Demonstration runs by three of Jaguar’s legendary Group C cars, including the 1987 Championship-winning XJR-8, will highlight the XK70 Festival at Shelsley Walsh on June 9-10. The event celebrates 70 years since the introduction of the groundbreaking XK120 (above, Pete Austin photo), and the organizers are hoping to attract a record-breaking 700 XKs from around the world to the historic venue, including those rare examples that were re-bodied in period by some of the world’s finest coachbuilders, firms such as Ghia and Bertone.
Also welcome are all other XK-engined Jaguars, including the Mk1 and Mk2, E-Type and XJ6, plus more recent models such as the XK8 and F-Type. Among the personalities scheduled to attend is Sir John Egan, former Jaguar Chairman and author of the best-selling book Saving Jaguar. Le Mans winner Richard Attwood will also be there, as will former Jaguar racers Peter Sutcliffe and Peter Sargent, and the evergreen Norman Dewis.
Entries are now open for the competitive hillclimb, which will take place on the Saturday, while Sunday will be packed with memorable parades and demonstration runs — including the chance for enthusiasts to drive their own car up the hill.
Overhead, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will stage a fly-past, while a vintage fairground, shopping village and live music will keep all members of the family entertained.
Discounted advance tickets start at £20, with under-16s getting in free when accompanied by an adult. VIP packages are also available.
For more information, please visit www.xk70.co.uk