Jaguar Heritage Racing will tackle the revolutionary Mille Miglia classic car endurance event from 15th-18th May with a lineup of top name drivers, which will be traversed over 1000 grueling 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 motor sport, music and fashion celebrities will campaign their assigned historic Jaguar cars through Central and Northern 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 C-types, D-types and XKs shooting past them with famous faces in the interiors.
Jay Leno, Jaguar collector, classic car enthusiast and leading American TV chat show host, will be driving the famous ex-Sir James Scott-Douglas 1951 Jaguar XK 120 roadster, raced as part of 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, which he first met when she interviewed him for MTV.
Other significant Jaguar XK vehicles on the Mille Miglia will include the ex-Jim Swift racing XK120 roadster, which will be driven by Jeremy Irons, multiple award-winning British actor. Amy Macdonald, multi-million album selling Scottish songwriter and singer will be taking the wheel of XK140 once owned by successful British racing driver David Hobbs.
Mike Cross, Jaguar Vehicle Integrity Chief Engineer will be driving the well-known ex-Stirling Moss Monthlery record-breaking XK120 Coupe, which carries the registration LWK 707. Model-turned-TV presenter Jodie Kidd and Author David Blakeley will be sharing a stunning example of 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 be driving with Bernard Kuhnt, Jaguar Land Rover Regional Director for Europe and Brian Johnson, legendary AC/DC lead singer and car aficionado. Ex-Jaguar Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Andy Wallace will drive the Jaguar C-type which won the 1952 Reims Grand Prix with F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.
Two motor racing greats – ex-Jaguar Le Mans and World Sports Prototype Championship winner, F1 driver and SKY F1 TV pundit Martin Brundle, plus ex-Formula 1 racer Bruno Senna will be sharing 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 Coupes 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 tweet 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:
Jay Leno: @LenosGarage
Martin Brundle: @MBrundleF1
Bruno Senna: @BSenna
Jodie Kidd: @RealJodieKidd
David Blakeley: @daveblakeley
Amy Macdonald: @Amy__Macdonald
Elliot Gleave (Example): @example
Erin Gleave: @Erin_McNaught
Brian Johnson: @BrianJohnson
In addition, the British automaker will publish live updates from 14th-18th May at: www.facebook.com/Jaguar and www.twitter.com/jaguar