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Jake Hill, Ford Galaxie, Ford Lotus Cortina, Jaguar Mark 2
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A BTCC star tests the cars that transformed tin-top racing

To celebrate the touring car revolution that took place 60 years ago, Autosport organised a special track test at Silverstone and got British Touring Car ace Jake Hill to tell us what he thought of three famous machines

Six decades since Ford ended Jaguar’s domination of British saloon car racing – with two very different racers – it was time to put together a track test. With the help of Silverstone and Historic Racing Drivers Club founder Julius Thurgood, Autosport brought three special cars together. Historic ace Grant Williams brought his family’s Jaguar Mk2 ‘JAG 400’, Matt Moore provided his recently restored Ford Galaxie, and Mike Jordan was on hand to run the Jordan Racing Team-prepared Ford Lotus Cortina campaigned by Pete Chambers.

And to give the three rear-wheel-drive tin-tops a workout around the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, we brought in British Touring Car ace Jake Hill. Not only is the 29-year-old one of the best tin-top racers in the country – now plying his trade with a West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330e M Sport – but he also has extensive experience of (and enthusiasm for) a range of historic machinery.

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