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Famous Jaguar sports cars, racers entered in Mille Miglia


Jaguar C-types, D-types and XKs will run in Italy's famed Mille Miglia | Jaguar Heritage Racing
Jaguar C-types, D-types and XKs will run in Italy’s famed Mille Miglia | Jaguar Heritage Racing

Jaguar Heritage Racing will field 10 of its most-celebrated race and sports cars of the 1950s for the Mille Miglia classic car rally May 15-18 through the heart of Italy.

Driving the historic collection of XKs, C-types and D-types will be famous stars of stage, screen, music and motorsports, who will pair up as pilots and navigators for the driving event that reenacts the former Mille Miglia road race, which ran from 1927 through 1958.

The Jaguar Heritage Racing entries and famous occupants include:

* The 1951 Jaguar XK 120 roadster that raced as part of the Ecurie Ecosse team, driven by retired Tonight Show host Jay Leno;

* The ex-Jim Swift racing XK120 roadster driven by award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons;

* An XK140 once owned by successful British racing driver David Hobbs and to be driven by Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald.

* Three famous C-type racing cars, to be driven by AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, Belgian singer-songwriter Milow (Jonathan Vandenbroeck) and ex-Jaguar Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace, who will drive the Jaguar C-type that won the 1952 Reims Grand Prix with Formula 1 legend Stirling Moss at the wheel.

* The penultimate “Long Nose” Jaguar D-type, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014, driven by the team of ex-Jaguar Le Mans and World Sports Prototype Championship winner, Formula 1 driver and TV pundit Martin Brundle and ex-Formula 1 racer Bruno Senna.

* Other beautiful XK 120s will be occupied by British music star Elliot Greave and his wife, Erin Greave, TV personality and former Miss Australia; author David Blakeley with TV personality Jodie Kidd; and Jaguar Vehicle Integrity Chief Engineer Mike Cross in the ex-Stirling Moss Monthlery record-breaking coupe.

One of the world’s most popular classic car events, the 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia hosts a total of 430 cars, “all of them cars of great historical and sporting prestige,” according to the event organizers.

For more about the Mille Miglia, see http://www.1000miglia.eu/

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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