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Biggest E-type Jaguar birthday party at the Silverstone ClassicIn celebration of the golden anniversary of Britain’s best-loved sports car, the Silverstone Classic was a mecca for the E-type Jaguar (Saturday 23 July). The whole Silverstone Classic weekend had a strong E-type element, as the event marked the car’s official 50th birthday celebration for the leading Jaguar clubs. Indeed, the date of the Classic tied in perfectly with the E-type story, as the first UK customer car was delivered in July 1961. In the leading 50th anniversary event for the iconic sports car, over 1000 E-types were on site and, on Saturday, more than 800 took part in a special parade on the full 3.6-mile Grand Prix circuit, forming a mammoth E-type traffic jam. The final number of cars in the parade has been notified to Guinness World Records and the outcome will be confirmed shortly. Supporting the headlining E-type activities, thousands of classic cars from hundreds of marques packed into Silverstone, with many other Jaguars on show including C-types, D-types, XK120s, XK140s, XK150s and more recent performance models like the XKR. On the track, a record grid of 52 racing E-types contested a round of the E-type Challenge, the special race series created for 2011 to mark the anniversary year. The race was won by Jon Minshaw with a classy performance to stay ahead of Alex Buncombe and Graeme Dodd. “This weekend has been a fantastic celebration of the E-type,” said Event Director, Nick Wigley. “Cars from all over the world have come to Silverstone to make the Silverstone Classic the biggest and best anniversary event for the E-type.”Tags:, ,