Le Mans XJ220C and Group C Jaguars at XK70 festival

David Coulthard XJ220C and Group C race cars will take to the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb on June 9-10 as part of the 70th anniversary of the Jaguar XK

Three of Jaguar’s legendary Group C cars and the ex-David Coulthard Le Mans XJ220 have been confirmed for the XK70 Festival.

The event takes place at Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire on 9-10 June 2018 to celebrate 70 years since the introduction of the ground-breaking XK120.

The Group C cars will come from the Eagle Historic Collection, part of the Eagle company that's best known for its special edition E-types and updates.

The three Group C cars from Eagle are expected to be the 1988 XJR-5, the 1989 XJR-6 team car, and the XJR-6 LM, the only surviving Le Mans example. They'll be demonstrated on the hillclimb – one of very few times that Group C cars will have been seen at Shelsley Walsh.

Other cars from the Eagle Historic Collection will also star at the event. They include:

  • The XJ220C driven by David Coulthard and David Brabham in the 1993 Le Mans
  • Lister Jaguar 'BHL103'
  • A highly original XK140
  • The Kingsman film E-type
  • Eagle Speedster that starred in Top Gear
  • Eagle's Spyder GT and Low Drag GT models
  • The '14th Lightweight E-type' (4 GXO) built from an original monocoque left over from the second restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight
  • Classic Marathon E-type
  • Original E-type Roadster and Coupé

In addition, well-known XJ220 specialists Don Law Racing have promised to bring several XJ220s and XJR-15s, and Don's son Justin Law – a leading historic racer – will be demonstrating some of the cars on the hillclimb. Anyone who has seen Justin in action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed will know how spectacular that will be.

Keith Helfet, designer of the XJ220, will also be attending, and giving talks on the car. Other special guests include Sir John Egan, former Jaguar Chairman and author of the best-selling book Saving Jaguar, Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, former Jaguar racers Peter Sutcliffe and Peter Sargent, legendary test driver Norman Dewis, racer Willy Green, Dr Samir Klat (responsible for the aerodynamic makeover of the famous E-type '49 FXN' and former Wheeler Dealers presenter Edd China, who will be running 'Ask Edd sessions'.

A record-breaking 700 XKs from around the world are expected, but all XK-engined Jaguars, including the Mk1 and Mk2, E-type and XJ6, are invited, as well as more recent models such as the XK8 and F-type.

A competitive hillclimb will take place on the Saturday, while Sunday will be reserved for parades and demonstration runs – including the chance for visitors to drive their own cars up the hill.

Other highlights will include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past, a vintage fairground, shopping village, live music and a 1948-themed party.

Discounted advance tickets start at £20, with under-16s getting in free when accompanied by an adult. VIP packages are also available. For tickets and more information, click here.

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