Oldtimer heads to huge German race weekend

| 11 Aug 2011

It may not be Geneva in 1961, but the tireless nonagenarian Norman Dewis has set off for the continent with an E-type again (OK, this time 77 RW is on a trailer behind a shiny new XF).

Dewis was roped in to take a car to the Oldtimer Grand Prix held at the Nürburgring, Germany, this weekend, leaving from the Jaguar Heritage Museum in Coventry.

The Oldtimer Grand Prix – now in its 39th year – attracts more than 60,000 visitors to see 10 races involving 600 drivers on the famous Grand Prix circuit.

Jaguar will be there to display some of its most prized E-types includingthe original 1961 Geneva show car and one of the last models to roll off the production line in 1975.

A further 34 examples will take part in the penultimate round of the E-type Challenge on the Grand Prix circuit with one 20-minute race taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Dewis said: "I raced a D-Type at the Oldtimer Grand Prix in the 1950s. This year is the 15th time I have been with Jaguar and it's a fantastic event. I'll be kept busy this weekend with some presentations to clubs, commentating and maybe a demonstration run. I just hope the renowned Nürburgring fog stays away."