XK70 Jaguar Festival to celebrate engine
Hillclimb sprints, retro parties and Le Mans racers will star at Shelsley Walsh as the International XK Club celebrates Jaguar’s iconic engine
The International XK Club will hold a ‘Jaguar Festival’ to celebrate 70 years of the marque’s XK engine. It hopes the event will attract over 700 cars.
The XK70 celebration will take place at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb over the weekend of June 9-10, and will feature competitive hillclimb sprints, displays, special guests and a party to mark the anniversary.
First introduced in 1948 with the debut of the XK120 at the Earls Court Motor Show, the long-serving XK engine featured in almost all Jaguars produced over the next 40 years.
Notably, the XK engine was used in the subsequent XK140 and XK150 models, and for also taking Jaguar C-types and D-types to six wins in the Le Mans 24-hours.
It is hoped that over 700 XK-powered cars will gather at XK70, setting a world record. Attendees will also be able to enjoy a 1948 ‘Mess Tent’ party, forum, dinners and live music.
Confirmed guests include Peter Sargent. He and fellow British privateer, the late Peter Lumsden, shared two E-types during the 1960s: 898 BYR, a very early production roadster in which they finished fifth at Le Mans in 1962, and 49 FXN, the famous low-drag Lightweight.
The latter car ran at the French endurance race in 1964 and was modified by Finnish aerodynamics ace Dr Samir Klat; both he and the car will also attend XK70. Also expected is Peter Sutcliffe, who raced a D-type before acquiring a Lightweight E-type in 1963. Sutcliffe later went on to race a Ferrari 250GTO and a GT40 at Le Mans.
Philip Porter, who founded the UK-based International XK Club in 1997, said: ‘It is our intention to celebrate this landmark in suitable style.
‘We had 600 XKs at our XK60 event in 2008. Our aim is to exceed that and reach 700 for XK70. All XK120s, 140s and 150s are eligible, together with their derivatives the C-types and D-types, plus XK-engined cars and all Jaguar sports cars.
‘I know how successful XK60 was, and XK70 looks to be even better!’
Classic Cars for Sale
Wonderful condition Displaying only 22,247 miles! Rare and desirable Rolls-Royce Phantom Touring Limousine by James Young (Design PV22) The most acclaimed James Young Phantom V design One of only 101 built and one of only 48 assembled with left-hand drive Acquired by Andrew Goodman, of Bergdorf Goodman Luxury Department Store in New York City in 1964 Previously owned by a Pebble
The S1 Continental engine had effectively run its course by 1959 and could not be developed any further. The approximate 160bhp power output was more than sufficient but due to pressures and competition elsewhere Rolls-Royce sought out an improved power unit to deliver more speed whilst retaining the Bentley Continentals refined performance. The answer was a complete move away from the six cylinde
The tremendous success Bentley enjoyed with the R Type Continental continued onto the S Series chassis in late 1955 with a range of new bodies available to collectors. The Park Ward drophead coupe was originally the brain child of legendary coachwork designer John Blatchley who had been involved in the styling of the R Type Continental by H.J. Mulliner. Six R Type Continental chassis were delivere
The decision was taken in 1950 to develop a Bentley motor car capable of producing high maximum speeds ideal for Continental touring on the long straight roads of Europe. The higher speeds were to be coupled with correspondingly high rates of acceleration and excellent handling. In order to achieve these lofty ambitions a tremendous amount of research and testing were conducted using quarter scale