The E-Type Jaguar will be celebrated at this year’s All British Field Meet in Vancouver
The E-Type Jaguar will be celebrated at this year’s All British Field Meet in Vancouver. Click image to enlarge

Vancouver, British Columbia – The E-Type Jaguar, which turns 50 years old this year, will be celebrated at this year’s All British Field Meet at VanDusen Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 22, 2010.  Jaguar owners and enthusiasts are expected to gather in record numbers at the annual event, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

“We are anticipating some reaction to the 50th anniversary of the E-Type since it is strictly only 49 years since the introduction of the production model in Geneva (in) 1961,” said event co-chair Patrick Stewart. “However we have chosen to mark the 50th this year by recognizing the first public appearance of the E2A in prototype form at LeMans June 1960.”

The world’s most famous E-Type E2A survived its early racing and testing days to be sold in 2008 at auction for $4,957,000, a record amount paid for any Jaguar.

The design of the E-type was well ahead of its time, featuring long flowing lines, beautiful curves and a low-slung body. Between 1961 and 1975 more than 72,000 cars were built, with the majority exported to the U.S. and Canada. The show expects to draw a record number on Saturday, May 22.

In addition to the Jaguar E-Type, the all British show will feature English-built Fords as one of its three featured marques. The most common models expected to show are Ford Prefects, Populars, Zephyrs, Anglias and Cortinas. Ford was the best-selling import car in Canada and the U.S. in 1950, and between 1948 and 1970, approximately 250,000 English Fords were sold in the U.S., and more than 235,000 in Canada by 1973.

In the two-wheel class, the show will feature 100 years of BSA motorcycles with plans for a record display including motorcycles under restoration presented by the British Motorcycles Owners Club of B.C. (BMOC). Interest in classic and vintage motorcycles has soared in the past few years and prices have reflected this trend. Visitors can expect to see Nortons, Royal Enfields, Velocettes, AJS, Matchless, Triumphs, Francis-Barnetts and BSA models.

The show promises over 600 classic cars and motorcycles, along with performances by the Little Mountain Brass Band, a sale of classic car parts, food concessions, and vendors offering all things British; it is produced by the Olde British & Class Car Society. For more information, visit Western Driver.

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