Morse Jag to do a lap of Britain

| 19 Dec 2011

The Jaguar Mk2 made famous by the Inspector Morse TV series is among the entries for RB12, a 2500-mile, 10-day marathon for cars, boats and aircraft that starts on 21 June.

Starting and finishing at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events, it will be the first time 50 cars, 50 boats and 50 aircraft will simultaneously compete in a 10-leg circumnavigation of Britain’s coastline.

The 1960 example was driven by the late John Thaw CBE in all 33 episodes of the popular detective series, even though the character drove a Lancia in Colin Dexter's books.

To be piloted by owner Philip Greader and co-driver Joanna Lambert-Smith, the Jaguar will be one of a maximum of 15 entries to participate in the Classic class, one of six categories within the "land" element, which caters for 1931-1970 cars.

"I’m really looking forward to RB12, it will be a thrill to drive the car made famous by Inspector Morse around 2500 miles of Britain’s coastline," said Greader. "I hope it will provide pleasure to the many thousands of Morse fans in the UK."

The five other classes include Vintage (Pre 1931 motor cars), Luxury (Post 1971 motor cars) and SUV (21st Century large SUV/4x4 motor vehicles) categories, with entries limited to a maximum of 10. The remaining two classes Supercar (21st Century two-seat, 400+bhp sports cars) and Green (21st Century EV, HEV, PHEV and Low CO₂ ICE motor cars) will allow 15 in each class.