Jaguar preps for Italy with ‘Mini Miglia’ in Scotland

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D-type heads toward snow-covered mountains in Scottish test drive before Mille Miglia | Jaguar Heritage photos
D-type heads toward snow-covered mountains in Scottish test drive before Mille Miglia | Jaguar Heritage photos

The Mille Miglia rally runs May 14-17 in Italy and will include several cars from Jaguar Heritage, the British automaker’s historic car department. Drivers of those historic Jaguars range from a men’s fashion model to a celebrity chef to the head of Jaguar design.

To get the crews familiar with their vehicles and the nuances of the rally rules and technique, Jaguar Heritage staged a “Mini Miglia” in Scotland, starting at Loch Lomond, going north to Inveraray Castle, then south along The Rest And Be Thanksful route, which is used for the British hill climb championship.

The Mini Miglia was won by chef, TV “presenter” and car collector James Martin in the Ecurie Ecosse long-nose Jaguar D-type that was runner-up at Le Mans in 1957.

We think that, like us, you’ll enjoy the photos and the video Jaguar shared after its Mille warmup.

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.