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MOTORING: Stirling on track for Jag celebrations; DRIVE TIME.

Byline: STEWART SMITH

MOTOR-RACING legend Sir Stirling Moss and Jaguar will be reunited at Le Mans this year - 50 years after the legendary racing driver first competed at the classic French circuit.

It will also be the 50th anniversary of Jaguar's first victory in the world's toughest endurance race.

The ace driver from the 50s and 60s will be one of a specially invited group of drivers taking part in a unique race staged to celebrate the heritage of the 24-hour event.

The Le Mans Legend race will take place before the running of this year's 24-hour endurance race on June 16.

Sir Stirling will drive one of the most famous racing Jaguars ever built - the Jaguar C-Type which gave Jaguar its second win at Le Mans.

This historic car has been made available by its owner Adrian Hamilton - whose father Duncan, together with Tony Rolt, drove the car to victory at Le Mans in 1953.

Before he flies to Le Mans for the race, Sir Stirling will be at Jaguar's headquarters at Browns Lane, Coventry, to flag off a cavalcade of C-Types driving to Le Mans to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Jaguar's first victory in 1951.

Jonathan Browning, Jaguar's managing director said: "Le Mans holds a special place in Jaguar's heritage. We have won this great race seven times. As we start our second season in Formula One, the fiftieth anniversary of our first win at Le Mans is a very clear reminder of our long and successful heritage in motor sport."

Ray Wiltshire, the Le Mans Legend race co-ordinator, said: "It will be a great spectacle. Over half the cars in the race actually took part in the twenty-four hour classic between 1949 and 1964.

"Reuniting Sir Stirling with the only Le Mans winning C-Type still in existence will be a massive attraction for the many thousands of British enthusiasts who go to Le Mans every year."

Of the original 53 C-Types built, 49 still survive and many will cavalcade from Jaguar's HQ in Coventry.

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AND THE WINNER IS: Sir Stirling Moss (above left) and (above, right) storming to victory at Le Mans in 1953
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Date:Feb 23, 2001
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