WOLD RECORD XJ220 LINE-UP SET FOR SILVERSTONE

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Jaguar’s remarkable XJ220 is the latest classic car to receive the record-breaking treatment at the Silverstone Classic.

It’s 25 years since the dramatically-styled, mid-engined, two-seater supercar was first introduced, quickly becoming not only Jaguar’s fastest ever production car (an accolade it still holds today) but also the fastest production car in the world when clocked at a – then peerless – 212.3 mph.

Jaguar produced just 271 XJ220s between 1992 and 1994 in conjunction with its competition partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing – each one priced at a not inconsiderable £470,000. Such is their rarity that, until this summer’s planned gathering at the Silverstone Classic (28-30 July), never have more than a handful ever been seen together.

Now, working closely with renowned XJ220 specialist Don Law Racing, the organisers of the annual Classic are aiming to bring together more than 50 examples for an astonishing display and circuit parade at the end of July.

“We are inviting all XJ220 owners from right round the world to join us for what will be a really special celebration of an often overlooked supercar,” said Law. “We will be bringing along some special models including the Martini car and the MIRA crash test car, and we are also hoping to have one of the factory Le Mans cars here. The largest public gathering of XJ220s in the UK to-date is 20 – our aim for this summer’s Classic is to at least double that.”

The Jaguar XJ220 showcase will take place on the Saturday of the event, with a parade lap involving some specially invited guests who have close associations with the car’s design, development and on-track success.

“The Classic now has quite a reputation for staging these record-breaking parades but, even by our own very high standards, this promises to be something very, very special,” stated Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser, Goose Live Events. “It all really started back in 2011 with the remarkable cavalcade of 767 E-types, which still holds an official Guinness World Record for a parade of Jaguars. Since then, we’ve seen massive numbers of Aston Martins, Porsche 911s, Ferrari F40s, Ford Mustangs and even grand prix cars all take to the track – and this year, we will add never-before-seen numbers of XJ220s to that incredible roster.”

Although originally conceived to feature a V12 engine plus four-wheel-drive, to meet emissions legislation and performance targets, the showroom XJ220 model arrived with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 developing 542bhp, delivered to the rear transaxle via a five-speed manual gearbox.

A racing version – called the XJ220-C – was introduced in 1993 to compete in the increasingly important GT class within international sportscar races. Later that year, one of these factory-entered cars driven by David Brabham, David Coulthard and John Nielsen won the GT category at Le Mans only to be controversially excluded by the French organisers.

“When I first saw the XJ220, I must admit I thought it was a sexy-looking beast, but as soon as we started testing it transpired to be difficult to drive,” Brabham recalls. “In fact, by the time we got to Le Mans pre-qualifying, it was pretty scary and tail-happy – not to mention slow.

“A much bigger rear wing was fitted for the race, all of a sudden bringing the car to life – but even then, the week was far from straightforward. Despite a variety of dramas, we fought back against all odds to win our class.

“To represent Jaguar at Le Mans was already something very cool, and to be up on the podium after the race was amazing, with a sea of fans down in the pit-lane below. My brother was one of the overall race winners with Peugeot, so it was a particularly special moment for the Brabham family, celebrating a double victory.

“And then, of course, we got disqualified…”

All those wanting to experience this not-to-be-missed XJ220 celebration can still take advantage of Early Bird tickets, which offer discounts of up to 18 per cent if purchased before the end of March.

 

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F-TYPE RACER – SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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It isn’t official yet, but this artists impression of what the GT4 F-Type might look like is mighty exciting.

The F-Type is an ideal racing candidate with its super-stiff lightweight aluminium body and all of that Jaguar V8 power.

Jaguar also has a long record of building sports racing cars for customers from the XK120, to C-Type, D-Type, Lightweight E-Type etc right through until the start of the Group 44 and TWR eras.

It could also be a toe-in-the-water exercise which eventually leads Jaguar officially back to its spiritual racing home – Le Mans!!!

That is something to really contemplate.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER APPLIES FOR A LOAD OF NEW TRADEMARK NAMES

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Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly filed for a number of trademarks that could point to the names of interesting future models.

Some of those trademarks include past names, such as ‘XJS’, recalling the company’s flagship coupe from 1976-1996. Others include C-XE, iXE, diXE, XEdi, XEi, CXF, CXJ, P-Type and T-type.

It’s worth remembering that carmakers file for trademarks all the time, most of which never see the light of day, but we could guess those names include proposals for an XE coupe to take on the BMW 4 Series and C-Class coupe, electric XE to match Tesla’s Model 3, hybrid and diesel plug-in hybrid models, two-door XF to rival E-Class coupe, two-door XJ to rival S-Class coupe and potentially a larger SUV, and F-Type successor.

Land Rover trademarks include Landy, Range Rover Classic, Sawtooth, Stormer and Landmark. This could suggest a rebranding for the current Range Rover, a compact SUV to sit below Discovery Sport, or perhaps another sports model that dusts off the Stormer moniker from 2004 Range Stormer concept.

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VALE: IAN STEWART – JAGUAR WORKS DRIVER AND THE LAST ORIGINAL ECURIE ECOSSE RACER

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Ian’s forebears were crofters on the hills behind Loch Tay. Early members of the family, the McCallum’s eventually launched themselves into the whisky business producing D & J McCallum’s Perfection Scotch Whisky.

 

1951 was his key year as he managed to buy an early Jaguar XK120 and took it to Edinburgh to be serviced by Merchiston Motors run by ex-grand prix driver David Murray. The service director was Wilkie Wilkinson . At the end of the season David Murray had the idea of forming a team of Scottish drivers to race nationally and possibly internationally. Ian was the cornerstone of the idea as his superb driving had been noticed by no less a person than Stirling Moss who tipped off Jaguar competitions manager Lofty England. Initially David Murray had a Jaguar XK120 and he would join Ian but his wife disapproved so he sold it to the son of a local Haulier, Bill Dobson who was also keen to race. David now had two drivers for his Ecurie Ecosse team and needed a third as Esso had offered a substantial cheque if the team ran three identical cars in racing. The third man was to be Sir James Scott Douglas a Scot living in London who also had a Jaguar.

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The 1952 season saw Ecurie Ecosse arriving on the scene and winning races. Not only that, but Ian Stewart was chosen to race a factory C type Jaguar at Le Mans that year. Sadly that was the year Jaguar used a low-nose, long-tail version of the C type and the cars retired due to overheating. As a factory driver Ian was offered the chance to buy one of the customer C types that were being built and he bought chassis 06 and ran it in the Jersey Road Race having run in the engine on the drive from Coventry to the ferry to Jersey. He won first time out and had his greatest win in the car at Charterhall when in his drum-braked C type he beat Stirling Moss driving one of the new C types with disc brakes. He was again selected for the Jaguar team for the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours and finished 4th overall sharing with Peter Whitehead. By now he had been joined in Ecurie Ecosse by Ninian Sanderson and Jimmy Stewart and they were a formidable combination and one of the most successful privately entered sports car teams in period.

An invitation to race in Argentina in 1954, was taken up and Ian was to share one of the ex-factory C types with disc brakes in the race with Jimmy Stewart. It so happened that Ian’s father was in Argentina buying cattle for his pedigree stock in Scotland and was not interested in seeing his son race. He took a cargo boat back to Britain.

In the race Ian came up to lap the Porsche Spyder of Jaroslav Juhan who, in turn, was trying to overtake an even slower car. As Stewart arrived at the corner Juhan moved over and rather than hit the Porsche Ian tried to avoid Juhan and hit a wall breaking his collar bone in the accident. He was taken to hospital, but unfortunately news of this was passed on by radio to Ian’s father on board ship and by mistake was told that Ian had been killed. Needless to say he was relieved to find that Ian was not only alive, but arrived back home. At this stage Ian was given the ultimatum, give up motor racing and take over the family business or face the consequences.

As he was the only son he felt his responsibility rested with the family business and he retired from racing and never actually raced again.

Credit: Graham Gauld

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