Pebble Beach Motoring Classic 2018

Pebble Beach Motoring Classic 2018

1,500 miles and countless smiles: driving our E-type from Seattle to California

We recently had the immeasurable pleasure of bringing a piece of British style to the 2018 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic Rally, a 1,500-mile rally winding its way from Seattle to California.

Marcus was at the wheel of a stunning 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 which we fully restored, covering roughly 150 miles per day through highways, mountain passes and quaint American towns.

Setting off from the Woodmark Hotel alongside 19 other superlative classics, from pre-war Bentleys to 1960s Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars, the route headed towards the coast via a number of picturesque locations.

A particular highlight included the usually snow-lined Stevens Pass in Washington, where the E-Type got to display its spritely handling characteristics, before arriving into the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth which was constructed in the same era as the iconic Jaguar.

The mountain passes continued as the rally ventured further south through Mount Adams and Mount Hood with the E-Type tackling some extreme weather and arriving at the Timberline Lodge, as seen in ‘The Shining’.

Heading further south still, the journey took in the Crater Lake National Park, the Avenue of the Giants with the scenery proving as breath-taking as the roads. In the final days, a stop was made to view one of the most significant Mercedes-Benz collections in the world, the Keller Collection, before pushing on and heading to the end destination, The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

The E-Type performed superbly, a testament to not only the restoration but also the superb grand touring capabilities of these stunning machines. There was little time for rest, however, as our sister company, DM Historics showed an incredible unrestored 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC at the illustrious Pebble Beach Concours.

Marcus commented “We really believe in using these gorgeous cars, and are lucky to have passionate customers who feel the same way. The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic was an absolutely fantastic event for the E-Type and a perfect way to begin our time in the US for Pebble Beach Concours.”

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