Interceptors recreate prototype run
Jensen owners from across Europe have used their Interceptors to retrace the prototype’s 1000-mile journey from Italy to England.
Cars from Britain, Germany, Austria and even the USA joined in the 50th anniversary recreation of the first car’s run from Vignale’s factory in Turin to Le Touquet Airport in France, where it was then flown to Lydd in Kent for the final run to the West Bromwich plant.
The run included stops at Turin’s National Motor Museum. Run coordinator Shaun Winfield says 30 Interceptors took part. ‘It took us four years to organise it, but the trip was well worth it,’ he says. ‘We even mocked up one car as the long-gone prototype, BEA 693C, for a commemorative photoshoot.’
The club is now organising a massive Interceptor and FF weekend on Sunday 25 September, which it plans to be the biggest ever display of the two models.
Other models built by Jensen – including the Volvo P1800 – will also be welcome at the one-day exhibition at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The anniversary run’s calling points include Le Torquet Airport, from where the Interceptor prototype was flown across the Channel to Kent.