The Midland Automobile Club’s annual Classic Nostalgia day was a celebration of Jaguar this year. The event looked back at 80 years of the Jaguar brand as well as some extra focus on its many Le Mans successes. This hillclimb event is always a highlight of the motoring calender but this year was certainly a special one for fans of “big cats”.
As you would expect, trackside was crammed with Jag’ fans of all ages excited to see this array of cars being driven as they should be. Many of them may have only seen certain models in static exhibitions before, a state that never quite represents the power and grace of the marque. But events like this cant happen without support; Classic Motor Cars, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, Stratstone, and Jaguar Cars all pitched in to provide vehicles for the day. Without this kind of generosity and enthusiasm many of these wonderful cars would remain in storage and that’s no place for a wild animal!
The list of cars that took part in the event is long and the highlights were many, but there were a few extra special appearances. Probably the most exiting was the much talked about Project 7 car. This F-type special has yet to be officially launched but has been seen before at events like Goodwood. With a 567bhp V8 the Project 7 car will be the most powerful road going Jaguar of all time. With a rumoured limited run of just 250 the chance to see one on track was a rare one indeed. The crowd were also treated to a chance to see Callum Mark 2. This Mark 2 Jaguar is something Ian Callum, Design Director of Jaguar has been heavily involved in as you would expect when it bares his name. A number of the frankly awesome XJ220s also took turns up the hill along with the Group 44 E- type of Bob Tullius and an XJR9.
There were also static displays that included some classic Daimlers, the actual E-type from the Italian Job and an Ecurie Ecosse C-type. Events like this are so important for British Motoring, our heritage is something to be very proud of with brands like Jaguar still going strong. Many young people may not appreciate the amount of amazing cars Jaguar have produced and the time span over which they produced them. Let’s all hope there are 80 more years of stunning, ground breaking cars to come.