Jaguar had a major role at the launching of the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic E-type. The launch was attended by Yasmin Le Bon with her daughter Amber, who posed beside what’s regarded by many as the most famous E-type of all. It is one of two cars that had gone on an epic, high-speed journey from Coventry to Geneva in March 1961 at the request of Sir William Lyons.
Norman Dewis, Chief Test Driver at the time, had delivered the car, a prototype Series One E-type roadster that carries the registration '77 RW'.
Mike Cross, the current Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, will be at the wheel of the new 2011 Jaguar XKR-S, stylishly marking the event with a series of dramatic demonstration runs up the Goodwood hill.
Ex-Le Mans and BTCC racer Anthony Reid, who was driving an XFR, will also participate. Because of his enthusiastic driving style, he won the TAG Heuer 'Most Spirited Getaway' award. Jaguar has a sculpture being commissioned for the lawn in front of Goodwood House.
Expect to see Jaguars from the past, present and the future (the XK120) and examples of the C-, D- and E-type take part in demonstration runs in front of the crowds.
The Festival will start on June 30. It will be kicked off with the Moving Motor Show where visitors will get the chance to experience the latest Jaguar road cars and take on the Goodwood hill.
The 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed has been chosen as the venue for Jaguar’s two important anniversary celebrations. One of these celebrations will be the 50th anniversary of the iconic Jaguar E-Type. Considered as one of the best-loved sports cars in the United Kingdom, the E-Type will be honored at the 2011 Festival of Speed (July 1-3) and Goodwood Revival (September16-18). Jaguar unveiled the E-Type at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show; and from then on, it quickly rose to fame as one of the icons of the 1960s.
It has posted a number of records on different racing circuits around the world, including Goodwood. It also charmed people with its elegant looks. Thus, to celebrate 50 years of existence of the Jaguar E-Type, the carmaker will have an original ‘Central Feature’ installation at the upcoming Festival of Speed. This Central Feature will be created, as usual, by Gerry Judah, who has been responsible for designing and crafting every memorable display at the Festival since 1997.
Moreover, a class in the ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance will be dedicated to variants of the Jaguar E-Type. The visitors at the Goodwood Hill will have the pleasure to see examples of each notable E-Type racers. Also in this edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first victory at Le Mans with a class of 24 Hours challengers.
To be represented are the Jaguar C-Types and D-Types that emerged victorious five times in the 1950s. Also to be represented will be the XJR series that marked Jaguar’s winning comeback to la Sarthe in the 1980s. Jaguar will also feature examples of every other model that took part at the 24 hour race.