E-type charity epic raises £50,000

E-type charity epic raises £50,000
E-type charity epic raises £50,000

4000-mile tour saw more than 200 E-types take part

Jaguar E-type enthusiasts have raised more than £50,000 for charity by taking 18 days to drive around Britain’s entire coast.

Organised by Jaguar E-type guru Philip Porter, the 4000-mile tour saw more than 200 cars take part, with star entrants including five-times Le Mans 24 Hours race winner Derek Bell and F1 legend Ross Brawn.

Porter took part himself, in his ‘Italian Job’ E-type, and said at the end he was “elated and relieved” because “it was no small challenge”.

The money has been raised for Prostate Cancer UK, an illness from which Porter himself recently recovered. The tour around the coast of Great Britain was created to raise awareness of the disease and the charity. “People have been amazingly generous and we have had a lot of fun”.

Porter said there was great camaraderie during the event as all the E-type owners were using their cars “for the good of men everywhere”. Along the way, entrants discovered endless quaint villages, smart towns and places they’ve heard of but never been to.

Derek Bell flagged off the event for the 4000-mile tour from Goodwood, with the help of Mary Sayer – she’s the daughter of Malcolm Sayer, the design legend who created the E-type. Ross Brawn turned out for the closing leg 18 days later.

So is the successful event now set to become a regular fixture in the classic car calendar? You bet, said Porter. “We will certainly be doing it again next year.”

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