12 September – Round Britain Coastal Drive

Official Round Britain Coastal Drive website

reduced-size test with cleaned up EE-type Club logo    Prostate Cancer UK_on white

An event for Jaguar E-type sports cars. A circumferential coastal route of mainland Britain.  Approximately 180-mile stages and driven sequentially by groups of E-types, akin to a relay.


Our original fundraising target of £50,000 has been exceeded
and currently stands at £62,000.





daily-photosE-type Club event at Goodwood Motor Circuit

Quote from Jools Holland:

‘If, like me, you’re a man who thrills at the prospect of handsome E-type Jaguars from all over the world making a historic round Britain trip, then please pause and consider the purpose of this extraordinary event.  It’s to remind us to be aware of, and get checked for, prostate cancer. Please allow your thoughts to return to the beautiful motor cars on their great mission.

‘A talented and modest man, who brilliantly runs our Club, with his team, and has provided all with a way to do some good with our cars – Philip Porter.

‘Your sincerely, A lifelong Jaguar fan, whose life will hopefully be a bit longer because of prostate cancer awareness,

Jools Holland’

Click here to donate

Fundraising information

press-release-buttonFor additional information, please contact:

Louise Gibbs,

Tel: +44 (0)1584 781588

A huge thank you to all who took part in the drive and to the many spectators along the way that kindly donated money to Prostate Cancer UK.

Club member, Robert Jordan, had kindly offered a case of champagne to the participants raising the most funds for Prostate Cancer UK. Brothers, Bruce, Rick & Ron Bourne raised a total of £4295.72 which has not been surpassed, so congratulations to all three of them!

Our original target of £50,000 has been exceeded and currently stands at £62,000.

RBCD stage leaders

Above: Stage Leaders and brothers Bruce & Rick Bourne.

Below: Rob, Rick & Bruce Bourne

Rob, Rick and Bruce Bourne


Hello Louise,

Just a quick note to thank you, Philip and Julie for your kindness over the past few days.  Organisation was superb.  People were a delight.

Regards, Jonathan

Dear Philip,

It was good to see you on the most worthwhile charity drive.  Congratulations to you and the team for excellent organisation and making it happen.

With best wishes,

John & Eileen

Dear Louise,

I just wanted to write and thank you and your team for a wonderful experience.  My only regret is that we could not do more of the run, given that the car was still in bits the first week.  We met so many nice people and the organisation was nothing short of miraculous, given that controlling in excess of 100 E-type owners must have been like trying to herd cats.  You should be proud of yourselves.

Kindest regards, Ian

Please click on the following link for more testimonials and information from the event.

Stage 11 - photo & copyright Philip Porter (12)


‘I am elated, and relieved,’ says author Philip Porter who had the original idea. ‘We were pioneers, even in 2016, and it was no small challenge. This, above all, was a team effort with fabulous support from my E-type Club colleagues who did all the hard work, our sponsors, our VIP Supporters, the charity Prostate Cancer UK and over 200 E-type owners.

‘Everywhere we have gone, round the coast of Great Britain, we have been raising awareness direct with the public and through the media. And people have been amazingly generous. And we have had a lot of fun. Everyone wins.

‘We will certainly be doing it again next year.’

The weather was near perfect and the scenery, particularly in Scotland, was spectacular. Out of 150 hours of driving, Porter was only forced to raise the hood for just nine hours. Apart from the superb driving roads, other high spots included five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell flagging the cars away at the start, lunch at Dunbeath Castle, Mary Sayer, daughter of the legendary E-type designer Malcolm Sayer, joining for a day, a reception at the amazing J.D Classics premises and Ross Brawn, of F1 fame, taking part on the last day.

Porter is not only celebrating his recovery from prostate cancer but also the publication of his 30th book, the first volume of his definitive biography of Sir Stirling Moss, which was launched at the Goodwood Revival meeting immediately prior to the start of the Round Britain Coastal Drive. ‘It is such a mammoth tome that a couple carried in the boot certainly kept the back end down!

‘This event was a wonderful way to see England, Wales and Scotland, sample places one has heard of but never been to, and discover so many quaint villages and stylish towns. Every day had its own character and special quality. Above all, there was a wonderful camaraderie as we all had a common cause and could use the fabulous E-type Jaguars, which we are lucky enough to own, for the good of men everywhere.’


Philip Porter with his two E-types

Philip Porter with his two E-types, 848 CRY & 9600 HP


Philip Porter & Louise Gibbs in 848 CRY leading. Photo copyright James Mann

Final Stage (Stage 18) Philip Porter & Louise Gibbs in 848 CRY leading. Photo copyright James Mann

Louise Gibbs, Philip Porter and Julie Porter

Photo: Louise Gibbs, Philip Porter & Julie Porter.  At the end of Stage 18 at Goodwood Motor Circuit.


SNG Barratt Group LogoSNG BARRATT GROUP has kindly supported the event with mechanical back-up, following participants during the drive


Round Britain Coastal Drive relay range

Julie and Philip Porter

Julie and Philip Porter wearing garments from the ‘Relay Range’

Introducing the ‘Relay Range’

Even if you weren’t able to take part in the drive itself, there are plenty of other ways you can support our cause, whether by fundraising or purchasing something from our a select range of garments.

Exclusively embroidered with the Round Britain Coastal Drive logo – “You can’t drive it, but you can wear It!”

10% of the selling price will go directly to Prostate Cancer UK.

You too can look as fresh and smart as our delightful models by purchasing garments from our special Round Britain Coastal Drive ‘Relay Range’

The full range is shown below. All items are available in both men’s and lady-fit – detailed size information is available on our Shop site.

logoSturgess Group kindly supported the event with the loan of a Discovery which we used as our support vehicle.



Yellow caps - Mike _ Lorna Harrison IMG_1966 Stage 11 - Dunbeath Castle - photo & copyright Philip Porter (3)

Image above: Daily Stages (finishing point): Lyme Regis (Day 1), Penzance (2), Bridgwater (3), Tenby (4), Criccieth (5), Blackpool (6), Carlisle (7), Largs (8), Kyle of Lochalsh (9), Kinlochbervie (10), Inverness (11), Montrose (12), Berwick-upon-Tweed (13), Bridlington (14), Cromer (15), Maldon (16), Folkestone (17), Goodwood (18) – WE DID IT!

Event Sponsors

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Press Coverage – Post Tour

i News, December 2016

Jaguar World, December 2016

‘RUNNING A Jaguar doesn’t come cheap and, by its very nature, a certain amount of money is needed in the pot to keep everything going. It could be said that ownership is usually in the hands of the comfortably well off (or extremely skint, if restoring a car is anything to go by). But, in the long run, a huge amount of pleasure is derived or we simply wouldn’t do it.

‘Sometimes it is worth reflecting in life about giving something back to those who need it – and they could be closer than you think. In a recession, charities are one of the first areas to take a hit, so I was heartened to see the E-type Club Round Britain Coastal Drive was supporting Prostate Cancer UK. The idea came from Jaguar author Philip Porter, who was suffering from prostate cancer; we’re delighted to say that, after treatment, he is recovering well.

‘With more than 200 cars taking part, as well as a number of VIPs, over £50,000 was raised. Philip, who drove the entire 4,000-mile trip, was so pleased he is determined to do it again next year. Sadly, we couldn’t attend as, through a huge coincident, we were on the Distinguished Gentleman’s
Ride supporting prostate cancer, something we had committed to before hearing of the coastal drive. The DGR occurs on the same Sunday each year and is run in over 500 cities worldwide. We would like to thank the many individuals and companies for their support, such as JD Classics, SNG Barratt, Hutson and MezC Wilkinson.

‘All around the world, people throw themselves into helping in the only way during the Round they can: fundraising. It is a vital element Britain Coastal Drive in maintaining the huge amount of money required by so many organisations. Long-term readers will remember the support we have given to jaguars in the wild through the World Land Trust. I was moved at the way club sections took it upon themselves to put on treasure hunts and other events, including donating spare parts at autojumbles (swap meets) with the proceeds going directly to the WLT. Thousands of pounds came in from America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

‘One underlying theme of fundraising for most people is having fun. The people I spoke to who had gone on the Coastal Drive had enjoyed a wonderful experience. Julian Barratt was telling me of his drive on the Scottish sector and the thrill of an E-type on fabulous roads in clear sunshine. Others mentioned the camaraderie among the drivers, no matter what their background. All supported the same cause while driving a fantastic car.

‘These events also prove to be a reminder to distinguished gentlemen everywhere to pop along to their GP for a prostate check. After all, we all take precautions with our cars and, if anything is spotted, it is attended to. Can the same be said of the driver?’

Classic Motoring, December 2016

Classic Motorcycle, December 2016

CAT OWNERS DID US PROUD The E-type Club’s ROUND BRITAIN COASTAL DRIVE, supporting Prostate Cancer UK, busted the target of £50,000.  Over 200 E-types participated on the final day; “I am elated, and relieved,” says author Philip Porter who had the original idea after recovering from the ailment. “People have been amazingly generous. And we have had a lot of fun. Everyone wins and we will certainly be doing it again next year.”

Classic Cars, December Issue 2016

Octane, December Issue 2016

200 E-types tackle tourand raise £50,000 to battle prostate cancer

WHAT DOES IT TAKE to bring together musicians Jools Holland and Brian Johnson with F1’s Murray Walker and Martin Brundle?  A shared admiration for Jaguar historian Philip Porter’s achievement in getting more than 200 E-types to take part in a round-Britain coastal drive that raised funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

‘This was a very personal mission for Porter, who was recently given the all-clear from prostate cancer, which kills 10,000 men a year in the UK.  To raise awareness of the disease, he organised a drive for Jaguar E-types around the coastline of Britain, taking 18 days and finishing at Goodwood.  Porter himself covered the whole 4000-mile route in his own E-type, 848 CRY, star of the 1969 movie The Italian Job.

‘I am elated, and relieved,’ said Porter after the event. ‘We were pioneers, even in 2016, and it was no small challenge.  People have been amazingly generous – and we have had a lot of fun.  Everyone wins.’

‘The drive was flagged away from Goodwood by Derek Bell and then took a clockwise route around the coasts of England, Wales and Scotland before finishing at Goodwood.  Entrants were encouraged to find sponsorship, with the aim of achieving a total of £50,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.  That figure has been exceeded.

‘Among the celebrities mentioned earlier, Murray Walker expressed his support in typical Murray fashiom: ‘May they be blessed with much publicity for this important cause.  Go, Go, Go!’

Bridgnorth Journal, October 2016

Chichester Observer, 27th October

Bognor Regis Observer, 27th October

Round Britain drive success

‘More than 200 Jaguar E-types took part in an 18-day event that successfully concluded at Goodwood.  The E-type Club Round Britain Coastal Drive was supporting Prostate Cancer UK and event mastermind Philip Porter was delighted to report the fundraising target of £50,000 had been exceeded.  He drove the whole 4,000-mile route in the Italian Job E-type and said it was almost certainly the first time this had ever been done. “I am elated, and relieved,” said the author.’

Maldon Standard, 27th October

Jaguars’ £50k

A JAGUAR tour that went through Maldon has raised more than £50,000 for charity.

The Round Britain Coastal Drive was raising money for Prostate Cancer UK with a 4,000 mile journey around the country.

Crowds of people took to the streets of Maldon to see the E-types pass through last month.

Event organiser, Philip Porter was delighted with the response.

He said: “I am elated, and relieved.

“Everywhere we have gone, round the coast of Great Britain, we have been raising awareness direct with the public and through the media.

“People have been amazingly generous and we have had lots of fun.  We will certainly be doing this again next year.”

Shropshire Star, October 2016

Press Coverage – During the Tour

Maldon Standard, October 2016

Berwick Advertiser, October 2016

‘A classic E-type Jaguar in insignia Red, the original car from the film The Italian Job, called in at Marshall Meadows Hotel, near Berwick recently.

‘The car was driven by its owner Philip Porter, author and Jaguar historian.

‘It was taking part in the E-type Club Round Britain Coastal Drive, supporting Prostate Cancer UK.

‘More than 160 beautiful E-type Jaguar from around the world participating in the 18-day, 3,600-mile event, which started and finished at the famous Goodwood circuit.  Some did just one stage, others all 18…’


Classic Car Buyer, October 2016

North Norfolk News (Cromer, Holt & Sheringham), 29th September

Northumberland Gazette, 29th September

Evening News (Norwich), 28 September 2016

Maldon and Burnham Standard, September 2016

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, September 2016

North Norfolk News – http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/what-s-on/big_cats_on_prowl_in_north_norfolk_1_531235

Pembrokeshire Herald, September 2016

Eastern Daily Press –  http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/daughter_of_cromer_born_designer_of_jaguar_e_types_joins_north_norfolk_homecoming_1_4713230

Press & Journal – https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/motors/1041010/video-jaguar-e-types-take-road-charity/

Clacton & Frinton Gazette  http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk

Yorkshire Coast Radio – http://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2104680/classic-movie-car-in-bridlington/

Cambrian News, September 2016

Maldon Standard, September 2016

Wales Online – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/cars-11886554

View News – http://www.viewnews.co.uk/jaguars-pull-lyme-360-mile-charity-drive/

Chichester Observer – http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/health/jools-holland-supports-charity-jaguar-rally-from-goodwood-1-7587747

Blackpool Gazette – http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/jaguar-parade-set-to-visit-blackpool-1-8121977

Western Telegraph – http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/14748630.Iconic_sixties_British_supercars_roar_into_Pembrokeshire/

Largs & Milport Weekly News – http://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/14748633.UK_Jaguar_e_type_rally_coming_to_Kelburn_on_Monday/


Milford Mercury, September 2016

Berwick Advertiser, September 2016

Berwickshire News & East Lothian Herald, September 2016

Bridlington Free Press, September 2016

Express & Star, September 2016

Western Telegraph, September 2016


Bridgwater Mercuryhttp://www.bridgwatermercury.co.uk/news/14742114.More_than_150_Jaguar_E_Types_set_for_charity_drive_through_Bridgwater/

Daily Post – http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/70-vintage-e-type-jaguars-11881676

BBC News

Belfast Telegraph

Northumberland Gazette, September 11th


Twyford Moors – http://jagxk.com/news/title/jaguar-e-type-club-round-britain-coastal-drive.html

Press Coverage – Before Start of Tour

The Bay Magazine Swansea, September 2016 


North Norfolk News, September 2016

Eastern Daily Press, September 2016, September 2016

Express & Star, September 2016

The Sun, September 2016

PA News Wire, September 2016

Practical Classics – June 2016

E-type Club has come up with a novel idea to drive 4000 miles around the perimeter of mainland UK in 200-mile chunks.  The attempt is in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and the idea of Club founder Philip Porter.  It will see groups of E-types driving the 200-mile sections in relays.  Says Porter: ‘The three-week-long event will take place this coming September and the idea is to have as many participants dressed in period clothing as possible.

‘The whole event is very flexible: E-type owners are invited to drive just one leg, several legs or even the entire route if they wish.’

Telegraph Online


The Guild of Motoring Writers – Guild Newsletter – May/June 2016

Classic & Sports Car – April 2016

classiccarsforsale.co.uk – April 2016

Shropshire Star – April 22, 2016

Scotsman, The {Motors} – June 2016

Motorsport – June

Jaguar Enthusiast Magazine – July 2016

Classic Car Buyer – July 2016

Dorset Echo – July 2016

Glenrothes Gazette, July 2016

Fife Free Press – July 2016

Forfar Dispatch – July 2016

Angus and Fife will be included on the route of a fund-raising drive featuring some of the most beautiful British sports cars ever made.

The Jaguar E-type Club is calling on owners to join its charity tour of Britain’s coastal roads in September.  Organised to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, the event will see E-types from all across the country and abroad tackle 18 one-day stages with an average daily mileage of 180 miles.

The cars will be flagged off from Goodwood on September 12 by five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell.

So far 100 cars have been entered from the UK, the USA and Europe while more than 200 stage bookings have been taken.  The route will take the cars to Largo on day 8 and Montrose on day 12.

Supporters of the event include Brian Johnson and Jeremy Clarkson.

Philip Porter, club founder, said: “This is fantastic but we still need many more to give this unique event the impact we are aiming for.”

“It’s just fabulous the way so many good friends and enthusiasts are supporting us.  This cause is so important for men everywhere and, between us, we should really raise awareness and funds.”

James Beeby, Prostate Cancer UK fund-raising director, said: “One in eight men in the UK will get protate cancer in their lifetime and the disease kills one man every hour.  This drive will not only help beat the disease, but will hopefully raise a lot of awareness on route too.”

Sunday Independent (Bristol, Yeovil & Somerset) – August 2016

Classic & Sports Car – September 2016


Derek Bell will flag off entrants in the E-type Club’s Round Britain Coastal Drive, which starts from Goodwood on 12 September.  The event supports Prostate Cancer UK, and nearly 100 cars have signed up, including specialist CMC’s Lindner-Nocker lowdrag.

Racecar: http://racecar.com/Motorsport/News/E-type-Coastal-Drive-gathering-momentum,-Ross-Brawn-signs-up/81833.htm

Scottish Daily Record: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/e-type-jag-convoy-tour-8540986

The Auto Channel: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2016/08/02/266863-ross-brawn-to-take-part-e-type-coastal-drive.html

Jaguar Magazine: https://www.jaguarmagazine.com/ross-brawn-joins-e-type-round-britain-coastal-drive/

Retro Speed Magazine: http://www.retro-speed.co.uk/shownews.asp?art=20268

Vintage Racecar: https://vintageracecar.com/e-type-club-cancer-drive/

Financial Times: http://howtospendit.ft.com/philanthropy/110891-a-jaguar-e-type-charity-drive-for-prostate-cancer

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Vintage Racecar, August 2016

Hunts Post, August 2016

Welwyn & Hatfield Times, August 2016

Romford & Havering Post, August 2016

Classic Car Weekly, August 2016

Ely Standard, August 2016

Dunmow Broadcast & Recorder, August 2016

Letchworth & Baldock Comet, August 2016

Stevenage Comet, August 2016

Royston Crow, August 2016

Docklands & East London Advertiser, August 2016

Ilford Recorder, August 2016

Hackney Gazette, August 2016

Islington Gazette, August 2016

Hackney Gazette, August 2016

The Gravesend, Dartford & Swanley, August 2016

Saffron Waldon Reporter, August 20016

Hitchin Comet, August 2016

Cambs Times, August 2016

Romford Recorder, August 2016

The Daily Telegraph, August 2016

Evening Standard (London), September 2016

ITV News, September 2016

Torquay Herald, September 2016


Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, September 2016


Pembrokeshire Herald, September 9, 2016

Bridgwater Mercury, September 13, 2016



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