Jaguar parade set to visit Blackpool

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A parade of Jaguar E-type cars has set off on a 3,600-mile coastal tour of Britain to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Seventy of the famous sports cars were waved off by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell at Goodwood in West Sussex with 170 in total expected to join in during the 18-day journey.

The tour will take in Blackpool where Jaguar was founded.

The event has been organised by the E-type Club to raise support and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

The E-type was produced by Jaguar Cars between 1961 and 1974 and was an icon of the Swinging Sixties through their association with pop and rock stars such as George Harrison, Mick Jagger and George Best. They were raced successfully in Le Mans and in the USA often beating main rival Ferrari with famous racers including world champions Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Sir Jack Brabham and Graham Hill.

The parade is due to arrive in Blackpool on Saturday, departing for Carlisle the following morning.