Start almost any sentimental classic car enthusiast running on the subject of a favorite car and it won’t be long before they name a Jaguar. When it comes to picking a favorite, many will quickly opt for the classic, long, sweeping lines of that symbol of stylish Swinging 1960s London, the E-Type. But the more serious-minded might well opt for some of the earlier, more successful racing Jaguars, which dominated the world’s best circuits in the 1950s.
This twin road and track heritage has been well preserved by Jaguar (and some would argue so has the myth). Now all this carefully curated past is open for the world (or at least those prepared to pay) to enjoy.
Thanks to a carefully marshalled program of Jaguar heritage track days, those classic car enthusiasts can get behind the wheel of their favorite Jaguar, and even measure them against each other and against their successors from the current range.
The pick of the driving experiences is the all-day “Grace and Pace Experience” ($3,000), which involves a whole day, during which you will be driving a total of nine great Jaguars, including classics from the 1950s (with potentially both classic C-Types and D-Types on o_ er), as well as the more up-to-date XKR-S GT and F-Type R.
All the driving takes place on a specially prepared private test facility, with instructors and experts on hand to help you get the most from the day. If you can tear yourself away from the track, lunch is an (almost) equally enjoyable, luxurious a_ air at the nearby Orange Tree restaurant. Learn your skills here, then sign up for the Heritage Challenge race series.