JAGUAR AT THE 2011 MILLE MIGLIA
Jaguar is continuing its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the highly regarded E- type with its annual presence at the 2011 Mille Miglia revival event. The company will be represented by vehicles from around the world including XK120, C and D - type models supported by Jaguar Cars and the Jaguar Heritage Trust.
Jaguar’s participation in the 2011 Mille Miglia builds on a long connection with the race. Back in 1950, the company fielded a four-strong team of XK120s, and a young Stirling Moss took the wheel of a works car the following year.
“The Mille Miglia is one of the world's premier driving events, and one where Jaguar has always felt very much at home,” said Frank Klaas, Global Head of Communications, Jaguar Land Rover.
“Our association stretches back to the 1950s, when XK120 and XK140s were a regular sight and C-types and even a D-type also competed. In fact, the very first disc brakes were fitted to the C-type raced by Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis in the 1952 Mille Miglia. Italian race officials were mystified by the new technology and demanded a demonstration to prove it was a brake and not some illegal addition,” he added.
The 2011 Mille Miglia takes place over a 1000-mile course starting from Brescia in northern Italy, mirroring the classic event which became synonymous with legendary displays of driving skill and bravery between 1927 and 1957.
The current retrospective format offers an ideal opportunity to showcase some of Jaguar’s most famous vehicles where they really belong: competing with other classic sports cars on the open road.
“2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the E-type, and 50 years of design integrity” explained Klaas.
"I can think of nowhere better to continue our celebration of the E-type. As envisaged by its designer, Malcolm Sayer, the primary aim of the E-type was to be fast. Indeed, topping out at 150mph, it was the world’s quickest production car. I look forward to experiencing the unrivalled glamour, passion and motoring heritage that the Mille Miglia is certain to offer all competitors and spectators again this year.”
This year’s Mille Miglia starts on May 12 from Piazza della Loggia, Brescia. The 375 cars (built between 1927 and 1957) were selected from among 1,400 requests. They will cross the picturesque historic centers of approximately 147 towns including Modena, Bologna, Spoleto, Siena, Florence, and Rome, to then return to Brescia on May 14.