Remember when Jaguar was a massive motorsport name?

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Sure, there was the ill-fated trip into Formula One from 2000-2004, but cast back further and you have Le Mans and ETC success in the 1980s, as well as a Bathurst victory in 1985.

Return to the 1950s and 60s, however, and Jaguar’s richest racing seam can be found.

From XK120 through to the stunning Lightweight E-Types, not to mention the famous C- and D-Types, few sports car manufacturers can lay claim to such a successful racing heritage.

With this in mind, the recently-created Jaguar Heritage business will field nine of its cars for the 2015 Mille Miglia; a race with a similarly romantic history.

To be run from 14-17 May in Italy, Jaguar Heritage will run three C-Types, three D-Types, XK120, XK140 and a MK VII racer.

The Mille Miglia itself runs from Brescia to Rome and back again, covering around 1000 miles over the course of the event, hence the name.

Five-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner Derek Bell headlines the driving talent, aboard a C-Type which is looked after by Jaguar Heritage. Mike Cross, Jaguar vehicle integrity chief engineer, will also run a C-Type. Jaguar director of design Ian Callum will be aboard a D-Type.

Celebrities have also been invited to participate. Charley Boorman will drive the Jaguar Heritage MK VII, Jodie Kidd the XK120 Roadster and TV chef James Martin one of the remaining D-Types.

Jaguar Heritage will be out in force in a brace of new XE saloons to support the classics on-event, in what will be a show of strength for the reinvigorated British marque.

 

 

 

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