Six Works-Supported Jaguars to take Part in 2009 Mille Miglia
Jaguar Cars and the Jaguar Heritage Trust are supporting no less than six historic Jaguars at the 2009 Mille Miglia. This will mark the largest number of works-supported Jaguar vehicles to ever take part in the Mille Miglia.
In addition to the Jaguar-supported works vehicles, there are sixteen other Jaguars from around the world competing with the 355 other cars in the historic event. “We wanted to create a proper ‘works team.’ We are sending our long nose D-type, our C-type which actually took part in the Mille Miglia in 1953, and we are supporting three other C-types and a Mark VII Saloon,” said Tony O’Keeffe, the works manager at Jaguar Heritage. “We will also have a Jaguar legend with us- Norman Dewis.”
Norman Dewis is a former Jaguar test development driver who navigated for Stirling Moss in the 1952 Mille Miglia. That particular event ended with Dewis and Moss’ C-type crashing on the Raticosa Pass only 123 miles from the finish line while the team was in third place.
Dewis, now 88, commented on his return to the event: “It will be history repeating itself. In 1952, 57 years ago, we drove the C-type I competed in that year, and a Mark VII support car, all the way from Coventry to Brescia, and this year will create the atmosphere I remember so well.”
Jaguar has a long history with the Mille Miglia. In 1950, four works-prepared XK120s ran in the Mille Miglia. A year later in 1951, Stirling Moss competed in a similar car. Jaguar is using the 2009 Mille Miglia to help showcase its history with the event and its newest products with a fleet of XFR and XKR support vehicles.
The 2009 Mille Miglia takes place from May 13-17 and is a great opportunity to see some incredible historic cars (if you happen to be in Europe at the time).
Photo Credit: Bob Berry, “On the way to the 1952 Mille Miglia”