The most beautiful race in the world

Following the “Mini Miglia” shakedown in Scotland, at the end of last month, nine classic Jaguars lined up in Brescia, Italy for the start of the Mille Miglia – an event once described as “the most beautiful race in the world”.

Jaguar Mille Miglia 2015

In the year that Jaguar celebrates its 80th anniversary, the official Jaguar Heritage team consisted of three Jaguar C-types, three D-types, two XK120s and an XK140 driven by famous faces from the world of motorsport, TV and music.

The nine Jaguar entries ran smoothly throughout the gruelling four-day event. Driven by the likes of supermodel David Gandy, model and TV presenter Jodie Kidd, and musician Elliot Gleave - better known as Example.

"It's a huge privilege to be part of that car's history - because it's made even more history now, being part of the Mille Miglia,” enthused Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, who was driving an Ecurie Ecosse D-type.

“This year's drive was pure enjoyment for me, pure exhilaration,” Callum continued. “This event is amazing - it gives you a unique feeling for what the car is about. It underlines exactly what the Jaguar brand is all about."

TV chef and renowned car collector James Martin drove a Jaguar Heritage D-type with adventurer Charley Boorman. "You feel elated at the end,” Martin said at the finish. “It's just the most amazing feeling. I've been through the turmoil and the heartache of not finishing the Mille Miglia so to be able to cross that line...I'm a tough Yorkshire farmer, but I had tears in my eyes!"
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