Tony O’Keefe Curator of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Museum said: “It is not often that people get the chance to see famous cars like this actually driving together. The fact that Sir Stirling will head the convoy in the famous long nose D type that won the 12 hour race at Reims in 1956 will make history in its own right.”
Sir Stirling will drive the famous Long Nose D Type Jaguar, 393 RW, from Bradford City Center, to Albion Mills, Greengates, Shipley to open Speedmaster’s new motoring conference center.
The car, which was driven at Reims by Duncan Hamilton and Ivor Beub, came sixth at the Le Mans 24-hour race, also in 1956, when it was driven by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb.
The cavalcade will also include a Jaguar C Type, NDU 289. It was the C type which brought Jaguar its first victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race. This particular car took part in the 1953 Mille Miglia and has represented Jaguar worldwide. James Hanson and his father John Hanson, the owners of Speedmaster, will drive it.
The conference center will be officially opened when Sir Stirling drives the famous D Type through a ribbon at the entrance to the new building.
Established for the nation in 1983, The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust maintains a unique collection of motor vehicles and artifacts manufactured by Jaguar Cars Limited and the many other renowned marques associated with the company. More than 160 historic vehicles form The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Collection. Many are original, just as they left the factory. Each symbolizes a significant milestone in the continuing development and growth of Jaguar Cars and associated companies.
[Source: Jaguar Heritage]