XK Jaguars do a lap around Great Britain, and for good reason

XK Jaguars from the 1950s set off on a lap around Great Britain | Jaguar XK Club photos
XK Jaguars from the 1950s set off on a lap around Great Britain | Jaguar XK Club photos

The goal was two-fold, as it is on so many classic car tours: have fun driving great cars, and raise money for a good cause.

In the case of the Jaguar XK Club, the tour was an 18-day Round Britain Coastal Drive, open to owners of the iconic 1950s sports cars. The goal was to raise at least £50,000 ($64,500) for Prostate Cancer UK.

Goals met: More than 100 classic XK vehicles took part, their occupants enjoying amazing roads and scenery and some of the best of England, Wales and Scotland, all while raising more than $82,500 for the cancer-fighting cause.

Among the sights seen
Among the sights seen

Speaking of amazing roads, the 4,000-mile trip included all of the coastal roads around Great Britain.

“With this unique event, everyone wins,” said author Philip Porter, who had the idea of the round-Britain drive while recovering from prostate cancer. “The publicity helps to raise awareness which is so vital. The funds go towards crucial research and treatment.

“And,” he added, “we have a lot of fun using the classic Jaguar XKs we are fortunate to own and we enjoy the stunning, and ever-changing, British coastal landscape.”

Porter founded the International XK Club in 1997. It now has members from more than 50 countries and operates under the mantra: No concours, no committees, and no politics. Porter has been an XK owner for more than 40 years.

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The round-Britain run was first undertaken last year by the Jaguar E-type Club, which raised enough money to provide an experimental new treatment to a prostate cancer victim who is now recovering thanks to that treatment.

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.


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