- JD Classics prepares and supports Jaguar Heritage Racing in 2013 Mille Miglia
- Famous Driver/Navigator line-up from motor racing, fashion, film and sport
- Five “works” and four JD Classics entries reach the finish line without fault
Maldon, Essex: The JD Classics supported Jaguar Heritage Racing team has successfully completed the 2013 Mille Miglia. An all-star driver/navigator line-up from motor racing, fashion, film and sport each covered 1000 miles in three days of magnificent but challenging Brescia-Rome-Brescia road routes in five iconic classic Jaguars.
Amid a field of over 400 cars, a selection of exceptional Jaguars was prepared and loaned to Jaguar Heritage Racing by JD Classics. Consisting of C-types and XK120s, the chosen crews included Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andy Wallace and Sir Chris Hoy (XK120), supermodels David Gandy and Yasmin Le Bon (XK120), Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Jim Gianopolus and three-times Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis (XK120), Director of Jaguar Land Rover Europe Bernard Kuhnt and German actress Hannah Herzsprung (C-type).
Fronting this exciting entry list was Jaguar Heritage Racing’s works driver Alex Buncombe and motoring journalist Chris Harris in the ex-Juan Manuel Fangio C-type.
Each Jaguar Heritage Racing entry was prepared in-house at leading classic car specialist JD Classics’ purpose-built Maldon facility and its specialist team provided full event support for each of the respective crews, particularly the XK120 of David Gandy and Yasmin Le Bon after another competitor forced it off the road.
Also benefitting from JD Classics’ expert preparation and event support was an array of non-Jaguar customer machinery. This included the Lincoln Capri of Jeff Lotman and Brian Grozier, Austin Healey 100S of Keith Roberts and Rob Pinchbeck, Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead of Lindsay Cooper and Alan Morrison, as well as the Cooper Jaguar T33 driven by JD Classics’ Managing Director Derek Hood and Race Team Manager Steve Riedling.
Exhilarated yet sleep deprived, all five works and four privateer entries reached the finish line in Brescia having successfully completed a celebration of ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Race’ – each undertaking 1000 miles of some of Italy’s most demanding roads.
Derek Hood, Managing Director, commented: “I was very proud to build on the success we had last year with Jaguar Heritage Racing. It’s a real honour to represent and support Jaguar Heritage at this iconic event. I am also pleased to report that all of our cars and their crews finished this demanding 1000 mile journey, which is a fantastic achievement in itself.”
JD Classics Supported entries:
- Ex-Fangio Bronze C-Type ’70 XVK’ (Alex Buncombe & Chris Harris)
- Green C-Type ‘NDU 289’ (Bernard Kuhnt & Hannah Herzsprung)
- XK120 ‘OOF’ (Daniel Day-Lewis & Jim Gianopulos)
- Ex-Salvadori XK120 ‘HBC’ (David Gandy & Yasmin Le Bon)
- XK120 ‘LOB’ (Andy Wallace & Sir Chris Hoy)
- Lincoln Capri (Jeff Lotman & Brian Grozier)
- Cooper Jaguar T33 (Derek Hood & Steve Riedling)
- Austin Healey 100S (Keith Roberts & Rob Pinchbeck)
- Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead (Lindsay Cooper & Alan Morrison)
JD Classics is one of the leading classic car companies and is based in Essex, England. Formed in the late 1980s, JD Classics now uses a team of 35 specialists who restore, race and sell classic cars to clients worldwide. Amongst its portfolio, JD Classics works with Jaguar Heritage Racing and is the official works factory race team.