Originally raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and brought to the U.S. by Sarasota Café Racer Bill Tracy in the 1970s, C-Type wins its class in the Legend marking its
22nd award in 25 races.
The unstoppable ex-Fangio C-Type took home a class win at the Le Mans Legend this year, followed by the team’s Jaguar T33 in second place. Taking its 22nd award in 25 races, the team’s C-Type is unrivalled in historic racing events today. Currently owned and raced by JD Classics, the bronze C-Type Jaguar had originally been raced in South America by Fangio. Bill Tracy, left, was an airlines Captain in the early-1970s when he discovered the C-Type on a trip to Argentina. It was not running and in need of a full restoration. In 1976, Tracy and his wife, Jackie, drove their restored C-Type around Laguna Seca and reunited Fangio with his Jaguar racecar. That year Jaguar was the featured marque at the racetrack.
Le Mans Legend organizers this year broadened the event’s eligibility criteria, allowing Ford GT40s and Cobras to compete. Nevertheless, JD Classics’ entries each put in impressive qualifying performances, with the Costin-Lister, driven by Chris Ward sitting 8th in a field of 62.
Three GT40s led the pack as the race got underway with a rolling start, and Chris Ward drove the Lister-Costin brilliantly up to fifth place, despite being down on power compared with the cars ahead. An issue with the car saw the Lister-Costin fall back down the field while the other JD Classics’ entries battled hard in the top half of a competitive pack. After four laps, JD Classics had performed the mandatory minute-long pit stop on all their entries, leaving them to race to the finish line.
It was the Lightweight E-Type that came home first, rounding out a top 10 that included seven of the much more powerful GT40s and Cobras. The ex-Fangio C-Type topped its class with the Cooper T33 coming in just behind, giving JD Classics an incredible one-two finish in the 1949-1954 class. It’s the latest in a series of impressive finishes for JD Classics this year, including a win for its ‘74 Ford Cologne Capri at the Spa Classic.
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