Clas­sics head­ing for Mille Miglia

His­toric Jaguars worth mil­lions of pounds pi­loted by a team of celebs were in Scot­land last week to get ready for next month’s Mille Miglia event.

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Fa­mous faces from mo­tor sport, fash­ion, de­sign and en­ter­tain­ment were based at Cameron House, Loch Lomond to get to know the priceless Jaguars they will be driv­ing in Italy in a few weeks time. Among the celebs was for­mer Dolce and Ga­banna model David Gandy, who now works in the me­dia, and he will be part­nered with TV pre­sen­ter and for­mer su­per­model Jodie Kidd to make a glam­orous pair­ing in an XK120. Jaguar de­sign direc­tor Scot Ian Cal­lum, a vet­eran of the Mille Miglia com­pleted the event last year with Jay Leno and this year will part­ner busi­ness mag­nate and clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast Clive Beecham. TV chef James Martin will be part­nered with Bre­mont watch founder Nick English in a D-type, while his brother Giles English will share a cock­pit with Charley Boor­man best known for his two-wheel ex­ploits with Scots ac­tor Ewan McGre­gor. Also on the event will be El­liot Gleave, oth­er­wise known as mu­si­cian Ex­am­ple who will share the driv­ing with his fa­ther Michael in an XK140. Five- time Le Mans 24hr win­ner and world sportscar vet­eran Derek Bell will make his de­but on the event driv­ing a C-type and will be part­nered by art col­lec­tor Adam Lin­de­mann. The main event runs from May 14-17 and Jaguar will also use it to show­case its new XE sa­loon – they will be used as sup­port ve­hi­cles for the Her­itage Rac­ing Team through­out the event. Jaguar Her­itage rac­ing will be field­ing ten of the marque’s fa­mous cars from the 1950s in the event, some of them worth mil­lions, which runs for four pun­ish­ing days start­ing in Bres­cia, head­ing to Ri­mini, Rome and Parma be­fore re­turn­ing back to Bres­cia. Thou­sands line the route to see his­toric cars with fa­mous faces in the cock­pits flash­ing past and the Jags will con­sist of three C-types, three D-types, two XK120s, an XK140 and a MKV11. The orig­i­nal Mille Miglia ran from 1927-1957 and was fa­mously won by Sir Stir­ling Moss in 1955. Af­ter nu­mer­ous crashes and deaths it was fi­nally deemed too danger­ous and banned but was res­ur­rected in 1977 as a reg­u­la­tion rally event for clas­sics.

I was lucky enough to be asked along for the trial day and got to drive a fab­u­lous white XK 120.

The weather was not kind to us but it was still a su­perb ex­pe­ri­ence and the XK 120 was su­perb.

The cock­pit was cramped and steer­ing and brak­ing hard work but the won­der­ful noise from the straight six made up for it all.

It was sur­pris­ingly quick when you hit the sweet spot at around 3000 revs and you re­ally had to work the four-speed box to get the best out of it.

The drive to and from In­ver­aray Cas­tle was a joy – even in the pour­ing rain – and in­cluded a cou­ple of spe­cial stages on the old Rest And Be Thank­ful.

At the end of the day our car fin­ished in fourth spot – a great re­sult since it was our first at­tempt in this type of com­petion.

You can still buy a good XK120 for about £150,000 – Dear Santa!

Stunning some of the cars on this grid are worth over £5 mil­lion

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