In this issue we return to top level motorsport but not in a conventional way, and by doing so accelerate the development of electric powertrains. In tandem, we introduce our Jaguar I-PACE Concept vehicle - a revolutionary new model available to reserve now for delivery in 2018.
THE RACERS There is a famous and rather beautiful photograph of Mike Hawthorn, who drove for Jaguar between 1955 and 1957, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours race in ’55. He’s leaning against his 3.4l Mark I Jaguar, VDU 881 parked outside his Tourist Trophy Garage. He is smiling, leaning against the nearside front, THEJAGUAR CLUB FOR DISTINGUISHED FAST GENTLEMEN MIKE HAWTHORN hands folded, looking the picture of life – invincible – a man with a Formula One World Championship behind him and a business to run, ahead. Inaugural Member Manish Pandey wrote the BAFTA and Sundance winning documentary film Senna. Here, in the first of a new series profiling the greatest names in Jaguar racing history he tells the tragic story of Mike Hawthorn, 1958 Formula One World Champion He had just finished the second year – of a second stint – with Ferrari and over those two years he had endured the deaths of four teammates including the man he called his ‘mon-ami-mate’, countryman Peter Collins. Collins was a loss too great. Mike retired. The Tourist Trophy Garage was his future now. British racing drivers of Mike’s generation were different then. Combat was still raging in their blood and although they were old enough to know what a Spitfire was they were too young to have flown one. It seemed only natural that men so physically gifted would drift into an arena of sport, like air combat where death was less of an occupational hazard than something to be shrugged off, like staring briefly at a comrade’s empty chair in the Officers’ Mess, before downing another pint, closing the tab and moving on. Mike, in his D-Type Jaguar, was involved in the racing accident of all time at Le Mans in 1955 and when teammate Ivor Bueb took over, Mike was distraught before he gathered himself together and went on to win. There are pictures of him celebrating with champagne. The newspapers didn’t like it – but he wasted no time in showing them how he felt. Enzo Ferrari, in his autobiography My Terrible Joys, described Mike as a man whose form fluctuated wildly. He was unbeatable one day then inexcusably slow the next – and prone to terrible mood swings. But Mike had a medical history of chronic kidney disease, for which the treatment at the time would have been penicillin, morphine – and steroids. One of the side effects of the latter is mood swings. Ferrari is famously reputed to have given Mike a blank piece of paper with his violet signature at the bottom – it was a contract to stay with the Italian team for the 1959 season. “Write what you like, I won’t look at it,” Ferrari told him. But Mike didn’t stay. He had decided to retire at the end of 1958. On January 22nd 1959, Mike in that Mark I Jaguar crashed, breaking his neck. Did he lose control? His fiancée, Jean Howarth, didn’t think so. His condition had progressed. His mood was swinging more wildly than ever. He was suffering from blackouts – and, for her, he blacked out one last time. It was wet that day – but then he was the motor-racing champion of the world. That picture of Mike leaning, proudly, against his Mark I Jaguar outside his business is the perfect metaphor for his life. A pilot swaggering against his fighter, the picture of health – invincible – with a dark secret. He knew he was dying but the enemy never would. ILLUSTRATION: PATRICK MORGAN 78 THEJAGUAR
JAGUAR GEAR PERFORMANCE PERSONALISED Jaguar Approved Accessories let you put your personal touch on the new Jaguar F-PACE – the Performance Crossover without performance compromise. Brought to life by the same team that engineered your vehicle, all Jaguar Approved Accessories are conceived with your F- PACE in mind. Beautifully styled and infinitely practical, they are designed to perfectly complement your car and lifestyle. When it comes to long-term performance and durability the same high standards apply. That’s why we rigorously test all of our accessories in extreme conditions. This brutal testing inspires the confidence that allows us to offer a comprehensive warranty on all Jaguar Approved Accessories, giving you the peace of mind to enjoy the road, your way. For more information visit accessories.jaguar.com or your local Jaguar Retailer. THE ART OF PERFORMANCE Vehicle Shown: Jaguar F-PACE in Italian Racing Red, fitted with the following optional accessories – Roof Cross Bars, Roof Sport Box. Roof rails and cross bars are required for F-PACE roof mounted accessories. Roof rails are factory-fit and must be ordered at time of vehicle order.
Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.
In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.
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