The Lindner Lightweight E-type, Lofty England’s E-type Roadster – the fourth ever built – and the first right-hand-drive fixed head coupé have all been confirmed to take part in The E-type Club’s Round Britain Coastal Drive, which kicks off on 12 September.
The famous E-types will join organiser Philip Porter’s Geneva launch car on a tour of Britain’s coast to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, with each featuring along the route. Nearly 100 other cars are also set to take part, with entrants coming from as far afield as the United States and mainland Europe.
Five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell will flag the cars off at Goodwood, while a number of famous names will take to the wheel during the course of the event, including Michael Quinn, grandson of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons, and Adrian Hamilton, son of Le Mans winner Duncan Hamilton.
Three owners are expected to complete all 18 180-mile stages of the rally, including the furthest travelled competitor from the USA.
“It is just fabulous the way so many good friends are supporting us,” said rally organiser Philip Porter. “This cause is so important for men everywhere and, between us, we should really raise awareness and funds. This is the classic car world doing something constructive for society.”
James Beeby, director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said: “We are so excited for the first E-type Round Britain Coastal Drive in support of Prostate Cancer UK. I would like to thank Philip Porter for organising this fantastic event and to everyone who is already gearing up to take part in September. One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and the disease kills one man every hour. This drive will not only help to raise vital funds to help beat the disease, but will hopefully raise a lot of awareness on route too.”