Surtees unveils E-type model in aid of his son’s charity

| 5 Dec 2011

John Surtees unveiled an E-type-inspired sculpture that’s expected to raise £50,000 in aid of his late son Henry’s Foundation in London today.Surtees – the only driver to win the world title on both two and four wheels – was guest of honour at a ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club to celebrate the completion of Claudio Barbato’s e-Motion.The piece won restoration specialist Classic Motor Cars’ competition, held earlier this year, for an E-type-related sculpture to mark the model’s 50th anniversary and CMC’s recent restoration of the Lindner-Nöcker Lightweight.Barbato’s work was one of 50 entries submitted by students from Coventry’s School of Art and Design and was judged by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s head of design. The 21-year-old student was thrilled to have his work (below) selected: “The E-type is a car that I’ve admired my whole life so to have my design chosen was a big honour.”

Just five pieces will be made from solid aluminium, each numbered with a tag made from a piece of metal from the Lindner-Nöcker E-type.The models are expected to make around £10,000 each when they’re sold over the course of the next year, with all proceeds going to the Henry Surtees Foundation.Surtees was enthusiastic about the sculpture’s inspiration: ”Enzo Ferrari was famous for remarking that the E-type was the most beautiful car in the world and as Italy was the home of design, that comment set the seal for Jaguar design and gave it a reputation that lasted for years.” Surtees added that the piece is a fitting tribute to his son who was fatally injured in a freak accident during a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.“It’s very appropriate as Henry had a great love of cars and I remember him commenting on the E-type in particular,” he said.