E-Type to Take Part in Nurburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix

The current award-winning XF, XK and XJ are beautiful, striking cars, but when you ask people what their favorite Jaguar model is, they’re probably going to say it’s the E-Type. The British carmaker has always been proud of its heritage so it comes as no surprise they want to do as much as possible for the iconic model’s 50th birthday.

Marking a half-century since the E-Type was launched, Jaguar will take part in the Oldtimer Grand Prix held at the Nurburgring, Germany.  Former Jaguar Chief Test Driver Norman Dewis set off for the event from the Jaguar Heritage Museum in Coventry in a 2.2-liter XF diesel with E-Type in tow to take part in one of Europe’s most recognized historic racing festivals.

The event takes place between August 12 -14, and is expected to attract over 60,000 visitors. The 39th edition of the event will see 10 races this year on the Grand Prix track with 600 driver entries spanning 20 nationalities.

"I raced a D-Type at the Oldtimer Grand Prix in the 1950s. This year is the 15th time I have been with Jaguar and it's a fantastic event. I'll be kept busy this weekend with some presentations to clubs, commentating and maybe a demonstration run. I just hope the renowned Nurburgring fog stays away," commented Dewis.

In addition, Jaguar will display some of its most prized E-Types, including the original 1961 Geneva show car and one of the last models to roll off the production line in 1975. A further 34 examples will take part in the penultimate round of the E-Type Challenge on the Grand Prix circuit with one 20-minute race taking place this Saturday and Sunday.
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