Monday, 9 June 2014

Jaguars & Cars with Jaguar Engines

In the 1950s most sports car races would contain a variety of Jaguars, or Jaguar-engined cars and some of these were in evidence at the Donington International Historic Grand Prix meeting in May 2004 at Donington Park organised by the British Racing & Sports Car Club. Below are some of the cars which I photographed at that meeting.
This is a 1954 Jaguar XK120 with the 3442cc version of the straight-6 engine. This car was entered and driven in the HGPCA Race for pre-1959 Drum-Braked Sports Cars by George Holt.
A 1952 Jaguar C-type which took part in the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship race, although the car is not shown in the programme. It's car XKC021 and may have been owned at that time by Dave Lomas. The Le Mans 24 hour race was won by Jaguar C-types in 1951 and 1953.
The car in the background is Ben Eastick's 1955 Jaguar D-type long-nose, registration number 207 RW, which also took part in the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship race, as did the car in the foreground, John Pearson's 1959 Costin-bodied Lister Jaguar. The Costin Lister was designed to be fitted with Chevrolet engines but a few used the Jaguar XK unit. Jaguar D-types won the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1955, 1956 and 1957,
This car, which took part in the 2¼ hour long Gentleman Drivers GT and Sports Endurance Race, is a 1954 HWM Jaguar. It was driven in the race by Michael Steele and Julian Bronson.
Another car which took part in the HGPCA Race for Pre-1959 Drum-Braked Sports Cars, this is the 1952 RGS Atalanta Jaguar owned by Barry Wood.

There was also a Cooper Jaguar at the meeting but I didn't get a photograph of that.


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