‘Big Cats’ pounce on Brands Hatch for Jaguar celebration

Mk I and XJS anniversaries to be celebrated at August festival

Jags gather at Brands Hatch

25th May, 2005

Two of the most iconic models ever built by legendary British luxury marque, Jaguar, will be celebrated at a 'Big Cat' jamboree at Brands Hatch, Kent on 13th-14th August, 2005.

The inaugural Jaguar Festival, organised by the Jaguar Enthusiast's Club, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the quintessentially British XJS and the landmark 50th birthday of the symbolic MkI.

Some 500 examples of the exquisite XJS are expected to gather at the famous Brands Hatch amphitheatre over the course of the two-day celebration.

Thanks to the efforts of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, a clutch of rare and exotic models, including a one off Daimler XJS prototype, the last XJ-S V12 cabriolet ever built and the last 4-litre XJS Celebration convertible, will be on display.

Joining the breathtakingly beautiful selection of classic machinery will be the new RD6 Coupe and R Coupe concept cars.

For racing fans, there will be a treat too, as the Trust brings the TWR Group A XJS campaigned by ex-Jaguar F1 team boss Tom Walkinshaw in the 1984 European Touring Car Championship to the event. The championship-winning car will return to the track for several demonstration laps during the lunch hour on the Sunday of the event.

Jaguar machinery features heavily in the racing content of the Festival too, with races for the Vredestein/JEC XK Championship, Soilmec/JEC Jaguar Saloon Championship, Jaguar World Monthly/Classic Spares Jaguar XJS Championship, and the Miller Oils/JEC Sportscar Championship for 1950s sportscars. A host of races for other sports and saloons is also on the bill.

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