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Iconic Jaguar purrs up Goodwood hill.

Byline: By Rhona Ganguly

Jaguar's reputation as a British motor manufacturing icon was celebrated at the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Models from the 1950s to the present day, including the Coventry-based manufacturer's Le Mans-winning XJR-9, were put on display at the show in West Sussex.

Powered by the Jaguar V12, the XJR-9 earned its place in the history books after claiming first, fourth and sixteenth place at the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour Race.

Other vehicles which graced the annual hill climb, held in the grounds of Goodwood House, included the record breaking XK120 Montlhery Fixed Head Coupe.

The car was made famous as the Seven Days and Seven Nights car driven by Stirling Moss, Bert Hadley, Jack Fairman and Leslie Johnson, where it averaged 100.31mph (161.43 km/h) and covered 16,851 miles.

The 1956 long nose D-Type, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of an unparalleled 1-2-3-4-6 finish at Le Mans in 1957, featured in the Classic Endurance Cars group and Jaguar also entered the XJ13 in the International Sports Cars category.

In addition to paying homage to its illustrious racing past, Jaguar demonstrated the supreme ride and handling of its award-winning XKR.

A standard factory specification model at the expert hands of Jaguar's Driving Dynamics expert, Mike Cross, was put on show with a specially-modified PalmerSport XKR, which can usually be found racing around the Bedford Autodrome corporate circuit.

Geoff Cousins, UK MD for Jaguar Cars, said: "Goodwood is always a great opportunity for Jaguar to demonstrate it is a great British brand not only with a rich and illustrious heritage but an exciting future with a new contemporary design direction that is relevant to today's customers."

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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason prepares to drive up the start line of the Goodwood Festival of Speed; Stirling Moss prepares to drive up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and, below, behind the wheel of a Jaguar C-Type at le Mans in 1951
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