British restoration specialist draws big crowd to its 25-year celebration
More than 100 vintage vehicles and 2,000 people, including famed Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis, turned out for the 25th anniversary party for Classic Motor Cars, a restoration specialist in Bridgnorth Shropshire, England.
“We expected a few hundred to turn up, but members of the public and cars just kept on coming throughout the day,” said Nigel Woodward, the company’s managing director. “We were totally blown away by the support.”
Classic Motor Cars has restored some of the most significant Jaguar vehicles, many of which were featured in a circular display of 25 cars at the birthday celebration. Among them were the oldest E-type in existence, a prototype used to launch the car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Others included the D-type that finished second at Le Mans in 1954 and the Pininfarina XK 120, a roadster bodied by Pininfarina.
Also popular was Dewis, who is 98 years old and for half a decade was the chief test driver for Jaguar. Several artists displayed Jaguar-inspired work.