Jaguar is a regular runner in the Mille Miglia - in 2010 it entered 27 cars in the historic rally to celebrate its 75th anniversary. This year, in celebration of the F-Type, it registered just four cars with the factory team, but it loaded them up with some bigwig UK celebs like Daniel Day Lewis and Jasmin Le Bon. Chris Harris, our own autoverse celeb, was given a seat in a Jaguar C-Type with professional racing driver Alex Buncombe.

While Harris takes us on a tour of the route, he takes us on an even better tour of what the Mille Miglia is and what it takes to run it. It's a mess of memories, minutes, mementos and sleepless nights. The C-Type was first owned by Juan Manuel Fangio. Stages are timed and require one to drive at a set speed - once, when Buncombe and Harris arrive 90 minutes early they're forced to sit in the car for an hour. Then they sleep for four hours before getting back into a C-Type with an unsilenced exhaust. "There's no better way to get tinnitus."

You can watch the highlights of Harris' run from Brescia to Rome and back in the video below.



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      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      The C Jag, and even more so the D, represent the kind of sensuous lines we seldom see anymore in today's insectoid designs. Design studios: take note and learn.
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonderful to see these pieces of history being used as they were intended, not just parked in a collection someplace.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now THAT. IS. LIVING. What a civilised world Europe is. Not these new fancy nanny state's.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      My favorite Jag is xk120 fhc. After that, C-Type. Really how can you lose with any Jaguar?
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      billj
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mille Miglia is wet dream for anyone with an ounce of "racing" and "adventure" blood in them. This video capatures and presents the "thrill of racing".
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @billj
        Many places in the US and abroad, you can get a low buck classic and do budget classic car rallies. They are absolutely a blast - and no BS organized timing. Just got back from Faultline, which goes from Hollister to Morro Bay, CA, and it was absolutely epic. If you are a car lover, there isn't much better.
      mondo
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Either they are rich enough not to care or they have specially designed testicles." Classic.