Jaguar celebrates 50 years of the E-Type at Goodwood

Goodwood’s 2011 motorsport calendar will be dominated by E-Type celebrations

Goodwood’s 2011 motorsport calendar will be dominated by E-Type celebrations

British luxury car maker Jaguar will be officially celebrating two significant anniversaries at Goodwood’s popular annual motor sport events this year.

50 years of the legendary Jaguar E-Type will be honoured at both the 2011 Festival of Speed (1-3 July) and Goodwood Revival (16-18 September), as well as 60 years since the Coventry marque first triumphed in the grueling Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race.

At the Festival of Speed this summer, the E-Type’s 50th birthday will be marked with an original ‘Central Feature’ installation as a tribute to this incomparable motoring icon.

As well as the Central Feature – once more created by Gerry Judah, who has designed every memorable Festival display since 1997 – E-Types will be much in evidence at the 19th Festival of Speed. A class in the world-renowned Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance will be dedicated to variants of Jaguar’s most famous model, while the Goodwood Hill will see examples of each notable racing E-Type.

Additionally, the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s first Le Mans win will be celebrated with a class of the marque’s 24 Hours challengers. As well as the C-Types and D-Types which claimed five victories in the 1950s, Jaguar’s triumphant return to la Sarthe in the 1980s with the XJR series will also be represented, alongside examples of every other Jaguar model to compete at the 24 hour race.

Jaguar E-Types will also have a strong presence at this year’s Goodwood Revival. Saturday’s feature race at the Revival – the Fordwater Trophy – will be a 45-minute two-driver race for E-Types only. In honour of this, the official 2011 Goodwood Revival poster depicts the famous ‘4 WPD’ Noddy Coombs lightweight development E-Type racing at Goodwood.

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