- Jaguar Heritage Racing to field ten of the marque’s most celebrated 1950s models in the 2014 Mille Miglia, from 15-18 May, including XKs, C-types and one D-type
- Famous faces from the world of entertainment, music, motor sport and fashion to drive the gruelling Mille Miglia in historic Jaguars
- Live updates from event available through Jaguar official social media channels, as well as Twitter profiles of drivers using hashtag: #JaguarMille
(Whitley, Coventry – 28/04/2014) – Jaguar Heritage Racing will be tackling the legendary Mille Miglia classic car endurance event from 15-18 May with a line-up of top-name drivers, which will be traversed over 1,000 gruelling miles from Brescia-Rome-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 their assigned historic Jaguars through Northern and Central Italy for four tough but memorable days of hard driving. Spectators enthusiastically lining the Mille Miglia route will get to see examples of historically-significant Jaguar XKs, C-types and D-types shooting past them with famous faces in the cockpits.
Leading American TV chat show host, Jaguar collector and classic car enthusiast – Jay Leno – 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.
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. 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 (Jonathan Vandenbroeck) – who will drive with Jaguar Land Rover Regional Director for Europe Bernard Kuhnt, and legendary AC/DC lead singer and car afficionado Brian Johnson. Ex-Jaguar Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace will drive the Jaguar C-type which won the 1952 Reims Grand Prix with Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.
Two motor racing greats – ex-Jaguar Le Mans and World Sports Prototype Championship winner, Formula 1 driver and SKY F1 TV pundit Martin Brundle, plus ex-Formula 1 racer Bruno Senna – will share the famous ‘Long Nose’ Jaguar D-type, the penultimate example built, registered 393 RW, as this legendary Jaguar model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.
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.
The drivers making up the Jaguar Heritage Racing team will be tweeting live throughout the event, which was famously once proclaimed as: ‘The most beautiful race in the world’. Twitter profiles to watch for the latest personal updates on the event include:
SATELLITE FEEDS: B-roll of Jaguar at the Mille Miglia event will be fed out via an APTN global video news wire (GVW) as well as BT Tower in the UK.
**GLOBAL SATELLITE FEEDS**
Date: Friday 16th May, 2014 – Jaguar Mille Miglia Day 1 B-Roll
Time: 10:45 – 10:55GMT
Time: 14:00 – 14:15GMT – refeed
BT Tower local ends available on request.
Monday 19th May, 2014 – Jaguar Mille Miglia Final B-Roll
Time: 07:00 – 07:15GMT
Time: 13:15 – 13:30GMT – refeed
BT Tower local ends available on request.
B-ROLL FOOTAGE: B-roll footage available free of charge and without copyright restriction
Anticipated shotlist includes:
- GVs Mille Miglia event
- GVs Jaguar heritage cars
- IV Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar
- IV Jay Leno, American TV chat show host and Jaguar collector
- IV Jeremy Irons, multiple award-winning British actor
- IV Example, British musician
- IV Milow, Belgian singer-songwriter
- IV Brian Johnson
- IV Bruno Senna, ex-Formula 1 racer Bruno
- IV Martin Brundle, Formula 1 driver and SKY F1 TV pundit
- IV Jodie Kidd, model and TV presenter