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Jaguar E-Type Club - Round Britain Coastal Drive

Nik and I (Harry) joined the Jaguar E-Type Club Round Britain Coastal Drive for the final leg from Folkestone to Goodwood. This wonderful event was the brain child of Philip Porter and has been organised to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. Please click here for more information and to donate.

This was the second stage that the Twyford Moors team has taken part in and our E-Type has proved itself more than up to the challenge. The E-Type in question has been in storage for a number of years and was hurriedly recommissioned especially for the event. It first hit the road just before the Goodwood Revival and was used over that weekend to test it and, but for rear suspension (which has definitely seen better days) and a total lack of water-tightness, she performed well.

The first stage, nearly three weeks ago, from Goodwood to Lyme Regis saw several other issues identified with the E-Type on a longer run. Despite these problems the car managed the trip and with these resolved it was ready for the final stage.

We drove down to Folkestone the day before the final stage to meet the rally. The drive down, in pleasant sunshine through the back roads of Kent, was uneventful but upon arrival at our destination things went a little wrong. The start point for the final stage was at the beautiful Lympne Wild Animal Park. This is a wonderful place and I would love to go back with more time and visit the park and hotel properly. Many of the competitors had booked into the wonderful old manner house but they had run out of room so, unbeknownst to me, we had been booked into a “glamping pod”. This in and of itself wouldn’t have been a problem however this particular pod, though perfectly pleasant, was less “glam” and more “ping”. The long and the short being that there was no bedding or towels provided. After a brief discussion of sleeping under coats, which was quickly ruled out, a dash down the M20 to a nearby supermarket allowed us to purchase everything we would need to survive the night.

Unconventional accommodation aside, a pleasant evening was spent in company of other E-Type RBCD entrants and it quickly became clear how much everyone has enjoyed this event (whether they did one stage or all eighteen). Discussions quickly turned to the possibility of the event running in the future and it certainly sounds like it will be. Hopefully for XKs next year so we hope to see many Twyford Moors XKs out there!

An early start the next morning saw seventy E-Types of all shapes and forms arrives at the hill top carpark with theoretically wonderful views across the Kent countryside. Unfortunately the weather was setting in and although it wasn’t raining the views were somewhat obscured. Never mind though, who needs rolling countryside to look at when you have this many E-Types to inspect and interesting owners to chat to. At this point the group split, the hard-core, including Philip Porter in CRY, taking the costal route sticking strictly to the rally plan and another group splitting off to visit the wonderful CKL workshops.

We opted to visit the CKL workshop where we all received a very warm welcome and a guided tour courtesy of Chris Keith-Lucas. What a wonderful place and much like our workshop you could spend hours looking around, unfortunately we didn’t have hours as we had to be at Goodwood ready to go on track at midday.

At 9:45 we set out to head back to the coast and along to Goodwood. Time was pressing and what had been light misty drizzle earlier was now heavy rain resulting in poor visibility and very slippery road surfaces. Did I mention that our E-Type has only just been put back on the road and its water-tightness left much to be desired? Also did I mention that we had to be at Goodwood in just over two hours driving though one of the most congested parts of the UK? Next time I’m doing the North Wales section!

With slightly damp knees, which seemed to be a common theme amongst E-Type owners, we made our way for as long as we could along the costal route but it eventually became clear that if we were to make it to Goodwood on time we would have to cut and run on the A27. Leaving the interesting roads behind we made good progress until getting to the notorious Worthing bypass where we hit heavy traffic but I am pleased to report that at this point the weather had blown over, the sun was out and we didn’t see a single overheated E-Type.

An uneventful drive later we made it to Goodwood at exactly midday. It was fantastic to see so many E-Types there, the weather was good and it being the end of the rally a very jolly atmosphere prevailed. A very slow but enjoyable procession around the motor circuit marked the end of the event and we were honoured to be right up the front, just a couple of cars behind Philip in CRY, the SNG Barratt E-Type and Ross Brawn.

After a lovely speech from Philip we all set off for lunch at the White Horse in Chilgrove. This took in one of my very favourite driving roads on which we were leading (having unrivalled knowledge of the local pubs) a long procession of E-Types. I really must take my hat off to the lovely staff at the White Horse! The meal was exquisite, which is quite an achievement when catering for so many people and the staff were attentive and charming. If you ever need a pub with good food, beer and enough room to park fifty classic car then look no further.

So congratulations to Philip Porter and the two other entrants who completed all eighteen stages, well done to everyone who entered and supported this wonderful event and thank you so much to Louise Gibbs, Julie Porter and the rest of the E-Type Club team who made this amazing event happed. Most importantly don’t forget this was all done to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK so please do click here and donate.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster - Twyford MoorsTwyford Moors E-Type ready to go

Lympne glamphine podVery attractive Glamping pod

Glamping Pod insideThis photo of the inside of the Glamping pod showed it with bedding and towels... Always read the small print!

Duvets purchased from SupermarketEmergency duvets purchased

E-Types gather for the final stage of the rallyE-Types starting to gather

Jaguar E-Type S1 S2 S3 gathered at GoodwoodJaguar E-Types gathering at Goodwood

Jaguar E-Type Coupé at GoodwoodMore Jaguars at Goodwood

Philip Porter, Julie Porter and Louise Gibbs with 848 CRYPhilip, Julie and Louise with 848 CRY

A row of E-Types waiting to get on track at GoodwoodWaiting to go on track at Goodwood

Heading out onto the track at GoodwoodMost of the photos of us on track are rather blurry. Next time Nik can drive as his photographic skills leave much to be desired!

E-Types heading through the chicane at GoodwoodPost lap drive around Goodwood

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