Of course, you know that you’re sitting in Jenks’s driving seat,” said the man at the wheel of the E-type as he taxied towards the start line. “This car was originally left-hand drive but was converted to right at some stage before I owned it. So what is now the passenger seat is where Jenks would have spent most of his time.”
So there I was, on a summer’s day, sitting in Jenks’s spot about to zoom up Shelsley Walsh. It doesn’t get better than that.
The occasion was a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the E-type, called E-type 60, which had been conceived and arranged by the publisher and E-type enthusiast Philip Porter. There was a staggering array of important cars present including E2A, the first Lightweight racing E-type BUY 1 (now 4 WPD) and Porter’s own E-type from The Italian Job.