28 April 2014
Brundle, Senna headline Jaguar line-up for Mille Miglia
Martin Brundle and Bruno Senna are just two members of a star-studded group of drivers assembled by Jaguar Heritage for the 2014 Mille Miglia.
Jaguar Heritage Racing will be tackling the legendary Mille Miglia endurance event with a line-up of top-name drivers, including F1 colour commentators Martin Brundle and Bruno Senna.
The squad will traverse more than 1000 gruelling miles from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia in ten of the most revered and sought-after historic Jaguar cars ever produced.
Household names from stage and screen, plus fashion, motor sport and music celebrities will campaign the assigned historic Jaguars for four tough days, as the spectators who enthusiastically line the route will get to see examples of historically-significant Jaguar XKs, C-types and D-types shooting past.
Former Jaguar Le Mans and World Sports Prototype Championship winner Brundle and fellow F1 refugee Senna will share the famous 'Long Nose' Jaguar D-type, the penultimate example built, registered 393 RW, as the model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.
The pair will be joined in the line-up by leading American TV chat show host, Jaguar collector and classic car enthusiast Jay Leno, who will drive the famous ex-Sir James Scott-Douglas 1951 Jaguar XK 120 roadster, raced as part of the Ecurie Ecosse team in period.
Another well-known 1951 XK 120 roadster – the ex-Duncan Hamilton racer registered LXF 731 – will be shared by husband and wife team, Elliot and Erin Gleave. Elliot is better known as successful British musician Example, with his wife Erin being the Australian TV presenter that he first met when she interviewed him for MTV.
Other significant Jaguar XK models on the Mille Miglia will include the ex-Jim Swift racing XK120 roadster, which will be driven by multiple award-winning British actor Jeremy Irons. Multi-million album selling Scottish singer and songwriter Amy Macdonald will take the wheel of an XK140 once owned by successful British racing driver David Hobbs.
Jaguar Vehicle Integrity chief engineer Mike Cross will drive the well-known ex-Stirling Moss Monthlery record-breaking XK120 Coupé, which carries the registration LWK 707, while author David Blakeley and model-turned-TV presenter Jodie Kidd will share a stunning example of the Jaguar XK120, which was driven by Oscar-winning actor Daniel-Day Lewis in the 2013 event.
Jaguar Heritage Racing is also entering three famous C-type racing cars, to be driven by celebrities as diverse as Belgian singer-songwriter 'Milow' and AC/DC lead singer and car aficionado Brian Johnson, while ex-Jaguar Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace will drive the Jaguar C-type which won the 1952 Reims Grand Prix with F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.
A number of new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupés will support the Jaguar Heritage Racing team, following the full Mille Miglia route through Italy with broadcast crews and VIP guests.
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