XK70 Jaguar Festival at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, June 2018

What a fantastic weekend! The cars, the hillclimb excitement and commentary, the motoring personalities, the cars, the weather, the talks and interviews, the exhibitors, the cars, the fashion show, the shopping opportunities, the beauty parlour, the cars, the music and dance displays, the flypasts and the funfair. Oh, and the cars.

And all this in one of the most special and original motorsport venues in the world.

But most importantly – what a phenomenal crowd! We’d like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended. Your good humour and enthusiasm simply made the Festival.

XK80 anyone?

Jaguar enthusiasts from around the world descended upon Shelsley Walsh on 9-10 June for the XK70 celebrations. The event was organised by the International Jaguar XK Club in honour of the XK 120’s 70th anniversary, and among the hundreds of cars making the pilgrimage to the Worcestershire hillclimb were swathes of other XK-engined models, plus more recent XK8s and F-types.

Two historic XK 120s from Jaguar’s heritage fleet took pride of place at the head of the paddock. NUB 120 – the car in which Ian and Pat Appleyard enjoyed so much rallying success – was joined by LWK 707, the record-breaking ‘seven days and seven nights’ fixed-head coupé, with both cars being paraded up the hill on several occasions. Jaguar also provided the final XK-engined car ever built – a Daimler DS420 limousine.

Marque specialists pulled out all the stops in their support for the event. Eagle’s incredible line-up of 20 cars included a Speedster, Spyder GT and Low Drag GT, the very first Group C XJR-6, plus the XJ220C that – before being disqualified on a