again delivered an interesting talk about the XJ40 and its important place in Jaguar history.

The month of June got off to a busy start with two events the same weekend! For the third year running, the Trust was asked to support the Sport & Collection event at the Circuit du Val de Vienne near Poitiers in France.

Held from June 2-5, this is primarily a charity fund raising event to raise money for the cancer research unit at Poitiers Hospital but it attracts a large crowd of over 40,000 people, drawn by the spectacle of 500 Ferraris and many other classic racing and sports cars from pre-war through to present day. JLR France was hosting a major PR activity as part of the Art of Performance Tour, showcasing the new F-TYPE SVR. This year it was agreed to send the

Trust’s 1956 long nose Jaguar D-type which is celebrating its 60th birthday, together with a lovely Series 1 E-type, chassis 41, which was formerly owned by the Duke of Bedford and is now part of the JLR Classic vehicle fleet. As the Trust’s D-type chassis XKD 605 famously made its debut in the Reims 12 hour race on June 30, 1956 – coming home in 1st place driven by Duncan Hamilton and Ivor Bueb – it was decided to take in a detour to Reims on the way to Poitiers for a special photo shoot in the old pit lane area of the Circuit de Gueux, which has been lovingly preserved. The D-type and E-type were lined up with some of the latest Jaguars in front of the Jaguar pit box which features a plaque commemorating the 1954 event, the first victory for the D-type, which was erected by the JDHT in 2006. From Reims, the cars headed on to the

Circuit du Val de Vienne where they were put on display in front of the JLR France hospitality unit and both cars took part in some special parade laps during the event. At the same time, the home based team was busy supporting Coventry Motofest, the second year running that the Trust has participated in this major event in Jaguar’s spiritual home city! As a contrast to last year, when an amazing line-up of sports and racing cars took to the tight circuit on a


Coventry marques: Standards parked up outside The Flying Standard public house

Bristol Classic: 1897 Daimler and the 1901 Lanchester

section of the Coventry ring road, this year the focus was on road cars from the last 80 years. Ten cars were lined up for the thousands of visitors to enjoy, five from the Trust’s collection and five from the JLR Classic fleet. These latter vehicles were chosen because they are part of the selection being used to support the latest range of Classic Drive Experiences. All the cars took part in two parades on each day

to show off their dynamic capabilities and the opportunity was taken to promote the drive experiences to visitors who expressed

an interest in trying one themselves. Other historic Coventry automotive

marques were also well represented around the city and it was great to see a large line- up of beautifully preserved Standards parked up outside The Flying Standard public house (even if it is now part of the Wetherspoon’s chain!). A couple of weeks later, over the weekend June 18-19, the Bristol Classic Car Show took place at the Shepton Mallett showground. The Trust had been asked to supply its 1901 Lanchester to be exhibited on the Daimler and Lanchester Owners’ Club stand alongside a rare 1897 Daimler that belongs to one of its members.

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