Motoring Celebrities


XK70 Logo Some incredible guests have been invited along to XK70 next month!

Make sure you are at Shelsley Walsh for XK70 on 9th/10th June 2018 and the chance to meet them.

Celebrity motoring guests include:



Pat Appleyard – The daughter of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons famously rallied a white Jaguar XK120 in partnership with her then-husband, Ian Appleyard. Together they won Alpine Cups in 1950, ’51 and ’52, a hat-trick which earned the pair the rally’s first Gold Cup. The Appleyards’ XK120, with the registration plate NUB 120, will also be at the Festival.

Edd China – Internationally famous as the presenter of Discovery Channel’s popular TV programme Wheeler Dealers and now working on other small-screen projects, petrolhead Edd is sure to be entertaining and knowledgeable in the Festival’s live forums.

Sir John Egan – Jaguar’s saviour. As chief executive from 1980 to 1990, he turned a loss-making and imperilled part of BL Cars into a profitable independent company. Sir John drove through big improvements in productivity and product quality, oversaw the launch of the AJ6 six-cylinder engine and the XJ40 saloon, and initiated racing programmes which resulted in two victories at Le Mans.

Richard Attwood – One of Britain’s Le Mans 24 Hours winners – albeit at the wheel of a German car, the Porsche 917K. In world-class sports car racing Dickie also drove Ferrari’s 250LM and 330P3/4, the Ford GT40, Porsche’s 906 and 908, and the Alfa Romeo T33. Patriots will be pleased to hear, however, that in Formula One he raced only for British teams BRM, Lotus and Cooper.

Keith Helfet – The car designer who, in the expert opinion of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons, was a natural. As Jaguar’s Chief Stylist, Keith was responsible for the XJ220 supercar, XK180 concept car, and 1990s F-type concept. For a while the XJ220 was the fastest production car in the world; forever it will be an icon of 80’s styling. Keith will answer questions on the Festival stage.

Willie Green – Willie’s natural talent as a driver kept him at the pinnacle of historic racing for three decades. He peddled many models from Anthony Bamford’s JCB collection of classic racing cars and reckons he must have raced nearly 100 Ferraris. At the Festival, Willie will give passenger rides up the hill to raise money for charities Midlands Air Ambulance and Prostate Cancer UK.

Philip Porter – Internationally renowned Jaguar expert and author, Philip is co-founder with wife Julie of motoring book publisher Porter Press International and of the Jaguar XK and E-type Clubs. He’s the proud owner of the first production E-type, 9600 HP, as well as the E-type roadster which appeared in The Italian Job. Philip will interview well-known personalities on the Festival’s stage.

Norman Dewis OBE – As chief test driver and development engineer for Jaguar Cars from 1952 to 1985, 97-year-old Norman is today famous for his repertoire of spellbinding stories. Norman drove an XK120 at a record-setting 172.412 mph in ’53, raced a D-type at Le Mans in ’55, crashed the XJ13 (when a tyre failed) in ’71, and was involved in developing every XK-badged or XK-engined Jaguar.


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