Smiling Jaguar Magazine reader Tiff Needell needs little introduction, and aside from many other things, he drove Bob McKay’s XJ13 Brisbane-based replica on the famous UK Fifth Gear television show. He is a presenter of Lovecars, and formerly served as co-presenter of Top Gear and Fifth Gear.

He drove F1 with Ensign, and made his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1981. His best result at Le Mans was third overall in 1990. In 1995, he drove a Porsche at Daytona and a Jaguar XJ220 at Le Mans.

He then drove the Lister Storm for five years, reaching third overall at Daytona in 1997 before gearbox problems dropped them to nineteenth. In 1998 he finished fifth in the British GT Championship and won the Silverstone Golden Jubilee Trophy race. That same year, he was to be part of Lister’s assault on Le Mans, but the car failed scrutineering and thus didn’t qualify.

In 2000, he again drove for Lister, this time in three races of the British GT Championship, winning all of them. He won at Donington Park in the main Lister entry and then competed in two further rounds in the CSi privately entered Lister. Due to the late entry, this car wasn’t registered for championship points, but Tiff won both races at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone Circuit. He also took part in the 2000 FIA GT Championship for one round at Zolder.


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