Thursday, 12 September 2013

LWK 707 - 'Seven Days & Seven Nights'

Photos - Mark Saunders; words - Daniel Bevis

SuckSqueezeBangBlow's off to the Goodwood Revival tomorrow, so it seems only appropriate to give you something a little Goodwood-y this afternoon. Here are some photos that Mark Saunders took at this year's Festival of Speed of LWK 707, the ex-Stirling Moss Jaguar XK120.
This largely standard fixed-head Jaguar was famously taken to the banked circuit at Montlhéry in 1952 and charged with an impossible-sounding endurance task; at the end of the ordeal, it emerged with the honour of having achieved an average 100mph over seven days and nights, covering a total of 16,851 miles in the process.
After a little prang at the 2008 Festival of Speed, the car received a sympathetic restoration by Classic Motor Cars Ltd, the brief from the Jaguar Heritage Trust being to retain all of the unique features and timeworn patina. You can read all about the restoration here.


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