July 19th was a truly exceptional day for guests of Stratstone Jaguar and Aston Martin. We met on a bright morning at the Classic Motor Cars headquarters in Bridgnorth. CMC is a leading restorer of classic Jaguars and other vehicles, and we enjoyed unprecedented access to their entire restoration project.
We unearthed treasures such as the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight (one of only 12 examples in the world), and even an Aston Martin DB5 which was present at the filming of James Bond's Goldfinger. Guests were also treated to a rare Jaguar XK140, which was the only example to ever run at Le Mans in 1953.
In the scorching weather, guests then made the most of the twisting country lanes that link Classic Motor Cars and Shelsley Walsh together. Classic Nostalgia is among the biggest events in the Shelsley Walsh Calendar, and it's not hard to see why. The air was heavy with nostalgia - from the local band performing wartime songs to the crowds in the spirit of things with retro dress!
Jaguar were also celebrating 80 years of their marque, and we saw the 1987 championship winning XJR9, the XJ220 Supercar, and XF designer Ian Callum's own fully restored Jaguar Mk.II take to the hill. It was certainly one event we can't wait to visit again next year.