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Largest gathering of XKs set to celebrate model's 70th anniversary

Published 08 May 2017

More than 700 Jaguar XKs from around the world will gather in June next year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the model. The International Jaguar XK Club, founded by author and publisher Philip Porter, will hold a two-day event at Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire, on 9-10 June 2018.

It’s set to be one of the biggest XK gatherings ever, building on previous celebrations. In 1998, 500 XKs from around the world gathered at Donington Park race circuit for XK50. And in 2008, the XK Club had 600 at Goodwood. In 2018, the aim is 700. Additionally, all XK-engined cars are invited.

Jaguar launched the XK120 in 1948 and the car helped to launch the careers of Sir Stirling Moss and future World Champion, Phil Hill. With a top speed of 120mph, the aluminium bodied car was the fastest production car in the world at the time, and lead Britain's post-war 'export or die' campaign, earning vital dollars, siring five Le Mans winners, and triumphing in international rallies.

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