170mph balls of steel (or not...)

Classic Cars (UK) - - Letters -

I have just read the World’s fastest E-type ar­ti­cle (June 2017 is­sue). Among my E-type col­lec­tion, hold­ing pride of place, is the late Sy­bil Lupp’s 1962 E-type road­ster.

Sy­bil was a fa­mous New Zealand racing driver who reg­u­larly beat our best male driv­ers of the time. She was also a com­pe­tent and ac­knowl­edged Jaguar me­chanic, and owned her own deal­er­ship in Welling­ton, New Zealand.

In this par­tic­u­lar car in 1964, Sy­bil was clocked of­fi­cially at over 170mph at the Ard­more airstrip in the North Is­land of NZ. This has been recorded in sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing Racing Jaguar in

New Zealand by Brian Wat­son. I have just com­pleted a full body-off restora­tion of this very orig­i­nal car, tak­ing it back to its orig­i­nal liv­ery. It’s a won­der­ful car, and I might add that I have the ut­most re­spect for any­body who can drive a Jaguar E-type at 150mph, let alone 170-plus!

Trevor Bills

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