MOTORING: Jaguar D-Type legend will be a star at car festival

Jaguar D-Type Long Nose Ecurie Ecosse racer at Holyroodhouse. Photo: PA
Jaguar D-Type Long Nose Ecurie Ecosse racer at Holyroodhouse. Photo: PA
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A Jaguar D-Type with a place in British racing history will be one of more than 60 of “the world’s finest cars” going on show at the Palace of Holyroodhouse later this year.

The “Long Nose” D-Type was one of the cars of Scotland’s famous Ecurie Ecosse racing team and finished second at Le Mans in 1957.

It will go on show in September in Edinburgh at the Concours d’Elegance event, which is bringing together the largest-ever collection of Ecurie Ecosse racers. The event, which features classic cars and those from the present day, is held at a different royal palace every year.

Now in its fourth year, 2015 marks the show’s first trip to Scotland and is expected to raise money for a number of charities. In addition to the Ecurie cars, Scots motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart will display his three Formula One drivers’ championship-winning cars on the lawns of the palace.

There will be a separate homage to some of Scotland’s other motor racing heroes, including two Formula One cars driven by Jim Clark and Johnny Dumfries’s Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9.

Other stars of the show will include a 1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet and a 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

Sir Jackie, recently-named vice patron of the Concours d’Elegance, said: “This event already has an incredible history, beginning with the Windsor event in 2012, and it’s brilliant to see it heading to Scotland this year.

“The history, the roads and the scenery mean that Scotland is the perfect place to host our automotive festival of cars old and new here in Edinburgh.”

The event takes place at Holyroodhouse on September 4-6.