There was quite a change for Jaguar owners at Silverstone Classic this year!
As far back as most ‘regular’ attendees of this event can remember Jaguar have always occupied the banking at Copse, a perfect vantage point for viewing the racing, with the ‘village’ only a stone’s throw away for refreshments and indulging in a bit of automotive themed shopping!
With this year being XJ50 and XK70, a big change was required in order to ease the flow of traffic to and from the circuit for the Celebration Parade, so we were moved to ‘The Adrenaline Zone’ in order for the parade cars to be safely and efficiently marshalled onto and off of the circuit at Luffield.
And so it was that late on Saturday afternoon, almost 100 Jaguar and Daimler XJ’s and XK’s were marshalled onto the famous Silverstone racetrack in an Anniversary Parade to Celebrate 70 years of the XK name, model and engine and 50 years of the XJ name and model.
Rob Jenner felt greatly honoured when Swallows Racing offered him the chance to drive one of their Palmersport XKR’s on the track for the XJ50 Parade! (Jumping eagerly into the car, he didn’t wait to be asked twice!)
Bringing up the rear of the first part of the parade, he heard some voices shouting “Go on! Go on! Give it the beans!” and looked up to see the owners of the car, Gary, Jack and Tom Robinson, from Swallows Racing, goading him on to put his foot down, which he gladly accepted, but with safety and the track officials also in his mind!
The parade was strictly for XJ and XK with the exception of Ron Siddle who led the parade in his replica C-type! Ron’s passenger was a photographer who was getting a frontline view for the archives!
Just ahead of Rob Jenner, at the rear of the parade, Swiss Jaguar Specialist Georg Donni was driving his Rappport Forte – based on a Daimler Double Six Series 2.
Behind Georg, was Letitia Mace in an X358 Sovereign, with former JEC Director and racing driver Simon Cronin as passenger. Simon was providing some excellent racing tips into the bargain, while in the rear seat of the X358 was another photographer (Andrew Coles) who was taking yet more photographs, most of which were of Georg Donni’s car and Rob in the Palmersport XKR, as we dodged around eachother getting some interesting shots!
All in all, there are plenty of records of this unique parade, of which the JEC was a very important part!
|Over the weekend we had an impressive turnout of JEC members and their cars, ranging from a low mileage Mark 7 in beautiful condition…….|
|……. to a Jaguar XJ575, the latest special edition XJ saloon, driven here by the lucky lady who owns it!|
|The JEC stand also boasted some rare and interesting Jaguars, such as the aforementioned Rapport Forte, driven here by the owner, Georg Donni, from Donni Classic Car in Switzerland|
|Colin Manconi’s XJ220,|
|two Palmersport race-prepped XKR’s, both belonging to Swallows Racing|
|A solitary Series 1 XJ joined us for the XJ Anniversary parade|
|Neil Blaxill drove his XJ based Mark 2 in the parade|
Scarlett Orr, who is studying Motorsport Engineering, is pictured here with the Group C Prototype Replica which she and her father enjoy displaying and discussing at car shows. They certainly know how to draw a crowd!