Jaguar at Goodwood Revival 2011
Posted on 17 September 2011
In glorious sunshine, the Goodwood Revival opened today with an array of pre-1966 Jaguars playing a key role.
On static display and racing in anger on the challenging Goodwood Motor Circuit, vehicles ranging from the elegant SS100 right up to the rare E-type Lightweight models celebrated Jaguar’s sports car heritage in style.
A thrilling practice session took place ahead of the E-type race tomorrow. Comprising a grid of some 30 examples of the E-type, the session saw a hard-fought battle between the Lightweight shared by Gerhard Berger and Adrian Newey and the E-type (also a Lightweight) of Emanuele Pirro and Desiré Wilson to claim pole. Despite the substantial value of the E-types taking part the speed was incredible with a time of 1-minute 24-seconds and 102.2 mph being recorded by the pole car.
Tony O’Keefe, Curator at Jaguar Heritage, commented: ‘It’s been an incredible first day at the Goodwood Revival – a truly unique event and a fitting place to celebrate 50-years of the E-type. I’m grateful for the support shown by private owners in entering their valuable cars in the races as well as putting them on display – Jaguar has a wonderful heritage, kept alive by the enthusiasm and passion of the owners.’
The weekend will see and estimated 140,000 people attend the Goodwood Revival, the majority of whom will enter into the spirit of the event, dressing in period clothing and arriving in vintage cars of their own. As well as classic cars, motorcycles and aircraft from the era are on display and in action at the Revival which runs through to Sunday, September 18