|This book tells the story of one of the six alloy-bodied XK 120s that were prepared by Jaguar in
1950 for racing and rallying. This one, known as JWK 651 because of the registration number
it has carried since new, was owned by Leslie Johnson and raced by him in some of the most
prestigious events of the time, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Mille Miglia (twice) and the
Tourist Trophy at Dundrod.
Beyond that, Johnson and up-and-coming Stirling Moss visited the
speed bowl at Montlhéry, near Paris, for a record-breaking attempt and Johnson also took part
in the RAC Rally. Besides this diverse and distinguished period competition career, the book
tells the story of the later life of this most significant XK 120.
• Competition début on the 1950 Mille Miglia brought a superb fifth place for Leslie Johnson and John Lea, beaten only by three Ferraris and a works Alfa Romeo driven by Fangio.
• JWK 651 could have won the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours: driven by Johnson and Bert Hadley, the car lay in second place after 15 hours and was gaining on the leaders when the clutch failed.
• While Stirling Moss won the 1950 Tourist Trophy race at Dundrod, in Northern Ireland, in
another alloy-bodied XK 120, Johnson finished seventh on handicap to help secure the team prize for Jaguar.
• Record-breaking at Montlhéry: in October 1950 Johnson and Moss averaged 107.36mph
for 24 hours and in March 1951 Johnson returned to achieve 131.83mph in one hour.
• A final flourish in 1952 brought another Mille Miglia appearance, which ended in retirement,
and an outing on the RAC Rally of Great Britain that saw Johnson reach third place before dropping back to 16th by the end.
• The book includes a wealth of period photographs as well as a portfolio of magnificent
|Subtitle||The remarkable history of JWK 651|
|Author(s)||Chas PARKER Philip PORTER|
|About the author(s)||Chas Parker is a long-time motor racing enthusiast who has written nine books, including
co-authorship of the Jaguar C-type and D-type volumes in the ‘Great Cars’ series. |
Philip Porter, who is also this book’s publisher, has written over 30 motoring titles, many on Jaguar
subjects, and twice won the Montagu Trophy awarded by the Guild of Motoring Writers for the
best book of the year. His work includes Original Jaguar XK, Jaguar E-type – The Definitive
History, Ultimate E-type and a Lightweight E-type title in the ‘Great Cars’ series.
|Series||Exceptional Cars series|
|Remarks||Each book is devoted to just one, very special motor car and is commissioned by the owner|
|Language||Engels l English|
|Binding||Gebonden, met stofomslag l Hardbound, with dustjacket|
|Size||285 x 246 x 21 mm|