“We've driven 1,000 miles over four long days and the C-type has been superb throughout," said Mike Cross, who leads a team responsible for giving Jaguar cars their unique driving qualities. “There's definitely a discernible blood line: the faster you go, the better the C-type gets. It becomes more precise, more stable, more calm – and that DNA is carried through to modern Jaguars."
Finishing not far behind them in 171st place were model and TV presenter, Jodie Kidd and model and GQ.com columnist David Gandy, driving 'OOF 748', a Jaguar XK120 roadster. This was the second time Kidd had driven the Mille Miglia in this car, affectionately nicknamed 'Betsey': “It was just so much fun to be reunited with Betsey again," she said. “I've really learned how to drive her and get the best out of her. As ever, the roads and the crowds were just sensational. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the Jaguar support team who put in some Herculean efforts to keep everyone motivated and moving."
Fellow driver, David Gandy, added: “It's just been a real privilege and an incredible experience. I think the highlight for me was the way Jodie and I worked as a team. Our driving styles are very similar – we're just as committed on the road as each other."
Rapper and musician Elliot Gleave, aka Example, drove with his father, Michael Gleave. This was the second time Elliot had driven the Mille Miglia. This time he drove in 'TAC 740', an XK140 roadster. “This year was even better than the first time. I really got to grips with the car, the route books and the timing challenges. It has been a totally brilliant experience, but I'm knackered. I feel like I've done 20 days of touring. Doing it with my Dad has been amazing. He lives in Australia so I only see him once or twice a year. This is something we've been able to bond over. It's been very special indeed."
Driving his own Jaguar C-type, 'PUG 676', was Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee Chairman, Ben Cussons, partnered by journalist Alex Goy. He commented: “It's been a great event – superb organisation throughout, a warm welcome from other drivers and even the weather was good with only a few drops of rain. The C-type performed superbly and was supported by a supremely dedicated Jaguar crew. Jaguars always seem to be a favourite with Italians – they always cheered when they saw the C-types and D-types."
The event certainly left a profound effect on TV chef, James Martin, who drove '393 RW', a long-nose D-type. “You feel elated at the end. It's just the most amazing feeling. I've been through the turmoil and the heartache of not finishing the Mille Miglia so to be able to cross that line...I'm a Yorkshire farmer but I had tears in my eyes.