Jaguar has enlisted a distinct unique team of drivers for its Jaguar Heritage Racing entry for the 2013 Mille Miglia classic car tour. Piloting examples of Jaguar C-Type and XK120 heritage race cars are Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace, six-time Olympic cycling Champion Sir Chris Hoy, global supermodel David Gandy, German actress Hannah Herzsprung, chairman & chief executive of 20th Century Fox Jim Gianopulos, Italian Salvatore Ferragamo Jr. and fashion legend Yasmin Le Bon.
Joining them is Michael Quinn, grandson of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. They will be led by Jaguar Heritage Racing's multiple race winner Alex Buncombe. Motoring journalist Chris Harris will link up for the classic car tour in a Jaguar C-Type once owned by Juan Manuel Fangio, a former Formula 1 Champion.
Jaguar first joined the Mille Miglia classic motorsport in 1952, fielding a C-Type sports car piloted by Jaguar Chief Development Engineer Norman Dewis and Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss. Jaguar’s classic car line-up -- three C-Type race cars and three XK120s -- will be followed on the majority of the driving route by five new Jaguar F-TYPE sports cars. A driver training with Dewis and some members of the 2013 Jaguar Heritage Racing team at Goodwood Motor Circuit can be viewed in the video below.
Jaguar Regional Director for Europe Bernard Kuhnt – who will drive with Hannah Herzsprung in the event - said: “Jaguar’s 1952 entry into the Mille Miglia was hugely significant in the evolution of Jaguar products. Seductive design, intelligent performance and technological innovation were features of all Jaguar sports cars in the 1950s and 60s and they are prevalent in the incredible new F-TYPE. I am delighted that the Jaguar sports car ‘bloodline’ will be together in this great race and that such an exciting list of individuals will come together to celebrate the occasion and drive our cars.”
The Mille Miglia – literally translates to “Thousand Miles” -- was an open-road, motorsport endurance auto race held in Italy from 1927 to 1957. In 1953, the Mille Miglia became a round of the World Sports Car Championship. In 1957, the race was prohibited following two fatal crashes. One of these involved a Ferrari 335 S that resulted in the death of drivers Alfonso de Portago and Edmund Nelson as well as nine spectators. The other crash involved a Triumph TR3, which resulted to the death of driver Joseph Gottgens.
The event was revived as a regularity race for classic and vintage cars that were built before 1957. The event -- now known as Mille Miglia Storica -- is limited to cars that took part or were registered in the original race.