Button, the current owner of the iconic car, is slated to co-pilot the vehicle in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy. Sharing the wheel with him is his good buddy and GT racing aficionado, Alex Buncombe.
The Jaguar C-Type is a cornerstone in the brand’s storied legacy, boasting victories at the Le Mans in 1951, guided by the driving expertise of Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead, and clinching another win in 1953 with Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt at the helm.
This particular model, identified as chassis XKC018, has its own dash of stardom. Acquired in October 1952 by racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio—who had just claimed his first championship a year prior—through Jaguar’s Belgian representative, the car eventually made its way to Fangio’s homeland of Argentina. There, it was put through its paces on the race circuit by a variety of drivers.
Fast forward to the 1980s, the car was given a new lease on life when it was bought and refurbished by American Bill Tracy. It subsequently graced European tracks and was a regular competitor in high-profile races like the re-enacted Mille Miglia in 2012, the Le Mans Classic, and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, before landing in Button’s possession.
In the world of classic cars, this Jaguar is a gem of authenticity, having preserved its original factory engine and transmission intact.
Button took to Instagram to share his enthusiasm, stating, “The previous steward of this magnificent machine was none other than Juan Manuel Fangio, the F1 titan who owned the 1950s by racking up five World Championships. Fangio initially bought XKC018 for leisurely cruises; it’s also the sole bronze Jaguar C-Type ever to roll out from the factory. Isn’t that just the bee’s knees?”
“In its heyday, the car tore up tracks across South America. A few decades later, it conquered the European circuit, grabbing wins at Classic Le Mans, Classic Monaco, and even Goodwood. Here’s hoping this bronzed wonder can snag another victory!”
He continued, “I’m buzzing with anticipation! Just six more days and I’ll be behind the wheel at the Goodwood Revival alongside my compadre Alex Buncombe.”
Button further shared his excitement for the upcoming Goodwood Revival event, capping off an already action-packed season that saw him compete at Le Mans and navigate various NASCAR road courses.
“The Goodwood Revival is like the Coachella of car festivals for so many reasons—the cars, the track, and the sheer nostalgia,” he exclaimed. “It’s like walking into a living, revving time capsule. It’s just a different animal compared to the tech-savvy car I raced at Le Mans recently. Everything here is beautifully mechanical, and that’s what makes it special.”
Besides the illustrious C-Type, Button’s garage also houses other Jaguar classics, including an ex-Le Mans XK120 and an E-Type, showcasing his deep-rooted affection for the brand.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Goodwood Revival
Who will be co-piloting the Jaguar C-Type with Button at the Goodwood Revival?
Button will be sharing driving responsibilities with his close friend and GT racer, Alex Buncombe.
What is the historical significance of this particular Jaguar C-Type?
This Jaguar C-Type, known as chassis XKC018, was originally purchased by F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio. It also has the distinction of being the only bronze model produced by the factory. The car has won at Le Mans and is highly regarded for retaining its original factory engine and transmission.
When and where will Button be racing the C-Type?
Button is scheduled to race the car at the Goodwood Revival in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy.
What past events has this Jaguar C-Type participated in?
This car has participated in the Le Mans Classic, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, and the Mille Miglia recreation in 2012, among others.
Why does Button find the Goodwood Revival so special?
According to Button, the Goodwood Revival is a unique event that transports attendees back in time. He finds it to be the best weekend of the year, especially due to the vintage cars, the nostalgic track, and the crowd dressed in period attire.
What other classic Jaguars does Button own?
Besides the C-Type, Button also owns an ex-Le Mans XK120 and an E-Type.
How did Button acquire the C-Type?
Button acquired the car after it had gone through a series of owners, including American Bill Tracy, who restored it in the 1980s. The car was also a regular on the European racing circuit before it came into Button’s possession.
What did Button have to say about the car on social media?
Button expressed his excitement and respect for the car on Instagram, pointing out its historical lineage and its previous ownership by F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio. He also mentioned his hopes for another win at the Goodwood Revival.
More about Goodwood Revival
- The Official Goodwood Revival Website
- Juan Manuel Fangio’s Legacy in Motorsport
- A History of the Jaguar C-Type
- Freddie March Memorial Trophy Explained
- An Overview of Classic Car Racing Events
- Jaguar’s Official Page on Classic Cars
- Button’s Instagram Announcement
- Le Mans Classic Official Website
- Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
- NASCAR Road Course Races: An Introduction