Events : Jaguar at the Goodwood Revival


Jaguar continued to be one of the dominant marques at the Goodwood Revival Meeting – in 2013, the company fielded more than 30 cars the the race programme, as well as putting on a great display in the Earls Court motor show area, with a collection that included the best of its old and new models.

Jaguar C-types led the charge in challenging conditions in Friday evening’s wet Freddie March Memorial Trophy race into the dark, with examples of the model taking all three places on the podium, and Alex Buncombe and John Young taking a convincing victory overall in Jaguar Heritage Racing’s ex-Fangio C-type.

In the Sussex Trophy race, ex-BTCC and Le Mans star Anthony Reid took the chequered flag in a ‘long nose’ Jaguar D-type.  Reid also took a hard-fought second place in the prestigious Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race in a 1963 Lister-Jaguar Coupe, shared with Chris Harris.

The St Mary’s Trophy for 1960s touring cars had a special poignancy with the race dedicated to the memory of the great driver, racing team manager and renowned Guildford Jaguar dealer John Coombs.  Coombs achieved fame with his racing Jaguar Mk2 saloons, with the distinctive registration plates BUY 1 and BUY 2, as often driven by such motor racing greats as Graham Hill.

Examples of the current Jaguar model range – contrasted older Jaguar models with the F-Type – proved to be very popular on Jaguar’s exhibition stand inside the nostalgic Earls Court Motor Show.  David Gandy premiered his new short film, Escapism, on the Jaguar stand, featuring him driving some of the most famous sports cars ever produced, and celebrating the new F-Type convertible.

Keith Adams

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