The racing E-type Jaguar emerged from the ambition of both the racing fraternity and Jaguar enthusiasts who wanted to take this iconic British sports car onto the track to see what it would do. With official (and sometimes unofficial) help from the factory, the E-type was continually developed and modified from almost the first week that the first production car left the factory. Recognised the world over, this beautiful aerodynamic car remains as popular today as it was in the 1960s.
This fascinating book features period photographs and stories from the E-type's early racing days, describes how the cars evolved, and gives details of the lightweights, semi-lightweights and factory specials, the Le Mans cars, the Modsports era, and the replica lightweight racing phenomena. The detailed appendices include lists of cars and drivers, book and magazine references.
As the only book in its field to cover every aspect of the E-type's competitive history from 1961 until the present day, the author redresses the balance to detail the 95% of cars usually overlooked. The reader will find hundreds of previously unseen photographs and new information, providing an invaluable source of material for anyone interested in this incredible sports car.
Peter is a retired chartered accountant with a lifelong passion for Jaguar motorcars - especially the E-type. He had his first Jaguar at the age of 18 and has owned nearly every model since, including several racing E-types. He was the Treasurer/Director of the Jaguar Drivers Club in the 1980s, as well as acting on the Events and Social Committee, and E-type register. He served as a race official at many Jaguar Club race meetings, and has written several articles for THE JAGUAR ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE, making him well-positioned to know first-hand the cars he has written about in this book.
Forward * Introduction * Originality, Traceability and Values. * How cars have evolved * Early racing * Lightweights , semi Lightweights and Specials * The Magnificent Seven * The Le mans Cars * Modsports * E-Type challenge and the new Lightweights * E-types in rallying APPENDICES * The Cars .. a list of registration numbers * Cars with no registrations * List of drivers * Magazines with racing E-type articles * Magazine articles reproduced * Toys and Models * Suggested reading * Useful websites * Copies of race programs .... Covers and E-type grids