Jaguar XJ13 to make its debut ..

at the Bradford Classic Jump on a Vintage bus and follow it down to Speedmaster.

Motoring fans will be able to enjoy a rare treat at this year’s Bradford Classic, when the Jaguar Xj13 from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Collection will appear at the show in Centenary Square, before been driven through the streets of Bradford to the Speedmaster conference centre.

Built as a potential Le Mans contender, the Jaguar Xj13 with its unique 502bhp, 5-litre V12 engine never competed in any race. Its development inevitably had to take second place to that of the much more important new saloon car, which became the XJ6, launched in 1968. By the time XJ13 was completed, its design had become obsolete against new cars such as Ferrari and Ford. The Le Mans regulations were changing, and prototype cars were limited to engines of 3 litres. To run cars with larger engines, manufacturers had to build fifty examples as production cars.

Tony O’Keeffe Curator of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Museum said: “This is the only Xj13 in existence. It is not often that people get the chance to see such a famous car. The fact that it will be driving through the streets of Bradford will make history in itself.”

Bradford’s Classic car weekend will once again be held in Centenary Square. The show will be held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th July and it is being billed as ‘One weekend, two great car events’ Eighty traditional classic cars will be on display on Saturday 19th July with a strong showing of Bradford’s own Jowett cars.

Classic cars with a competition or performance pedigree will be displayed on Sunday 20th July and will include Rally cars, Super cars and Formula 1 cars. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations of precision driving from world famous precision driver Russ Smith, Motorcycling stunts from Dave Coates and an Autotest competition organised by the Ilkley & District Motor Club.

Motoring enthusiasts will be invited to take a trip on a vintage bus and travel to Europe’s first-ever purpose built motoring themed conference centre. A bus will run every half an hour between 10am and 3.30pm on Saturday the 19th July, and Sunday 20th July from Bradford centenary square to Speedmaster which is based in Albion Mills, Greengates.

On arrival guests will be able to take a trip down memory lane when they step into the stunning purpose built car show room to view some of the most iconic supercars to be driven in motor racing history.

Among the cars on display at Speedmaster and making a special appearance for this year’s Bradford Classic will be a Ferrari 312 and Ferrari 312B. Designed by Mauro Forghieri, the Ferrari 312 was a Formula 1 racing car which was driven between1966 to 1969. During the 1966 Formula One season, there was a change in the technical regulations, now allowing 3000 cm³ engines.

Ferrari’s first 1966 car consisted of a 3.3-liter V12 engine taken from the Ferrari 275P2 sports car prototypes, modified to 3000cc, and mounted in the back of an F1 chassis. The designation 312, which was used for a number of later cars, indicated a 3 liter, 12 cylinder engine. The engine was rather heavy, and due to the reduced capacity, lower on power and especially torque. Several notable drivers have driven the Ferrari 312 including Ludovico Scarfiotti Chris Amon, and John Surtees who won the 1966 Belgium Grand Prix.

A famous Ferrari 312B2, formerly raced by motor racing legend Jacky Ickx who won the German Grand Prix will also be on display. Earlier on this year the car was tested at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix where it was reunited with its former driver who autographed it for posterity.

Since then the car has made its historic racing debut at the Grand Prix Masters Festival at Brands Hatch and the Ronnie Peterson Grand Prix held at Anderstorp, Sweden.

Collector and motoring enthusiast Jonathan Turner CEO of Gulf Retail based in Bramham, Wetherby, will also be displaying cars from his private collection at Speedmaster. These cars will include a 1964 Mini Cooper S, 1907 Itala and Gulf Racing Liveried Aston Martin DB9.

The Mini Cooper S was driven by Finnish rally driver Rauno Aaltonen in the 1965 RAC GB rally and brought victory to the British Motor Corporation( BMC) team who won the World Rally Championship in 1965. The following year the same car driven by Tony Fall from Baildon near Bradford won the Scottish Rally.

An Itala similar to the one which won the 1907 Peking to Paris Rally will also be on display. Last year the car competed in a special rally celebrating 100 years since the original race. Although the car completed the race, it had to make a long pit stop after the crank shaft broke in Mongolia. The car was transported over the borders to Siberia where it was fitted with the engine and gear box from a 30 year old Volga. After its pit stop the car continued its journey completing the race.

The Gulf Racing Liveried Aston Martin DB9 is the only road going car to carry the same racing colours as the cars which have been raced in this years Le Mans 24 hours race.

Aston Martin will also be supplying a surprise entry to the event which will be one of their latest creations.

A special poster designed by the winner of the Speedmaster’s Historic Racing Poster competition will be unveiled with original artwork on display. The competition involves designing a historic poster in the style used to promote classic races such as the Monaco Grand Prix or the Mille Migla during the 1930’s,40s or 50s.

Other attractions include a gallery of Great British racing drivers with inspirational stories, anecdotes and heroic feats which have been captured on the Speedmaster Wall of Fame.

Children will be able to show off their driving skills on the F1 racing simulator and compete with their friends on the giant Carrera race track. Refreshments will be available in the Speedmaster Café where guests will be able to sample culinary delights like Body burgers, Wheely Fries and High Octane Coffee.

Speedmaster’s Managing Director James Hanson said: “We are proud to support this years Bradford Classic. I am confident that our new conference centre and showroom facilities will prove to be a popular attraction for motoring enthusiasts of all ages”

Bradford city centre manager Bob Parker said: “Our thanks to Speedmaster, Aston Martin and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust for allowing visitors the chance to view spectacular racing and road cars which have never before been seen at the Bradford Classic”


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