To many people the E-type is as sensational a car today as it was when it was launched in 1961. Then, of course, it was a sensation. It was vivacious, sensuous, shocking and fast – as much a symbol of the Swinging Sixties as the Beatles or the mini-skirt.
Relatively, the E-type is not rare and yet it is highly revered. There are, it is true, faster cars today and there are better built, more sophisticated cars. But it is debatable whether there exists any more beautiful car and E-types are not for posing; they are for driving.
The E-type 60 will enjoy plenty of action over two days in June next year at the suitably historic Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb, the oldest race track in the world still in use, ideally situated in the UK Midlands. That action will include competitive timed climbs, cavalcades and demo runs by famous cars and personalities. The charismatic ’60s and early ’70s will be celebrated in every way.
Star cars will include 9600 HP: the original launch press car, the oldest Jaguar E-type in existence, the original 150mph E-type and subject of the book The Most Famous Car in the World, published by Orion. Plus the red E-type from the movie The Italian Job.
Supporting cast includes hordes of Minis (that other great British automotive icon with the Mini Cooper also celebrating its 60th), distinguished E-type and classic car exhibitors, ’60s art, ’60s fashion, vintage and lifestyle stands, Champagne house, cocktails and canapés, gin distillers…
Event charity partner is Hope for Tomorrow – with special guest, Richard Attwood in attendance.
Entertainment includes ’60s tribute bands, ’60s and ’70s film footage on a big screen in the E-Theatre, Q&As with celebrities – fronted by Philip Porter.
Picture by Ben Wood