Almost a hundred E-type sports cars are set to tour Britain on the latest 'Round Britain Coastal Drive' to raise awareness and money for us on a 19-day, 4,000-mile road-trip of a lifetime. We meet some of the drivers and a very special guest at a rain-swept start-line on the Welsh coast.
Land speed record-breaker Don Wales waved the starting flag on the third 'Round Britain Coastal Drive' this morning, which aims to add another £70k to the £150k already raised for us by the E-type Club's epic annual event.
More than 20 classic Jaguar sports cars set off on the 4,000-mile, 19-day UK mainland tour from Pendle Sands in Carmathenshire – the site where Don broke both the UK speed record for an electric car (137mph) and world record for a ride-on lawnmower (87.8mph!), and his grandfather made history before him.
"I'm very honoured to be flagging-off the entrants from Pendine Sands, where my grandfather set his first World Land Speed Record," said Don, who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a successful prostatectomy.
"We need to get more men to talk about this horrible cancer, and events like this raise awareness and valuable funds to help fight the disease."
The event is the brainchild of the E-type Club's co-founder and motoring author, Philip Porter, whose love of the 1960s British sports car spurred him on during his recovery from prostate cancer in 2015.
"It was meant to be a one-off event but proved so popular that we’re now running it for the third consecutive year," said Philip (pictured with Don Wales above). "We have cars and crews coming from abroad, including the States, and even have people who have bought an E-type so they can take part."
One new participant is former British touring car champion Mike Wilds, who has a family history of prostate cancer and will be joining the drive for two legs covering Lymington to Bridgewater.
"I adore my 1964 E-type Jaguar and love the coastline of the UK," said Mike (pictured above with wife Penny). "So being a part of this event with these iconic machines, whilst raising awareness of prostate cancer, is ideal for me and I can’t wait to get on the road.
"A lot of my family has been affected by cancer and I sadly lost my dad to prostate cancer many years ago. Consequently, I now have an increased risk of getting the disease, so I want to do as much as I can to raise much needed funds for Prostate Cancer UK and help stop prostate cancer being a killer."
Thank you Mike, Phil and everyone on the tour. May the sun shine on your soft-tops and the coast roads stay traffic-free!
Follow the drivers' progress with the E-type Club's daily blog.