FIRST E-TYPE TO BE HONOURED
Jags to retrace E1A prototype’s Welsh tyre tracks
Aselect group of Jaguars will visit the hills and valleys along the scenic B-road route between Brecon and Carmarthen in Wales on 15 July.
They will be retracing the tyre tracks of an E-type ancestor tested over the same route almost 60 years ago. This first E-type prototype, dubbed E1A, was built in 1957 and used to demonstrate all of the E-type’s notable features.
A group of Jaguar enthusiasts in Wales felt that E1A’s 60th birthday needed to be commemorated – especially as E1A was loaned to
The Motor magazine’s editor, Richard Jennings MBE, in 1958. Driving it over his favourite Brecon-Carmarthen test route, Jennings averaged an amazing 67.7mph.
The Jaguars emulating this run in 2017 – albeit at legal speeds – include 77 RW, the earliest surviving E-type roadster, currently on long-term loan to the Jaguar Heritage Trust. Owner Michael Kilgannon will be driving, with former Jaguar testdriver, Norman Dewis OBE – who tested E1A in the 1950s – in the passenger seat. Jonathan Heynes, son of Jaguar’s first chief engineer Bill Heynes, will also be present, as will James Smith of RS Panels; James owns the prototype’s remains.
Joining them are BUY 1, the exworks racing 3.4 saloon, and other cars from Jaguar’s sporting heritage. A preview video of the event will appear on www.facebook.com/ visitwales later this week, with live coverage of the start and selected other elements of the route. The Jaguars will reach Carmarthen by early afternoon, and will be on display in the town’s St Catherine’s Walk shopping centre.
Cars confirmed as taking part in the run incluse the famous Jaguar MkI racer, BUY 1 (car 12 here).