Derek follows in his hero's tyre tracks to tackle the 2015 Mille Miglia

12th May 2015

Derek will be following in his hero’s tyre tracks when he joins drivers and co-drivers of nine of Jaguar's most decorated and iconic heritage cars to take part in the 2015 Mille Miglia, an event he is looking forward to, where he will drive a C-type, commenting

“Jaguar played a part in my racing career, to be invited to take part in the Mille Miglia with Jaguar Heritage will be a return to my racing roots and a fulfilment of a life time ambition, driving on the roads my boyhood hero, Sir Stirling Moss made history on”

Fans lining the 1,000-mile loop in Italy will be treated to the sight of three C-types, three D-types, an XK120, an XK140 and a MK VII saloon, which will compete as part of the Jaguar Heritage team. Held from 14th -17th May, 2015, the Mille Miglia presents one of the toughest tests for both car and driver, beginning and ending in Brecia and running through the heart of Italy's capital, Rome.

The first of the C-types wearing registration NDU 289, is no stranger to the Mille Miglia having competed some 62 years ago in the original race format back in 1953, driven by Mario Tadini and Franco Cortese. It also forms part of the Jaguar Heritage Trust collection. The car is one of three models competing at this year's race that are owned and run by the Jaguar Heritage Trust and will be driven by Jaguar Vehicle Integrity Chief Engineer, Mike Cross.

C-type, registration KSF 18,  was raced by Jimmy Stewart and later by Sir Jackie Stewart over a three-year period from 1953 to 1955. This is the car Derek will drive as a guest of art collector, classic car enthusiast and owner of KSF 182, Adam Lindemann.

Completing the C-type trio is PUG 676 that was raced extensively in the post-World-War II era and will be driven by its owner, Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee Chairman, Ben Cussons. Jaguar's participation would not be complete without the legendary D-type.

This year's Mille Miglia line-up will include NVC 260, a car that competed in several Mille Miglias in the 1980s. Formerly owned by Ralph Lauren, this special D-type also proved its worth over a two-year racing career between 1956 and 1957. It will be driven by its owner, one of the classic car world's most respected experts, Simon Kidston.

Also competing will be RSF 303 and 393 RW, which featured in several renowned races back in the 1950s. The Ecurie Ecosse D-type RSF 303 was bred for competition and after grabbing the runner-up position in the 1957 Le Mans race, took part in Mille Miglia testing that very same year and then again in 1958. It will be driven by Jaguar Design Director, Ian Callum and businessman and classic car enthusiast and owner Clive Beecham.

Reinforcing the D-type's competitive spirit and performance is 393 RW, which crowned a glorious year in 1956 by winning the 12 Hours of Reims and finishing in a credible sixth place - and setting the fastest lap - at Le Mans in the same year. It will be driven by host of the hugely popular BBC One show, Saturday Kitchen and well-known chef, James Martin.

Charley Boorman will be driving a Mk.VII 97 DMH, a car capable of travelling at 100mph with five people and their luggage. He may well come to appreciate the comfort of Mk.VII over the course of the Mille Miglia.

Adding glamour to the 2015 Mille Miglia challenge is OOF 748,  the XK120 affectionately christened as 'Betsey' by TV presenter and current host of Channel 5's The Classic Car Show, Jodie Kidd, who drove this stunning Jaguar in the 2014 trial. She will again drive 'Betsey' in this year's event, this time partnered by male supermodel, columnist and classic car enthusiast, David Gandy.

The successor to the XK120, the XK140, arrived in September 1954 and continued its predecessor's legacy of grand two-seater open-top motoring. The specific XK140 racing in this year's Mille Miglia, registered TAC 743, was once owned and raced by successful British racing driver David Hobbs. Fully restored by Trevor Groom back in 2006, it will be driven by Elliot Gleave, aka musician Example, and his father Michael. It completes Jaguar's team of nine contenders at the 2015 Mille Milglia.

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