If Jaguar classics are your thing then Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire could be worth a visit this Sunday 12th May for the 2019 Summer Jaguar Festival, hosted by the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club.
The iconic big cat showcase promises something for everyone and is set in the beautiful surroundings of Blenheim Palace courtyard.
A bumper selection of Jaguars from movies and TV is expected to feature a full range of vehicles from James Bond films, cult classics such as the E-Type from the Italian Job and cars from TV dramas including the Mark 1 Jaguar saloon from the hit series Endeavour. Fans of the 1970s show Minder will be excited by Arthur Daley’s very own Jaguar XJ6 as used in the TV classic, a car that has rarely been seen since filming ceased.
Another legendary jaguar that’s sure to lure enthusiasts and drama lovers is the Jaguar Mark 2, synonymous with the exploits of TV detective Inspector Morse, which will embrace the sixty-year celebration alongside another hundred classic Jaguars from just about every era.
Blenheim Courtyard – Jaguar Enthusiasts
The Blenheim courtyard will also feature appearances from the inspirational team behind the Jaguar F Type currently racing in the British GT championship where visitors can witness the captivating story behind the Invictus Games Racing team.
A spectacular car on display is one of the four XJ220 chassis transferred from Jaguar Sport Bloxham to TWR Racing in early 1993 for the preparation and assault on the GT Class for Le Mans that year. Of the four chassis prepared, three cars entered the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1993, and this one is chassis number 004, in full 1993 Le Mans race livery.
Interviews and commentary with visiting celebrities from the Jaguar world, car owners, racing drivers and other personalities will be broadcast on a big screen sponsored by CMC Classic Motor Cars, Bridgnorth for all to enjoy throughout the day.
Furthermore, those wanting to attend but worrying that it may cause them to miss the Spanish Grand Prix will be pleased to know that the full round of the F1 race will also be shown live on the big screen from 14.00hrs, thanks to event sponsors Pirelli.
Summer Jaguar Festival Timetable:
10:00 Show Opens
10.10 Live interview features with club partners & sponsors on our Big Screen, hear from the likes of Classic Motor Cars (CMC), Meguiars, SNG Barratt, Duckhams Oil, Swallows and Hamilton Classic.
10.40 Live commentary tour of the Concours entrants and Film and TV Jaguars. Find out about the people and cars behind these stunning exhibits.
11.20 A tour of the gathered TWR celebration cars and a chat to some past TWR team members.
11.46 Spitfire fly-past (TBC)
11.50 Meet the Invictus Games Racing team drivers in the courtyard. We’ll be talking to Matt George live and hearing about how the season is going so far, for the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Sponsored F-Type entry into the British GT Championship.
12.35 Build up to the CMC Commemorative Parade. We meet the drivers, owners and cars involved in this special moment where Jaguars take to the palace parkland.
13.00 The Classic Motor Cars Ltd Commemorative Parade departs.
14.00 David Marks Seminar on the history of the Jaguar compact saloon cars in the Palace Courtyard.
14.05 Live screening of the Spanish Grand Prix courtesy of Pirelli.
15:00 Awards presentation by Mike Horlor, JEC Chairman for Concours D’ Elegance and Pride and Joy in the Blenheim Palace courtyard.
16:00 Show closes