At first glance, this 1956 video is just a great find for racing fans: Mike Hawthorn, narrating a lap around Le Mans, a camera on his Jaguar D-Type giving us driver’s-eye view. It’s fantastic to watch—but it holds subtle references to the deadliest day in motorsports history, which unfolded 60 years ago this month.
Chances are, you won't get much closer than this to either of these wonderful race cars, so enjoy these beautiful images coming straight from Goodwood Aerodrome's Hangar 8.
Jaguar Heritage Racing entered four cars into the four-day, 1,000-mile endurance rally known as the Mille Miglia. The historic fleet was supported by 30 mechanics from JD Classics while the cars themselves were driven by all sorts of celebrities and the best of Jag's own crew.
In 1958, Steve McQueen bought this Jaguar XKSS from a local TV personality who kept it parked in a studio lot on Sunset Blvd. McQueen cajoled his wife Nellie into writing a check for $5,000—today around $40,000—and became the third owner of XKSS chassis number 713, a car that had originally been imported a year…
The Jaguar E-Type is such a beautiful roadcar that it's easy to overlook it's alphabetical predecessor, the D-Type. A road-going racecar built for Le Mans, it not only looked gorgeous as well, but made a beautiful noise, too. And this short film presents both of those sensations magnificently.
The new Jaguar F-Type is one handsome car, but how good does it look next to the classic Jaguar sports cars of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s?
There we were, cruising down the Autobahn between Baden Baden and Stuttgart, when all of a sudden we came across something out of place even in the car lover's paradise that is southern Germany. Even better, the graphics showed the car was coming back from the historic Mille Milgia and the driver had the matching…
The chestnut brown 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso wasn't the only barely-disguised race car McQueen drove on public roads: there's also this canvas-topped 1956 XKSS Le Mans racer.
Old guys in polo shirts nurturing vintage Ferraris? Industry people showing off concepts which will never get built? What's the point? Not much: but it's a great way to spend a weekend in Italy.