The Jaguar XK 120 in Competition
Racing and Rallying in the UK & Europe 1949 – 2018
A pictorial history by Dr James Fraser, edited by Paul Skilleter
Four years in the making, this new book covers the XK 120’s career in both motor racing and rallying, from the first competitive appearance of the car (Silverstone, August 1949) to the popular XK racing series of today.
It majors on the XK 120’s period career in the UK and Europe which broadly spanned 1950 to 1960, However, it was during the early 1950s that the car achieved widespread fame at the hands of such as (Sir) Stirling Moss in motor racing, and rose to the top of international rallying thanks to the Appleyards and many other crews.
The story is then taken on to the 1960s and early 1970s, when the car re-emerged onto the tracks as an historic racer, and is continued to the present day.
No expense has been spared in assembling some 1,200 of the finest motor racing and rallying photographs ever taken, including by such as Klemantaski, Guy Griffiths, George Philips of Autosport, Jean Sejnost of Photo Junior and many others.
A key element of the book is the detailed listings of XK 120s which have competed in all types of motor sport, sorted by registration number, chassis number, driver and location. These lists cover several hundred cars, and no doubt a number of current XK 120 owners will discover for the first time that their car was raced or rallied!
Author Dr James Fraser is himself the owner of an historic XK 120 and has long researched competition XK 120 histories – here aided by David Bentley, who maintains the UK’s most extensive listing of XKs, and by Paul Skilleter, founder of the XK Register and who raced an aluminium-bodied XK 120 in the 1970s.
Two editions are available
Standard: Hardback with jacket, 30.5 x 23 x 3.5cm, 486 pages. ISBN 978-1-908658-05-0
Price £245.00, early-bird discount £220.00 plus carriage.
Special edition: Leather bound slip-cased edition of 120, signed by Mrs Pat Quinn, elder daughter of Sir William & Lady Lyons who as Mrs Pat Appleyard crewed NUB 120 with Ian Appleyard to win, amongst much else, the first Alpine Gold Cup ever awarded. Also by Bob Berry, Sir William’s PR man who in the mid-1950s was the fastest XK 120 driver. Also by Dr James Fraser and Paul Skilleter. £390.00 with free delivery worldwide. ISBN 978-1-908658-07-4
Published by PJ Publishing Ltd, 38 Farm Lane South, Barton on Sea, BH25 7BR,
Tel: 01425 612669,
Email: Paul Skilleter
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