Wednesday 1 March 2017

70 Jaguar E-type cars embark on 3,600-mile trip in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Seventy of the famous sports cars were waved off by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell at Goodwood in West Sussex
Seventy of the famous sports cars were waved off by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell at Goodwood in West Sussex

A parade of Jaguar E-type cars has set off on a 3,600-mile coastal tour of Britain to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Seventy of the famous sports cars were waved off by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell at Goodwood in West Sussex with 170 in total expected to join in during the 18-day journey.

The event has been organised by the E-type Club to raise support and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Motoring author Philip Porter, who recently recovered from prostate cancer, has organised the event and will be driving the entire route in his red E-type convertible 848 CRY, which appeared in the movie The Italian Job.

The 65-year-old said: "It's a unique event and these are very spectacular cars and we hope such a large group will get the attention of the public so we can get across the message to men to get tested early for prostate cancer.

"I had prostate cancer and I was lucky that they caught it early and I have recovered so we are urging men to not put it off and to get tested.

"We are also hoping to raise £50,000 as it is thought the medics will crack it in 10 years' time so the funds are needed now to fund that research."

The tour will take in Blackpool where Jaguar was founded as well as Cromer where E-type designer Malcolm Sayer was born.

The E-type was produced by Jaguar Cars between 1961 and 1974 and was an icon of the Swinging Sixties through their association with pop and rock stars such as George Harrison, Mick Jagger and George Best.

They were raced successfully in Le Mans and in the USA often beating main rival Ferrari with famous racers including world champions Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham and Graham Hill.

A further six lightweight E-types were hand-built by Jaguar since 2014 to the original specifications.

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