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Jaguar Heritage Racing will be tackling the legendary Mille Miglia classic car endurance event from 15-18 May with a line-up of top-name drivers, which will be traversed over 1,000 gruelling miles from Brescia-Rome-Brescia in ten of the most revered and sought-after historic Jaguar cars ever produced.

Household names from stage and screen, plus fashion, motor sport and music celebrities will campaign their assigned historic Jaguars through Northern and Central Italy for four tough but memorable days of hard driving. Spectators enthusiastically lining the Mille Miglia route will get to see examples of historically-significant Jaguar XKs, C-types and D-types shooting past them with famous faces in the cockpits.

Leading American TV chat show host, Jaguar collector and classic car enthusiast – Jay Leno – will drive the famous ex-Sir James Scott-Douglas 1951 Jaguar XK 120 roadster, raced as part of the Ecurie Ecosse team in period.

Another well-known 1951 XK 120 roadster – the ex-Duncan Hamilton racer registered LXF 731 – will be shared by husband and wife team, Elliot and Erin Gleave. Elliot is better known as the musician Example, with his wife Erin being the Australian TV presenter that he first met when she interviewed him for MTV.

Other significant Jaguar XK  models on the Mille Miglia will include Ex-Stirling Moss Monthlery record-breaking Coupé being driven by multiple award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons.   

Author David Blakeley and model-turned-TV presenter Jodie Kidd will share a race-prepared Jaguar XK120, while Jaguar Vehicle Integrity Chief Engineer Mike Cross will drive the first RHD Fixed Head Coupé version of the XK120, carrying registration LWK 707.

Jaguar Heritage Racing is also entering three famous C-type racing cars, to be driven by celebrities as diverse as cult Belgian singer song writer Milow (Jonathan Vandenbroaek) – who will drive with Jaguar Land Rover Regional Director for Europe Bernard Kuhnt - AC/DC lead singer and car afficionado Brian Johnson, and ex-Jaguar Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace.

Two more motor racing greats – ex-Jaguar Le Mans winner and Formula 1 driver turned TV pundit Martin Brundle, plus ex-Formula 1 racer Bruno Senna – will share the famous ‘Long Nose’ Jaguar D-type, the penultimate example built, registered 393 RW, as this legendary Jaguar model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.

A number of new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupés will support the Jaguar Heritage Racing team, following the full Mille Miglia route through Italy with broadcast crews and VIP guests.

The drivers making up the Jaguar Heritage Racing team will be tweeting live throughout the event, which was famously once proclaimed as: ‘The most beautiful race in the world’. Twitter profiles to watch for the latest personal updates on the event include:

Jaguar Heritage Racing Team Twitter profile names below:

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Jay Leno @LenosGarage
Martin Brundle @MBrundleF1
Bruno Senna @BSenna
Jodie Kidd @RealJodieKidd
David Blakeley @daveblakeley
Milow @milow
Elliot Gleave (Example) @example
Erin Gleave @Erin_McNaught
Brian Johnson @BrianJohnson