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