Jaguars on tour in Northumberland

Motoring author Philip Porter with Cathie Gascoigne and Gil Owens, volunteers with Prostate Cancer UK.
Motoring author Philip Porter with Cathie Gascoigne and Gil Owens, volunteers with Prostate Cancer UK.

Northumberland played host to stage 14 of the E-type Jaguar Round Britain Coastal Drive, in support of Prostate Cancer UK, at the weekend.

The tour stopped at Berwick on Saturday night and continued on through Northumberland on Sunday.

These classic beauties caused lots of people to stop and stare in the county’s towns and villages, including Warkworth and Amble.

More than 160 E-types from around the world are participating in the 18-day, 3,600-mile event. Some will be doing just one stage, others all 18.

The event, which is believed to be unique, is the brainchild of author Philip Porter, who recently recovered from prostate cancer.

He is driving the entire route in his red E-type convertible, 848 CRY, which appeared in the iconic film, The Italian Job.

One in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. “This drive will not only help to raise vital funds to help beat the disease, but will hopefully raise a lot of awareness on route too,” said Philip, who runs the E-type Jaguar Club.

The tour started at Goodwood on Monday, September 12, and the average miles per day is 180. It finishes at Goodwood on Thursday.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer may contact Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service – www.prostatecanceruk.org

The phone service is free on landlines and open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.

Anyone wishing to support Philip and the team’s efforts should donate via their JustGiving Page available on the E-Type Club website – http://e-typeclub.com/