Dewis leads E-type 50th finale in London

| 16 Nov 2011

The golden anniversary celebrations for the Jaguar E-type were brought to a close last weekend with the model’s participation in London’s Lord Mayor’s Show.The original Geneva show car, 9600 HP, and the first right-hand-drive production E-type 1 VHP (C&SC, October) – driven by former chief development and test engineer, Norman Dewis – headed a parade of Jaguars through the capital from the Guildhall to the Royal Courts of Justice on 12 November.Also included was marque racer Dick Skipworth’s Ecurie Ecosse transporter, laden with the Scottish equipe’s C- and D-type racers, plus two of Jaguar’s latest models, an XKR-S and an XJ.The parade was organised by Jaguar Cars and specialist Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth as a tribute to the brand.“We wanted to mark the end of what has been an incredible year for the marque,” explained CMC Chairman Peter Neumark, “and show the history of the car as well as what is available now.”Dewis, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, was upbeat when asked how the E-type handles: “Superb – just like a beautiful lady!”