Big cat’s purring for Poppy Appeal
UNIQUE F- TYPE JAG COVERED IN POPPIES AND LINES FROM ‘ IN FLANDERS FIELDS’
IT’S the Jag that’s top of the poppies.
Car- maker Jaguar Land Rover has rolled out a ‘ one- of- a- kind’ F- Type to promote the Poppy Appeal.
The luxury motor has a body covered in poppies and the words of poignant poem In Flanders Fields.
Ex- servicemen Lance Corporal Chris Read, Guardsman Chris Walker, Private Dan Elliot and Lance Corporal Francis Stokes spent more than three weeks designing the unique livery.
Then the F- Type SVR was adorned with the artwork at Mission Motorsport’s workshop in Oxfordshire.
The car made its public debut last week at the Royal British Legion’s Birmingham Poppy Day, which aimed to raise £ 50,000.
More than 300 members of the Armed Forces, more than 200 volunteers, organisations from across the Midlands, Birmingham businesses and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham were out on the streets for the largest one- day street collection in the Midlands.
Now, the Jaguar will travel around JLR sites and military landmarks, including the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Its final stop will be in Anglesey, where it will be the safety car for Mission Motorsport’s annual 12- hour endurance Race of Remembrance.
As another reminder to support the Poppy Appeal, a 35- foot high version of the car has pride of place at JLR’s Castle Bromwich plant.
The F- Type, which is a landmark mounted on the side of the factory, has been revamped to mark Remembrance Sunday.
It can be seen from the nearby M6, and faces the Sentinel sculpture which depicts the spitfires Castle Bromwich was famous for building during the Second World War.
The project has been carried out in partnership with forces’ motorsport charity Mission Motorsport and the Royal British Legion.
JLR has hired more than 750 former servicemen and women since 2013, and has welcomed 29 exarmed forces personnel to its ‘ Wounded Injured Sick’ programme since 2014, 18 of whom have found employment with the motor manufacturer.
The business is also the headline partner of the annual Invictus Games, an international sporting event to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.
The F- Type in poppy livery and another version of the car mounted 35 feet high at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Castle Bromwich