Having completed the fourth RBCD in autumn 2019, 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 became 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, were always challenging, with 2019's event being particularly so, which contributed to our decision, made 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 dropped considerably over the last couple of years, and we realised that after four years, the event had 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
Former 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 in June 2018 for the XK70 celebrations. The event was organised by our sister Club the Jaguar XK Club in honour of the Jaguar XK 120’s 70th anniversary. 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/Nöcker 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!”
Es in the News
Three Series I E-types are being offered at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro online sale on 27 March. This year, of course, marks the 60th anniversary of the E-type and chassis number 860060 is one of those listed. It is a UK-market, right-hand-drive, fixed-head coupé in the colour combination of Opalescent Gunmetal with a red leather interior. Built in 1961 but first registered on 1 January 1962, 860060 is a flat-floor example and one of just 1,559 right-hand drive 3.8 FHCs constructed in total.
A ground-up restoration began in 2000, and the E-type was owned by its previous custodian for 43 years. Silverstone Auctions has given it an estimate of £95,000-115,000 and supplied with the car is a history file including old MoTs, invoices and photographs of the restoration, copies of old logbooks, and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate.
The second car being offered is a restoration project. The 1964 4.2 had covered just 2,805 miles from new when it suffered a side impact at the Snetterton race circuit, and it is still showing that same mileage today. Its estimate is £70,000-90,000.
The final E-type, a 1965 4.2 Roadster, was once the property of TV and film actor Nigel Havers. A UK-spec, right-hand-drive car, it is believed to be in its original colours, with original engine and gearbox. It carries an estimate of £60,000-£70,000.