Numbers on a Jaguar C-type• Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Numbers. What you see in this photo is a rare, street legal Jaguar C-type racer en face. Complete with the license plate numbers.
This historic beauty had just come into the shop for its regular maintenance and a much needed tune-up after its latest adventure. The 90th anniversary edition of the famous (notorious might be a better word) Mille Miglia.
The Mille Miglia
This thousand mile race (as its name says in Italian) ran from 1927 to 1957. After it was resumed in 1977, the “Mille Miglia” has been reborn as a regularity race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered to) the original race.
The route (Brescia–Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure/arrival in Viale Venezia in Brescia.
Numbers on a Jaguar C-type
This particular Jaguar had entered the Mile Miglia twice in recent years. As the stickers on the side say the 2011 edition, as well as the 2017 special 90th anniversary edition. Judging by its starting number of 468, the car was seen as a somewhat serious contender. From 1949, cars were assigned numbers according to their start time. For example, the 1955 Moss/Jenkinson car (which won the race that very year), #722, left Brescia at 07:22. While the first cars had started at 21:00 the previous day. In the early days of the race even winners needed 16 hours or more, so most competitors had to start before midnight and arrived after dusk – if at all. (Source: Wikipedia)
The cockpit-like interior shows that racing this C-type was anything but relaxing. Try to imagine racing it for more than 16 hours straight on Italian roads.
While the seat looks somewhat comfortable, I can assure you its not. It even lacks a headrest.
I took these photos in the shop of Kooij Cars in the Hague with a Nikon Coolpix D500. Minor colour editing in post with Apple Photos.
For my previous submission in Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.