As the Mille Miglia retrospective draws near – 16th-20th May – so does the inaugural outing for Jaguar Heritage Racing, which was unveiled last month.
The legendary Italian event will be the first time that Works-supported Jaguar C-types and D-types will attend venues such as Goodwood and the Nürburgring since 1956. In addition to the Mille Miglia and races, Jaguar Heritage Racing, will also be present at each round of the E-type Challenge and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s Global Brand Director said: “Jaguar is proud of its heritage, and it is a heritage that is both alive and ever evolving.
“Advanced engineering is part of our heritage – 2012 sees the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s development of the disc brake for automotive use, and 10 years since the marque introduced aerospace-inspired aluminium monocoque technology to its modern range, technology today used on both the XJ and XK.”
This year’s running of the Mille Miglia has particular significance for Jaguar as it marks 60 years since Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis (then Jaguar’s chief development driver) took the start in the first disc-brake equipped C-type. Later that same year Sir Stirling Moss recorded the first win for a disc-braked car when he drove another C-type to victory at Reims, paving the way for the wide-scale use of the technology.
In August, the Jaguar Heritage Racing team will then be in competitive action at the AVD Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix.
Frank Klaas, Jaguar Land Rover Global Head of Communications, says: “The Nürburgring Nordschleife presents a unique automotive challenge…To also see historic works Jaguars in competitive action at the Nürburgring this year will be fascinating.”
From Germany, the team will then head back to British shores for the Goodwood Revival in September.
The Jaguar Heritage Racing programme is operated and managed by JD Classics, based in Maldon, Essex.
The Jaguar Heritage Racing programme will supplement the activities of Jaguar Heritage. Its cars are not campaigned competitively on-track, but will continue to be exhibited – and demonstrated – at a huge number of events during 2012.