar test-driver Norman Dewis, and Le Mans winner Richard Attwood.
Edd China was another popular draw, the former 'Wheeler Dealers' presenter talking to Philip Porter in the Shelsley courtyard about his new challenge: the restoration of an E-type for YouTube series 'Built by Many'.
Sunday’s prize-giving included the Aubrey Finburgh Trophy for the most original XK, which went to Mark Boxley and his XK 120 OTS. The Bryan Corser Trophy for the ‘Spirit of XK’ was judged by James Fraser of JD Classics and awarded to Ken Johnson for his XK 120 OTS. Eagle’s Paul Brace selected Jon Martin’s Series 1 to receive the Turner Prize for ‘Essence of E-type’, while the award for ‘greatest annual mileage’ went to Neil and Olivia Donnan, who’d covered 8,500 miles since the previous Club Weekend. The prize for ‘Furthest distance travelled to XK70 in an XK’ went to Creighton Turner, who’d come 5,334 miles.
“We had the most fantastic support,” said Philip Porter, “from the trade, from historic car owners, from overseas members, from our wonderful team who worked so hard, from our sponsors, from our personalities, and from the weather, which was perfect!”
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Externally, the Concept Zero retains the iconic lines of the original classic sports car. But under the bonnet it is a very different story. Gone is the XK engine, and in its place is a 295bhp electric motor and battery. And what a battery – with the capacity to give a 170-mile “real-world” range.
Inevitably referred to as Project Marmite in its early stages, the E-Zero was dreamed up by Tim Hannig, JLR Classic’s chief. Hannig is well aware that an E-type powered by electricity was always going to cause shockwaves, and might leave purists reeling, but he sees no incompatibility in having a love – and a collection – of old classics himself, whilst keeping one eye firmly on the future.
Indeed Hannig has coined the motto ‘We future history’ for JLR’s newest division. He believes it is important for JLR to look to a time when zero-emissions zones are commonplace, and to the buyers of the future who may well hanker for classic motoring, but “without the oil leaks”.