The Racing History Project has unveiled their first 2019 “Legends of Racing History” at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo; a very rare 1954 Sutton Jaguar special.
The “Legends of Racing History” display, changing quarterly, features little known, rarely seen, unique and historically significant racing cars as selected by the Racing History Project advisory board.
The Sutton Jaguar Special, a hand-built aluminum bodied racecar based on an XK-120, was the work of Jack Sutton, a transplanted English metal shaping legend who set up shop in North Hollywood and produced one-off bodies for Ferraris, Kurtis 500’s and this unique Jaguar.
The Sutton Jaguar raced all over the west in the ’50s, then was retired and stored until discovered a few years ago. In original condition as last raced, it is on loan from a well-known car collector.
The “Legends of Racing History” Sutton Jaguar display, opened by an informal lunch reception on January 17th, was well attended with both representatives of the motorsports media and the public. A few attendees who were involved with the Sutton Jaguar and racing of that era were on hand to discuss the vehicle and its historic significance.
The Racing History Project, a non-profit whose focus has been celebrating past racing events and venues, is really appreciative of the ongoing display opportunity afforded by the Automobile Driving Museum. Executive Director Dave Wolin said:
I’m thrilled to be working with the Automobile Driving Museum. Our recent “Riverside Revisited” event there was a great success and resulted in our being able to donate $2000 to one of our favorite charities, the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The Racing History Project is best known for its upscale dinners, films and presentation events such as “Tribute to the Can Am”, “Riverside Revisited” and the upcoming “IMSA 1969-1989” to be held in April 2019.
The Automobile Driving Museum has an eclectic 130 plus car collection, open to the public and most notably, offers rides in selected cars from their collection on weekends.
Note: Press release courtesy of The Racing History Project.