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Introduction

The Jaguar C-type holds profound significance in automotive history, epitomizing the golden age of sports car racing in the 1950s. Designed by Jaguar’s visionary engineer, William Heynes, the C-type introduced revolutionary aerodynamics and disc brake technology, setting new standards in performance and safety. Its sleek design and lightweight construction contributed to its dominance at prestigious races like Le Mans, where it secured consecutive victories in 1951 and 1953. Beyond its racing triumphs, the C-type’s enduring legacy lies in its influence on future Jaguar models and its status as an icon of British engineering excellence and motorsport heritage.

Chassis XKC 006 Highlights

The first Jaguar C-Type for Ecurie Ecosse and Ian StewartVictorious debut at the 1952 Jersey International Road RaceTwo successful period race seasons with Ecurie EcosseRegular entrant at Goodwood Revival and more, prepared by CKL DevelopmentsRetains original engine and accompanying race engineFirst delivered to Ian Stewart, this was the first Jaguar C-Type for Ecurie Ecosse (Scotland’s world-beating privateer racing team) driven from the factory to the first of many victories at the Jersey International Road Race of 1952.

Ian Stuart

A true gentleman of the sport, Ian Stewart was one of the original three Ecurie Ecosse owner-drivers of 1951, with his XK120 being the first to carry the team’s attractive metallic blue. Born in Edinburgh to a family interested in farming and the licensed trade, his relaxed driving style was extremely quick, and he twice raced for the Jaguar works at Le Mans in 1952 and 1953, partnered with Peter Whitehead.

With his XK120 successes gaining the attention of Jaguar’s Lofty England (“a very polished driver and the most promising one on Scottish circuits”), Stewart was offered one of the first three customer C-Types to leave the factory. Not seeing how to pay, the offer was a “terrible dilemma” in Stewart’s account. However, with persuasion from Ecosse patron David Murray the XK was sold and the balance borrowed from Northwest Securities. Stewart was just 22 years old, recalling later that when his father found out he “went through the roof,” marching down to David Murray’s office and forcing him to buy the C-Type. With that fiscal contrivance, XKC 006 was dispatched on 4 July 1952 and registered JWS 353, becoming the first of the famous Jaguar C-Types of Ecurie Ecosse.

Pre-race shakedown

Mere days before its first race, Stewart had collected the new C-Type from the factory, painted racing green, completing the running-in on the Jersey backroads. In Stewart’s words: “I set

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Title: Race winning 1952 Jaguar C-Type
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Published Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2024 17:55:24 +0000

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey Annis
Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.


The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 06:59:52 +0000

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Title: Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine
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Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 14:35:07 +0000

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Ferrari Challenge UK commences
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Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 07:37:01 +0000

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