A group of 16 Jensen Interceptors and FFs gathered at Le Touquet airport in France last week at the end of a 2000-mile trek across Europe.
Organised by Shaun Winfield and Chris Reed of the Jensen Owners’ Club, the event celebrated the journey to the UK of the original Interceptor exactly 50 years earlier.
Most of the cars originated from the UK, but were joined at various points by cars from France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland, with a total of 30 examples of the marque, including a pair of C-V8s, taking part. One Interceptor was even shipped from the USA to take part and completed the entire round trip from the UK.
All the cars gathered in Turin, from where they replicated the journey of Kevin Beattie and Mike Jones, who, having picked up the prototype BEA 693C from the Vignale factory in Strada del Portone, trekked over the Alps and across France to Le Touquet before flying to Lydd and driving on to West Bromwich.
Wherever possible, the convoy followed the original route and only one of the 17 cars due at the Paris Plage airport failed to make it there. Instead of flying, the Jensen owners went on to the Eurotunnel and drove on to the club’s International meeting in Windsor where they were greeted with rapturous applause.
Full story in a forthcoming issue of C&SC