The sensational star of the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the iconic Jaguar XK 120 celebrates 70 glorious years in 2018.
“It is our intention to celebrate this landmark in suitable style,” says motoring author, publisher and XK Club founder, Philip Porter.
As the XK engine was massively successful in motor racing, taking the charismatic C-types and D-types to five Le Mans wins in the ’50s, motor sport will be a strong theme at XK70.
The latest drivers to confirm their attendance are Peter Sutcliffe, who very successfully raced a D-type and Lightweight E-type in period, and the famous Le Mans duo of Lumsden and Sargent. All three Peters were the last of an era when privateers could still go motor racing at the highest levels.
Coming over from Finland will be Sami Klat, the legendary research engineer who developed Peter Lumsden and Peter Sargent’s amazing Low Drag Lightweight E which ran at Le Mans in 1964. Appropriately, the car will also be at Shelsley, as will the owner who is travelling over especially from New York.
“We had 600 XKs at our XK60 event in 2008. Our aim is to exceed that and reach 700 for XK70,” states Porter. All XK 120s, 140s and 150s are eligible, together with their derivatives the C-types and D-types, plus XK-engined cars and all Jaguar sports cars.
“I know how successful XK60 was,” says Peter Sargent, “and XK70 looks to be even better!”