Auto Royale is Britain’s newest event and although a year late, could well turn out to be the best in the classic automotive calendar…
The inaugural event will take place at Waddesdon Manor, set in the Buckinghamshire countryside 16 – 18 July 2021 and embraces a blend of both global and local stars amidst a strong series of Jaguar legends.
While there are many significant milestones being celebrated this year, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons is without doubt one the most important and influential figures in British motoring history. Spearheading the company for more than 40 years, ‘Mr Jaguar’s’ prolific success, design and achievements will be marked by a special class in the British International Concours d’Elegance.
William Lyons / Jaguar XK class
The William Lyons / Jaguar XK class will celebrate the great and the good of Jaguar with a focus on the bullet-proof XK power unit which has powered the marque for more than 40 years and making it one of the most successful engines of all time.
Designed by the chief engineer, William Heynes, the XK engine was unveiled at the 1948 London Motor Show, where it was powering the new Lyons-designed XK120. Named for its top speed of 120 mph, it was the fastest production car of the time and was just the beginning of one of Britain’s greatest motorsports legacies.
Auto Royale – Waddesdon Manor
12 of the finest examples of XK-engined Jaguars will be showcased at Waddesdon Manor in July, including a number returning to Blighty after many years away. The impressive competition cars are led by the XK120 Competition (LXF 731) raced successfully by Duncan Hamilton throughout 1951, a 1951 Works Le Mans entry (AEN 546) and Le Mans’s highest-placed XK120 entry.
Other Auto Royale competition car entries include the 1952 Mille Miglia C-Type (XKC 005) which Stirling Moss later drove to victory at Reims, D-Type OKV1, famously driven to second at Le Mans by Hamilton and Rolt in 1954, and the curious 1953 XK120 “Hansgen Special”, designed and built by American racer, Walt Hansgen, to take on the mighty C-Types.
Celebrating the E-Type’s 60th anniversary will be the very first car unveiled to the media and public at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, returning to Britain for the first time in 60 years. Accompanying what is arguably the most important E-Type in the world are two Italian coach-built Jaguar XKs.
For those who’ve not yet witnessed the stunning Jaguar XK150 S Bertone up close, the styling is reminiscent of its desirable XK120 and 140 predecessors while featuring a far more contemporary late-1950s design. This particular Jaguar, S 834365, is just one of three XK150s that were sent as bare chassis to Bertone in Turin, to be bodied as prototype fixed-head coupés. This XK150 Bertone is car no. 2, and its chassis was made on August 15, 1957, then dispatched to Italy the following month. It’s the only example known to still exist, with the other two cars had apparently been unseen for decades.
The second of the Italian influenced Jaguar duo is a car that won the coveted Restoration of the Year title back in 2017. The epic 6,725-hour restoration of the one-off Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) and features unique bodywork by famed Italian design house Pininfarina.
The William Lyons / Jaguar XK Class
1950 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster
1950 Jaguar XK 120 Competition Roadster
1952 Jaguar C-Type #XK 005
1953 Jaguar XK120 “Hansgen Special”
1954 Jaguar D-Type #OKV 1
1954 Jaguar XK 120 Pininfarina Coupe
1957 Jaguar XK150 Bertone Coupe
1957 Jaguar XKSS
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Coupe
1961 Jaguar E-Type Coupe
1961 Jaguar Mark X
1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
Chief Curator, Jarrah Venables:
“Twelve months ago I don’t think we ever could have anticipated that such a display of important Jaguars might grace our concours, but thanks to a sensational bunch of entrants, here they are, from some of the most private collections, for everyone to enjoy.
“Some very careful curation has gone into this group to ensure we get exactly the right cars to honour the multiple anniversaries, so I will be interested to see the reaction from visitors when they see it.”
Auto Royale will take place at Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury from Friday 16 – 18 July 2021 and welcomes more than 100 rare and collectable cars, complemented by a motoring expo with more than 70 exhibitors, award-winning street food concessions, three bars, live entertainment and VIP hospitality.
Tickets via this link.