Jaguar has released a new short film that highlights the carmaker’s high-profile participation in the Mille Miglia 2013, which is considered as the ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Race.’ The carmaker has invited high-profile individuals to drive some of its Jaguar Heritage Racing cars as they participate in the 1,000-mile drive event across Italy.
Riding three examples of the Jaguar XK120 were the driver pairings of Sir Chris Hoy and Andy Wallace; Daniel Day Lewis and Jim Gianopulos and David Gandy and Yasmin Le Bon. The pairs were joined by another three high-profile pairs riding three C-Type sports cars -- Jaguar Regional Director for Europe Bernard Kuhnt and actress Hannah Herzsprung; Alex Buncombe and Chris Harris; and Salvatore Ferragamo Jr. and Michael Quinn, who is a grandson of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons.
The Jaguar cavalcade represents only a tiny fraction of the total number of classic race and road cars participating in the annual Mille Miglia event. In fact, this year’s race has attracted over 400 classic cars. This record number of entries means the Jaguar drivers were racing against some of the most significant sports cars ever built.
Sir Chris Hoy, who is also an Ambassador of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, remarked that driving with Le Mans winner Wallace in the Mille Miglia was a privilege and a delight. He quipped that he enjoyed the Mille Miglia’s competitive nature and expressed delight in having his debut with Jaguar.
Gandy, meanwhile, described the Mille Miglia as “an event like no other.” He added that despite grueling hours on the road each day in difficult weather conditions, reactions from fans and the “euphoria” they experienced crossing the finishing line “made it all worthwhile.”