Monday, 10 January 2011

Gordon MacKenzie's Cockpit - #52 C-type Jaguar XKC 030

It's a great pleasure to share another of Ed Arnaudin's photographs on 'Gettin' a lil pyscho on tyres' sticking with this weeks Jaguar theme today we have Gordon Mackenzie's C-type Jaguar in the paddock at Lime Rock in April 1959.

The C-type is the competition version of the XK 120 with a lightweight aerodynamic aluminium body built around a tubular frame. 52 C-types were built powered by a 205 hp version of the XK engine one of which driven by Peters Whitehead & Walker won Le Mans in 1951.

In 1953 with an engine tuned to 220 hp, thanks to a switch from triple SU carburettors to Webbers and a chassis fitted with disc brakes Duncan Hamilton & Tony Rolt drove their C-type to Jaguars second Le Mans win.

XKC 030 had been raced by amongst others by David Hirsch and both Virginia and Loyal Katsee, when after rolling his XK 120 in 1957 Gordon McKenzie acquired it and subsequently used it with varying degrees of success all the way through to 1962.

Gordon MacKenzie came home 5th behind the #25 Ferrari TRC of G Andrey and 2 spots ahead of Bob Grossman's 250 GT California on this particular day.

John Aibel informs me that Gordon McKenzie was a well known racing instructor in the North East States and is still active in Vintage SCCA events.

My thanks to Ed & Steve Arnaudin for the photograph, John Aibel and Terry O'Neil for background information.

Hope you have enjoyed to today's lightweight edition of 'Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres' and that you'll join me again tomorrow for two cats in a Hollywood studio. Don't forget to come back now !