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#1 Doug Nye

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 19:22

Yesterday we spent a very pleasant day in the sunshine at a near deserted Silverstone with Damon Hill driving the ex-Equipe Endeavour Jaguar E-Type 'ECD 400' for a piece in a forthcoming issue - probably datelined December, or Jan 2022, I would imagine - of 'Motor Sport' magazine.

 

The car is the 5th-off and it was driven upon the model's racing debut at Oulton Park, 1961, by Damon's father Graham - who won.

 

It is appearing in the E-Type 60th birthday bash at Shelsley Walsh, and will also feature at the Silverstone and Goodwood festivals.

 

Quite a nice old banger.  

 

DCN

 

Below: Damon in the car - long-time owner Paul Vestey at right - the car's carer Michael Ballard at left.

 

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PS - Damon did lap the circuit in the right direction, in case you're wondering...  Just turned up-sun here for photography.


Edited by Doug Nye, 10 June 2021 - 19:28.


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#2 jcbc3

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 21:02

More here: https://www.goodwood...-driven-at-fos/

 

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#3 GreenMachine

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 22:09

That is an unfortunate highlight on the intake, makes the car look like a stranded fish gulping for air!

 

I hope that the appropriate offerings have been made to the jaguar overlords for those photos, or surely the wrath of the gods will fall upon all involved ...  :stoned:



#4 Myhinpaa

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 22:32

From Motorsport Magazine November issue 2001, the quality of the writing is not the best though.

 

https://www.motorspo...001/62/cheshire

 

I agree regarding the highlighting of the edge of the air intake, but it's irrelevant. That's how it was run in period, so it's beyond anyone's control now....



#5 Derwent Motorsport

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:24

That's a long lead in time for an article!



#6 arttidesco

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:55

Lovely photo's Doug, seems like the BRDC sticker has slipped down the nose somewhat to its correct position since the cars 2001 appearance in MotorSport ;-)


Edited by arttidesco, 11 June 2021 - 13:10.


#7 Alan Baker

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 09:49

I know it was a sunny day, but Graham raced it with the hood up (note to any Americans, that means the top up, not the bonnet).



#8 68targa

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 10:30

I well remember being at Oulton that day in 1961 with my parents and brother and how the sight of the new E-Types was really quite exciting and drew a lot of attention. Digging out my old programme for the event I notice that along with Hill and Salvadori there were another four entered although they did not turn up presumably not delivered or had the time to prepare them.  Here is dad Hill doing his stuff. Both Hill and Salvadori raced with the hood up.

 

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#9 Allan Lupton

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 14:28

 Both Hill and Salvadori raced with the hood up.

 

Quite a bit less drag with the hood up, so worth some lap time, even at Oulton Park. Side windows shut would have saved a bit more.
 



#10 Doug Nye

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 16:55

....windows-up in a flat-floor E being driven b----s out can be a very hot and stifling experience...  Quite how tall Graham and even taller Michael Parkes folded themselves into the driving seat has always puzzled me (though not as much as how Parkesi folded himself into a Ferrari GTO/64 with its low roofline - or for that matter tall Mike Hawthorn into a 340MM/375MM Berlinetta which despite those agricultural Ferraris' overall size had an even more cramped cockpit - with classical 'Italian gorilla' - short legs, long body - driving position).

 

Oh, I do of course offer my apologies to the woke community for any offence I might just have caused by using the xenophobic term included in the preceding sentence. I blame my upbringing.

 

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#11 Glengavel

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 17:30

Why the highlight round the intake? Was it to differentiate between cars?



#12 Vitesse2

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 18:01

Why the highlight round the intake? Was it to differentiate between cars?

Just an Equipe Endeavour 'trademark look'. If you do an image search you'll find they did white highlighting round the grille or air intake on several cars - including their various Jaguar saloons and their Aston DB4GT - as well as yellow on a BRG Lotus 11. At one point VCD400 had a chequered pattern, presumably to distinguish it from the white-highlighted JAG400, which can also be glimpsed here. UPM400 - ex-Lofty England, ex-Endeavour -  is also blue with white highlighting.



#13 cooper997

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Posted Yesterday, 03:01

Wrong title, but right car. Michael Turner depiction of Graham leading Roy at the 15/4/61 Oulton Park E Type race debut and win meeting.

 

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#14 Odseybod

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Posted Yesterday, 10:31

....windows-up in a flat-floor E being driven b----s out can be a very hot and stifling experience...  Quite how tall Graham and even taller Michael Parkes folded themselves into the driving seat has always puzzled me (though not as much as how Parkesi folded himself into a Ferrari GTO/64 with its low roofline - or for that matter tall Mike Hawthorn into a 340MM/375MM Berlinetta which despite those agricultural Ferraris' overall size had an even more cramped cockpit - with classical 'Italian gorilla' - short legs, long body - driving position).

 

Oh, I do of course offer my apologies to the woke community for any offence I might just have caused by using the xenophobic term included in the preceding sentence. I blame my upbringing.

 

DCN

Mike Parkes in the earlier GTO at the 1963 Martini Trophy (no gorillas were harmed during the insertion of this driver).

 

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#15 BRG

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Posted Yesterday, 15:08

Quite how tall Graham and even taller Michael Parkes folded themselves into the driving seat has always puzzled me 

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You undoubtedly have the advantage of me in knowing Graham Hill well, but the couple of times that I met him, I don't recall him being particularly tall?  Of course, back then, I was pretty tall (compared to the then norm) whereas I am only a little above average these days - in height and many other things!

 

It has always bemused em to find people I assumed were quite tall actually weren't in real life - Ayrton Senna, Eric Morecambe.  Having discovered Morecambe barely came up to my shoulder, I wondered just how small Ernie Wise must have been?  On the other hand, I met Ed China (of Outspan Orange car & Wheeler Dealer fame) and he is HUGE.



#16 RS2000

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Posted Yesterday, 18:04

There is a thread somewhere on here about how tall Graham Hill was.

He was apparently the same height as me (which I knew from the one time I was standing opposite him, in the field next to Brands where the idiots (I mean expert pilots...) landed their planes - and, even more worryingly, took off.

That was the 68 BGP, when JYS had his wrist in a support brace. As he arrived in the field after the race, NGH greeted him with " 'ello you poor bastard!"

 

I recall seeing that Oulton race on TV. Wasn't it a GT race rather than a sports car race, so having the hood up wasn't optional?


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#17 68targa

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Posted Yesterday, 18:09

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#18 bradbury west

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Posted Yesterday, 19:36

Many thanks for the photograph of Michael Parkes, Tony.  A hero of mine, for lots of reasons. I think we had a thread about his height years ago. I always thought he was about 6’4.  OT, I have often wondered at the headroom in an Imp.

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I was at the Oulton race too. 



#19 RCH

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Posted Today, 04:40

.  OT, I have often wondered at the headroom in an Imp.

Roger Lund

 

 

Imps famously had good headroom due, it is said, to Mike Parkes's influence.

 

 

 

I recall seeing that Oulton race on TV. Wasn't it a GT race rather than a sports car race, so having the hood up wasn't optional?

 

Didn't stop Jack Sears in a Cobra in later years.



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#20 bradbury west

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Posted Today, 08:48

Imps famously had good headroom due, it is said, to Mike Parkes's influence.

 

 

My point exactly.

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#21 Gary Davies

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Posted Today, 09:43

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They both fitted on a bicycle made for two!  ;)

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