British athletics' golden girl Jessica Ennis fell in love with a pair of classic Jaguar E-types when she took part in a parade at the Lord Mayor's Show in London last weekend.
Booked to head a Jaguar cavalcade in Jaguar's F-type, the Olympic heptathlon champion took every opportunity to cosy up to the famous E-types that were accompanying the brand new car.
More than half a million people are estimated to have watched the parade in which 1600 RW – the fourth E-type built and the first to be sold – and the famous Daily Mail car – chassis number 24 – played a prominent part.
Both the classics were supplied for the event by Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth with managing director Nick Goldthorp driving 1600 RW through the capital.
He said: "We wanted to accompany the all-new F-TYPE with two iconic E-Types, which showed the strong historic links that exist between the two cars."
Pageantmaster Dominic Reid OBE said: "It was a great honour for us to welcome such an outstanding Olympian as Jessica Ennis to the Lord Mayor’s Show. It was wonderful how the crowd reacted to her.
He added: "It was great to see Jaguar Cars back in the parade and the new F-TYPE making its UK debut supported by two important E-Types. This was particularly poignant as my father’s E-Type was driven in the show in 1973 by Graham Hill."
While it was in London, 1600 RW also spent a week on display at the Grange St Paul's Hotel… and prompted the invention of a new cocktail, The E-Type.
Of course, now you need to know how make one, so, for the record, the cocktail is 15ml of vodka, 5ml of blue curacao, dashes of lemon juice and grenadine and then topped up with prosecco (approx 100ml).