In 1948 Jaguar unleashed the stunning XK 120 sports car. Cherished by Hollywood stars and racing drivers alike, it helped launch the careers of Stirling Moss and future World Champion, Phil Hill.
Officially the fastest production car in the world, the XK led Britain’s post-war ‘export or die’ campaign, earning vital dollars, siring five Le Mans winners and triumphing in international rallies.
Over 100 XK 120s, 140s and 150s will be driving stages of the 18-day, 3,500-mile ‘XK Club Road Britain Coastal Drive, supporting Prostate Cancer UK’.
They will be flagged away from the start at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu by the legendary Murray Walker OBE. Four drivers are doing all 18 stages, including author Philip Porter who had the original idea for this adventure after recovering from prostate cancer.
Notable entries include one car from the USA and one from Holland. Some 289 stage bookings have been taken so far but they are still rolling in.
‘Having done the entire drive in my Italian Job E-type in 2016,’ states Philip Porter, ‘I can tell you 90% of the driving is superb, with some utterly breathtaking days. This is a fabulous way to see the best of Britain and use your car for a very worthy cause. One man in the UK dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer.
‘It is crucial we raise awareness to save lives.’
Participants in the Round Britain Coastal Drive (RBCD) will raise crucial awareness of prostate cancer, which kills more than 10,000 men in Britain every year.
London-based XK Club member Patrick Hanratty, who will take part in all 18 stages of the RBCD in his British Racing Green XK 150 Drop Head Coupé, understands the importance of this more than most. Having recently come through bowel cancer, he is now being treated for prostate cancer, and will speak of his experiences after some group dinners during RBCD. Few men even know where their prostate gland is, so encouraging them to learn and check will save lives.
A number of classic car companies are being supportive and none more so than SNG Barratt, one of the world’s leading suppliers of parts for classic Jaguars. They are providing a back-up mechanic and a vital stock of spares.