E-Type 60th Anniversary Tour to Geneva -March 2021Saturday 6th March to Sunday 14th March
E-type 60th Anniversary Tour to Geneva
Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT) is planning a tour to Geneva in March 2021 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Jaguar E-type.
JDHT ran a very successful tour in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary and for 2021 we plan on taking at least 60 E-types to Geneva – including two from our own historic collection – the first roadster 77 RW, and the last, HDU 555N.
Rather than just having JDHT personnel driving the ‘First and the Last’ E-types all the way to Geneva, we are planning to give some of the Tour participants the opportunity to drive them. The plan is to offer a limited number of 1/2 days, in each car, although this won’t include the session on the Dijon-Prenois circuit.
We have decided to allocate these 1/2 day slots by ballot – and will pull names out of a hat in the 1st week of August, from those participants who have booked and paid their deposit by the end of July.
The event will start over the weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March 2021, based at the JDHT Collection at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon and will include a ‘Start of Event’ dinner. The tour participants will be flagged off on the Monday morning from the Collection Centre heading across the south of England crossing the channel via the Eurotunnel.
Unlike Norman Dewis who completed his ‘Dash to Geneva’ overnight we will take a leisurely route over several days to reach Geneva on Thursday 11th March. Our original plan was to include a visit to the Geneva Motor Show. but it was announced on 29th June 2020 that the 2021 Motor Show will not be taking place. The Tour will continue as planned and will be accompanied by a JDHT support team including trained Jaguar technicians. We are pleased to be working in partnership with Jaguar Classic on this Tour and together we are sure participants will have a truly unique experience.
Despite the problems with working under COVID-19 lockdown conditions, we have managed to complete the planning of the itinerary for the Tour which has now been published and sent out to all those who have expressed an interest in participating in the Tour.
A number of those who originally registered their interest have now said their cars may not be ready in time or they no longer wish to attend so we have re-opened the entry list. Please send an email to Etype60@JaguarHeritage.com if you wish to join the Tour.
The plan for the Tour is now set and we have booked hotels for all the nights. We are still working to confirm some of the daytime checkpoint locations and lunch stops and inevitably this is taking longer than would be the case under normal circumstances.
The outline route has been planned but this needs to be driven, a couple of times, once we are allowed to drive across France and Switzerland, for us to complete the route book.
The cost of the Tour is £6,500 – summary of the itinerary as follows (the full itinerary is detailed in our online PDF Tour Booklet):
- Saturday 6 March 2021 – Registration day at British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire
- Sunday 7 March – first driving day, Jaguar test track at Fen End, Kenilworth Castle and Jaguar Land Rover Classic
- Monday 8 March – start from British Motor Museum, Royal Automobile Club at Woodcote Park, Eurotunnel across the channel to Lille
- Tuesday 9 March – Lille to Reims – the circuit de Reims-Gueux and dinner in a champagne house
- Wednesday 10 March – Reims to Dijon with an afternoon at Dijon-Prenois circuit
- Thursday 11 March – Dijon to Geneva and the Parc des Eaux Vives
- End of event dinner on Friday 12 March 2021
JDHT personnel are planning to drive back from Geneva to home over the 2 days Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in March 2021.