Norfolk anniversary run celebrating 50 years of the Jaguar E-Type

It is one of the world's most iconic and best-loved sports cars, with a Norfolk-born creator.

For the late Malcolm Sayer, the man behind the Jaguar E-Type, hailed from Cromer and next month his home county will host a very special celebration to mark the classic car's 50th year.

A convoy of these sleek motoring masterpieces will travel along Norfolk's roads, led by E-Type enthusiast Kip Bertram, who is organising the anniversary run. 'It will be a parade of the most beautiful moving machines on this earth. It will be a huge sight to see and it is certainly going to be a head-turning day,' said Mr Bertram, 67, who founded the book empire Bertram Books with his mother Elsie. The Jaguar E-Type is the classic of classic cars. I always admired them and I bought my first E-Type when I was 26.

'Jaguar E-Types are the most beautiful moving thing now Concorde has gone.

'Concorde was absolutely stunning, but I have had E-Types all this time and I still think, 'wow, you are beautiful.'


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Nowadays, Mr Bertram is the proud owner of two red soft-top Series Three E-Types, and both will feature in the anniversary run, with Mr Bertram driving one and his 59-year-old wife Alison driving the other. The hope is that the parade on Saturday, August 20, will involve at least 20 vehicles.

It will begin at the Forum in Norwich at about 9.15am, where the E-Types will gather for people to admire for about an hour, then the convoy will stop at H A Fox on Cromer Road before driving to Aylsham and stopping at Blicking Hall at 11.30am for an hour.

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From Blicking Hall the party will drive to Cromer and pass the late Malcom Sayer's house in St Mary's Road, before stopping for lunch at The Vernon Arms at Southrepps. Rollesby Broad will be the final stop before the convoy reaches its final destination – Mr Bertram's home, Bergh Apton Manor, where he will host drinks in the garden.

It costs �40 per car to take part in the anniversary run and this covers lunch (but not drinks) for two people. Any money left over will go to The Norfolk Diabetes Appeal. For more information call Mr Bertram on 07802 368402 or email kipbertram@hotmail.com

Are you holding an event to celebrate a special anniversary? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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