It’s going to be an incredible sight when, for the first time since 1956, works-supported Jaguar C- and D-types will compete around the world at venues including the Nürburgring. The famous track will form part of the season-long program that will also see Jaguar Heritage Racing support additional events such as the Mille Miglia, Pebble Beach Concours, and each round of the E-type challenge in the UK.
"Advanced engineering is part of our heritage,” said Adrian Hallmark from Jaguar. “2012 sees the 60th anniversary of Jaguar's development of the disc brake for automotive use, and ten years since we introduced aerospace-inspired aluminum monocoque technology to the modern range. Forward looking design is part of our heritage. The C-X16 concept pushes the boundaries today just as much as the SS Jaguar 100 did in 1935. And racing is very much part of our heritage also – which is why we’ve launched the Jaguar Heritage Racing program that will see Jaguar C- and D-types in competitive action."
The first event for Jaguar Heritage Racing will be at the 2012 Mille Miglia retrospective in May. This year's running has particular significance as it marks 60 years since Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis (then Jaguar's chief development driver) took the start in the first disc-brake equipped C-type. Later that same year, Sir Stirling Moss recorded the first win for a disc-braked car when he drove another C-type to victory at Reims, paving the way for the wide-scale use of the technology that we take for granted today.
In August, the Jaguar Heritage Racing team will be in competitive action at the AVD Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix on the infamous Nordschleife, which is regarded as one of the toughest tracks in the world.
From Germany, the team will head back to Britain for the Goodwood Revival in September. The undisputed jewel in the crown of the historic motor racing calendar, the Revival provides a dazzling backdrop of nostalgia for an equally dazzling array of competitive action in which the Jaguar Heritage Racing C- and D-type will play their part.
The Jaguar Heritage Racing program is operated and managed by JD Classics in Maldon, Essex. The company will prepare both the C- and D-type Jaguars, and have responsibility for all race-day activities.
The Jaguar Heritage Racing program will supplement the activities of Jaguar Heritage – a charitable trust and custodian of an extensive collection of priceless Jaguar's, including the unique XJ13 prototype. These heritage cars, unlike the racecars, are not raced competitively on-track, but will continue to be exhibited – and demonstrated – at events during 2012.
It’s also been announced that CNN will be the Global Media Partner for Jaguar Heritage Racing. Frequent reports and results will be generated by the network in the form of 30- and 60-second updates. Created by CNN ad-sales’ creative agency, TCP, the items will appear in commercial airtime across the CNN global network, which is viewed in 255 million households and hotel rooms across the world.
A Jaguar Heritage feature page on CNN.com will also contain films and images from the events, results and background information on Jaguar’s heritage and racing pedigree.