On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon in Melbourne, I pulled up at a traffic light right behind a D-Type Jaguar. Not the sort of thing you see every day. And unlike most of the D-Types I’d seen, this one was painted blue rather than British Racing Green.
I couldn’t resist following it for a while, even though wherever it was headed was not quite where I’d been going. As I drove along behind the Jaguar, the sound of its engine under acceleration was beautiful.
After a few minutes, the driver pulled into a supermarket carpark and I parked alongside.
The car’s owner, Robert Sinclair, was happy to have a chat. “The family needed some things from the supermarket and it’s a lovely day, so I thought why not take the D-Type,” Sinclair explained. Why not indeed. Not your average shopping runabout, it certainly attracted some interest from other shoppers while we talked.
The car is one of a small number of replica D-Types built in the UK and is painted in the colours of the Scottish privateer racing team Ecurie Ecosse, whose D-Types won Le Mans in 1956 and 57.
Whether its racing for 24 hours or just down to the shops, seeing and hearing such a car in action is a special occasion. And the term supermarket special now has a whole new meaning.