The 2017 Concours of Elegance will hold a special 60th anniversary commemoration of the Jaguar D-Type’s iconic 1-2-3-4-6 finish at the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours race.
The three cars that took the podium places that year, as well as two other veteran Le Mans D-Types, will be driven to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, where they will remain for the event.
The D-Type was already a well-regarded sports car for its achievements in British circuit racing and the 1955 and 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours races, but it was the 1957 event where it achieved legendary status, with five examples finishing in the top six.
First and second place were taken by Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse, while third went to Equipe Los Amigos and fourth was claimed by Equipe National Belge. In sixth place came the D-Type driven by Duncan Hamilton and Masten Gregory.
To celebrate this landmark achievement, the first, second and third place finishers, XKD 606, XLD 603 and XKD 513 respectively, will lead the procession into the grounds of the palace, followed by fellow Le Mans D-Types XKD 504, which raced in 1955 and 1958, and XKD 605, which finished sixth in 1956.
The five cars will start their pilgrimage at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works factory in Coventry. En route, they will stop at Silverstone then Donington Park, the base of the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E team, before ending up at the event venue.
The 2017 Concours of Elegance takes place at Hampton Court Palace from September 1 to 3. Tickets are available online.
By Tristan Shale-Hester