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Jaguar E Type at the UK's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb (copyright image)

A Jaguar E Type V12 at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

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16th April, 2011

Jaguar’s E Type continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with an event scheduled at the UK's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.

Jaguar will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the C Type winning at Le Mans.

“This is the world’s most beautiful car” said Enzo Ferrari boss of the famous Italian car company. Which Ferrari model was he talking about? None of them. He was admiring the E Type Jaguar, which was launched 50 years ago.

A fabulous collection of Jaguars, not only E Types but all their road and racing models, right up to the present day, and in fact into the future, will feature at the unique Shelsley Walsh hill climb on 4th-5th June 2011.

Shelsley Walsh nestles in the Teme valley in Worcestershire and speed hill climbing has taken place there since 1905. It is English countryside at its most beautiful and a surprising place to see racing cars at flat out speeds.

Jaguar Heritage are expected to bring six of the most iconic cars from their museum, including C and D Types which won the famous Le Mans 24 hour race no less than five times for Jaguar. There will be a competition class for Jaguars as well as demonstrations of their most significant cars up the hill.

In addition to the Jaguar celebration, the weekend also sees a round of the British Hill Climb Championship, with cars that accelerate faster than F1 machines hitting speeds of over 140 mph.

In the car park, Jaguar and E Type clubs will have their cars on display, and leading Jaguar distributor Stratstone will be bringing the complete current Jaguar range, plus possibly some future projects.

Unlike most racing circuits, Shelsley allows you to get close to the cars and drivers in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

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About Shelsley Walsh - The oldest venue

Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905, it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. Brooklands has been and gone, but Shelsley Walsh is still there, as old as the sport but as modern as today.

Shelsley Walsh - Heart of Innovation

The venue was the first purpose built motor sport venue in history and has continued to be at the 'heart' of motor sport and sporting innovation. It featured the first electrical motor sport timekeeping and the first motor sport outside broadcast with the innovations continuing through more than 100 years of continuous improvement. Raymond Mays perfected his ERA racing cars at Shelsley in the 1930's and his later BRM's featured at Shelsley.

About the Midland Automobile Club (MAC)

Shelsley Walsh was founded by and has always been run by the MAC. The Midland Automobile Club is arguably the oldest motor club in the world, certainly the oldest still using its original name although there are a few close rivals. The club was founded by a number of prominent members of the early motor industry whilst Queen Victoria was still on the throne. The MAC is Shelsley Walsh but it is not all they do. In addition to Shelsley Walsh speed hill climbs, the MAC organises sprints, sporting trials, classic car events and social events. They feature something for every motor sport and motoring enthusiast. They are the heart of Motor Sport in the Midlands.

A Secure Future

The future of Shelsley Walsh was secured with a new 99 year lease in 2005. Work is underway renovating buildings at the base of the hill to provide improved facilities for the use of competitors, spectators and visitors alike. The first phase of the redevelopment, the Stratstone Restaurant, was opened at the start of the 2010 season.


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