Posted on: 1st Aug 2011
Haynes annual summer exhibition was officially opened on the 27th July by Norman Dewis the Jaguar legend, test driver extraordinaire who during his career tested and developed 25 Jaguar models including the C, D and E-Types. At the lunch time opening celebration the Museum also received a prestigious award presented by Janet Uttley from Visit England for the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS).
The E-Type exhibition runs until Sunday 11th September and celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic motor cars of all time the E Type Jaguar. The display places the E Type in context with the development of Jaguar sports cars throughout its 50 year history. Starting from the original Jaguar the SS100, the exhibition charts the story of the E Type right up to the last car in which Jaguar founder William Lyons had a direct hand, the XJS which some say was the E Type replacement.
Visitors to the Haynes International Motor Museum have only a few more weeks to feast their eyes on the museum’s latest special 50 Years of E Type Excellence exhibition. Highlight of the exhibition is Duncan Hamilton’s C Type, the oldest surviving C Type in the world which features in this line up of ultra rare Jaguars. Heading the E types is chassis number one and the first E type to be sold which went Lofty England, manager of Jaguar’s sports car racing team of the 1950’s. Lofty went on to become Chairman and Chief Executive of Jaguar Cars before retiring in 1974.
Curatorial Director Micheal Penn said “We specialise in bringing people into contact with the authentic article which no amount of computer power can recreate on screen. This really is a very rare opportunity to see these cars which are normally held in private collections.” So do not miss this chance to experience real motoring history, it is highly unlikely that these cars will be seen together in one place again. Some of the cars featured in the display will be taking part in historic races and rallies during the summer. Visitors are advised if they have a specific car they wish to see, to check the museum to ensure their favourite is on display before visiting.