Famed Jaguars displayed at birthday party

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Visitors check out some of the cars on display at the restoration shop birthday party | Classic Motor Cars photos

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.”

The circle of famed cars restored by the workshop
Norman Dewis signs his autograph

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.

Overhead view of the cars and the crowd
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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.

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