Eagle News & Developments
The Historic Motoring Awards are renowned as the most prestigious in the classic automotive world, and in their 9th year were held at the 5-star Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, London.
The 32 judges included a range of experts across the industry and organisers of world class specialist events, together with experts from the media and noted luminaries including Jay Leno and Bruce Meyer. We were delighted therefore that our very own Henry Pearman was chosen to receive the Personal Achievement Award for his work at Eagle over the last 35 years.
Presented the award by Octane's James Elliot and then interviewed onstage by Steve Rider, Henry put down the success of Eagle to include him falling in love with the E-Type at four years of age and making it his life long passion, his professional relationships with Paul Brace and Matthew Dewhurst, being commissioned by John McLaren in 1991 to build what became Eagle E-Type No.1, and above all the hard work and dedication of the entire Eagle team over all these years.
Henry met and competed against Paul during the 1988 Pirelli Classic Marathon and they joined forces the following year at Eagle and also drove together in the 1990 event, which incidentally was where Steve Rider first interviewed Henry at the event's press launch. Eagle E-Type No.1 is still the prized possession of John, who now works with Eagle as Non-Executive Chairman and the entire Eagle team joined clients from across the globe during the three day anniversary celebrations held at Goodwood this May.
So this award is a welcome recognition of what Eagle have achieved over the last 35 years with the Jaguar E-Type - here's to many more years!
The Celtic Eagle - Scottish Highlands Tour
Here at Eagle we’ve always developed our E-Types to be driven and, although we’d agree that they are undoubtedly lovely to look at, their purpose is to be enjoyed on the open road.
And when you can find the roads that allow you to enjoy the performance and handling to the full, the temptation is irresistible.. That’s why we were delighted to have teamed up with the adventure logistics company Tour De Force who specialise in developing and running unique driving events around the world to create an exclusive and memorable road trip for our owners. Here then is the Celtic Eagle.
With the focus on a relaxed atmosphere, a route comprised of superb driving roads and the epic scenery of the Scottish Highlands, this was an opportunity not to be missed. Limited to just 12 cars, places quickly filled and we were delighted to welcome owners from countries across the world including Argentina, Mexico, USA and France. Eagle’s offering was very well represented too with a Speedster, a Low Drag GT and a Spyder GT all in attendance.
Documenting the tour was world-renowned photographer Gerard Brown, who had Dan from Eagle to drive him in one of two Bentaygas that Bentley had very kindly lent us for the week. The second Bentley was the technical support car of Eagle’s Alex and Tim who, as you might expect from Eagle, weren’t kept too busy at all! Paul and his partner Julie also joined for an extended road test in Eagle Low Drag GT No.3, which was an excellent chance to test our new wide-angle cylinder head and Weber carb’ 4.7 litre engine.
So the stage was set and the meet up point was Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel in Dunblane, which had been exclusively booked out for the event. The owners found their cars professionally prepared for the journey, complete with full tanks and a comprehensive route guide. A drivers’ briefing, followed by a spectacular display of birds of prey (including an Eagle, of course), led to a splendid barbecue. Fed, watered and introduced to each other, everyone was ready for the next day and the beginnings of some firm friendships that would extend well beyond the event.
Dunblane to Braemar
Taking some quiet back roads around the base of Ben Vorlich and past Crieff, the road climbed into Sea Glen; surely one of Scotland's most scenic places. Then it was the climb up to Glen Cochill, dipping in and out of the Tay Forest Park, before stopping for a fine lunch at Errichel Farm with wonderful views over the valley.
After lunch we descended into Aberfeldy, crossing the ancient stone bridge, and then a gentle drive following the river until the landscape opened up into wild moorland through the Spit of Glenshee. A marvellous 100 miles over around 3 hours was a great start and the stop for the night was to be truly special - the Fife Arms in Braemar. Recently acquired and renovated by the art collectors Hauser & Wirth, this is a luxurious fusion of contemporary art, amazing service and a twist on Scottish traditions. Recently described by the FT as ‘Scotland’s Hottest Hotel’, you know you’re somewhere special when there’s an original Picasso in the lounge, a Freud in the lobby and a Richter in the breakfast room! We arrived little early so there were opportunities to take part in some activities including clay shooting by the Dee, a tour of the art collection and even a cocktail masterclass.
Braemar to Craigellachie
On this leg of the tour we drove to the home of “The Rolls-Royce of whiskys” –The Macallan. On a beautiful route through the Cairngorms National Park we took on the ‘Snow Road’, the highest public road in Britain. Heading further north to the River Gairn and past Corgarff Castle, the roads just became better and better! Although difficult to top the day’s driving, the recently completed Macallan Distillery tour was simply sensational. It’s no wonder that the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners design has won a raft of awards.
Craigellachie to Tongue
This part of the tour took us through some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe, the wild and raw landscape of Easter Ross and Sutherland. The craggy mountains, black lochs and remote moorlands provided a stunningly beautiful backdrop for our route to Tongue. This coastal village was the northern-most point of the trip and was a perfect place to stop for the night.
Tongue to the Summer Isles
The next day we headed south, skirting the inlets and sea lochs and onto Kylesku Bridge restaurant, where we watched the seals and dolphins while enjoying an extraordinary seafood lunch. Driving on we took the Argyll Coastal Route past tiny coves with white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and the looming Ben Moor. It was appropriate that, as we arrived on the picturesque Summer Isles, the sun broke from the clouds to illuminate this wonderfully serene and beautiful place where time seems to have stood still.
The Summer Isles to Skye
After hugging the edge of Loch Lurgainn, the road opened up and meandered around the base of the mountains. Through the forests we entered the Bienn Eige Nature Reserve for lunch before tackling the Applecross Peninsula and a hill climb to remember. Cresting the top of Bealach na Bà, with its 20% gradient being the steepest of any in the UK, this mountain road’s switchback hairpins guided us into and above the clouds.
From the mountains we descended down to Loch Curran and back to sea level, crossing over the bridge onto the Isle of Skye where the marvellous Kinloch Lodge welcomed us with log fires and drinks. Having exclusive use of this gorgeous loch-side country home meant we were looked after impeccably and enjoyed a truly superb five course dinner to round off the day.
After a restful night we crossed back to the mainland via the Skye ferry, which is the last manual turntable ferry operating in the world. The group of enthusiasts who operate this engineering marvel were delighted to welcome aboard our group of E-Types on the last leg of this epic journey. This final drive was all about lochs and mountains, including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, with Ben Lui and Ben More being particularly impressive, before arriving back at Cromlix – where we’d started over 750 amazing miles ago.
Our international group all agreed that this inaugural Eagle driving tour was a triumph and even the ‘authentic’ Scottish weather couldn’t dampen spirits. It may have rained – a lot – but in truth this galvanised the group, who are now arranging to stay in touch and meet up in their various corners of the world.
We must take this opportunity to pay our huge respects to Tim and Caroline, who willingly took their roofless Speedster on a tour of one of the wettest countries there is! Their enthusiasm, positivity and perseverance to rise to each weather challenge was an inspiration.
We’re already making plans for the next event and have promised Tim and Caroline it will be somewhere warm and dry next time! At Eagle we have always enjoyed great relationships with our owners and seeing them forge great relationships with each other has made this inaugural event really special.
Here’s to the next one.
Celebrating 35 years of Eagle at Goodwood
May 21st - 23rd 2019
We’ve been working with E-Types for thirty five years, producing our bespoke Eagle E-Type rebuilds for twenty five, and our aluminium E-Type Special Editions for a decade.
The twenty fifth anniversary of the Eagle E-Type needed a real celebration - the astoundingly positive press reaction to this car set the trajectory for our company for the following decades.
To mark this ‘triple milestone’ we grabbed the opportunity to celebrate our company, the E-Type and the very best of the Sussex countryside we call home. We invited the owners of these 54 landmark cars commissioned and built to date to join us - as well as the prospective owners of the 9 currently in build.
We’re fortunate that our expertise has attracted an international following, and we were delighted when arrangements were made to ship cars and fly owners from as far afield as Malaysia, Argentina, the USA - as well as all over Europe.
A real delight was to see Eagle E-Type No.3 (Jaguar's original press car JDU 877E) resplendent in Primrose Yellow arrive along with the owner Lim from Malaysia - the first time we have seen him or No.3 for twenty three years!
We also marked two very special new deliveries - with Speedster No.6 and Low Drag GT No.3 both being presented to their delighted new owners at the event.
We were also delighted to have famed photographer James Lipman over from Palm Springs to catalogue the event - we’ve worked with him for many years and it was great that we could tempt him back for this wonderful three day event.
Of course, we had to choose Goodwood.
Beginning at Eagle HQ deep in the Sussex countryside, the owners were given an in-depth tour of our facilities and met the full Eagle team.
We undertake a broader spread of work across the disciplines in-house than any other restorer or manufacturer and there was plenty to see and learn about the lengths we go to in our quest for perfection.
The weather was kind, and after a glorious drive through the countryside we arrived at the Goodwood Hotel and after checking in we headed to the Goodwood Kennels for an informal evening barbeque.
The next day dawned bright and clear and it was the perfect opportunity for our guests to try the famous Goodwood Hill Climb in their E-Types.
Then we headed on to the famous Nyetimber Estate for a tour, wine tasting and sumptuous lunch in the medieval barn.
The evening was reserved for a black tie celebration dinner at Goodwood House - where we were joined by the legendary car designer Frank Stephenson, designer of the new Mini, the Fiat 500, Ferrari F430 and the full range of McLaren road cars amongst others. He would deliver the main speech of the evening.
Guests were whisked in considerable style in our fleet of classic Jaguar XJs driven by Eagle staff from the Hotel to the House - where they were treated to a Spitfire display organised for the event.
The final day was spent - where else - but at the Goodwood Races, again via the Hill Climb. We had exclusive use of the Sussex Roof Garden with panoramic views, a private bar and even a ‘tipster’ on hand.
So all in all a suitable celebration - the perfect place, with perfect E-Types - and of course our perfect customers who have entrusted us to deliver to them an ownership experience like no other.
We were delighted to welcome them back from all over the world to the heart of the Sussex countryside as a gesture of thanks for their support over the decades.
The Eagle 'Class of 2019' - our talented workforce.
Guy Allen and Eagle
Helping us celebrate our 35 years in business, renowned artist Guy Allen has created a bespoke artwork which has been produced as a limited run of 200 prints.
In addition to 35 years in business, 2019 also marks 25 years of us building the bespoke Eagle E-Types and 10 years of building the Special Editions so it is quite a milestone!
Gordon Murray visits Eagle
We were delighted to welcome Gordon Murray to Eagle, who came down to discuss how Eagle design and build the Special Editions and his own approach to design - which has been tremendously successful over the years.
Gordon Murray moved to the UK to join the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director winning two world championships (1981 and 1983) and then moved to McLaren International as Technical Director in 1988 where the team won three consecutive championships - 1988, 1989 and 1990. Having accrued 50 Grand Prix wins in Formula One, he left the racing arena to establish a new company for the Group – McLaren Cars Limited.
The Company’s first project was the F1 Road Car. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1995 and he then completed several other successful projects at McLaren Cars culminating with the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren programme.
He is now heading up Gordon Murray Design which specialises in innovative automative technologies.
Eagle Speedster stars at Heveningham Hall Concours
In only its third year the Heveningham Hall Concours has quickly become one of the most impressive events of the year and, having taken part this year with our Speedster, we couldn’t agree more!
Kick-started with a tour to the Reedham Ferry Inn for lunch on Friday 29th June, the convoy, including everything from a McLaren P1 GTR to a Paris Dakar Peugeot, made for quite a sight.
With Henry, Paul and Dan in attendance the Speedster’s two seats weren’t enough and Eagle E-Type No.33 was drafted in as a second tour car, and actually led the pack for much of the drive.
With the Concours judged on the Saturday, Sunday was left for the Speedster to take part in the event’s inaugural Horsepower Hill time trial shootout up against much more modern and powerful machinery. A Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Supersport took the overall honours, completing the 1/5th mile uphill drag in just 9.62 seconds and crossing the line at 98.5mph.
Incredibly, the Speedster’s fastest run saw it set a time of 12.59 seconds and cross the line almost matching the Bugatti at 92.8mph!
What a fantastic weekend it was and our thanks to the whole Heveningam Hall team.
Peaky Blinders and The Halcyon stars drive our Kingsman E-Type on the Hope Classic Rally
Over a weekend in June we were delighted to help support the Hope Classic Rally, which brought together car collectors and enthusiasts to raise money for We See Hope – a foundation that helps orphans and disadvantaged children in Africa to rebuild their lives.
For this year’s event we supplied our Kingsman E-Type for Dunhill, who were one of the event’s main sponsors, to use as the transport for two of their VIP ambassadors - Finn Cole from Peaky Blinders and Jamie Blackley from The Halcyon.
Both thoroughly enjoyed the drive with Finn Cole saying, “it was going to take a while to wipe the smile from his face.”
We had a fantastic time too, driving Eagle Low Drag GT No.1 and Eagle E-Type No.31, but most importantly over £330,000 was raised for We See Hope.
Well done and thanks to the organisers for a memorable weekend.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Jaguar XK engine the Jaguar XK club organised a fabulous festival at the historic hill climb venue of Shelsley Walsh.
We were delighted to help them celebrate and took a selection of very special E-Types plus an interesting and relevant selection from our Eagle Historic collection. There was an astonishing selection of Jaguars old and new and we were really pleased to meet Eagle customers old and new at the event.
Taking part in the hill climb in some of our Special Editions was a great way to demonstrate how they handle and perform and there was no shortage of interest in being a passenger!
We were also asked to select a winner for the 'Essence of E-Type' prize and delighted to award it to this intrepid crew:
A red 3.8 coupe, all flaps open and a windscreen dense with splattered flies. Behind is a classic picnic scene complete with champagne, straw hats and a moustache as impressive as the spread of food. With an old Dakota rumbling overhead and the sound of an XK engine being thrashed up the hill in front it was pure 'Essence of E-Type' and worthy of the award.
A great event, really well attended and a credit to the organisers who did a fantastic job!
Eagle at XK70 – Jaguar Festival
This weekend (Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th of June) we'll be at the XK70 – Jaguar Festival in Worcestershire. We'll be taking the Eagle Speedster, the Low Drag and Spyder GT as well as a selection of E-Types from our showroom.
We're also delighted to announce that some of our customers will also be attending with their E-Types. This brilliant event is to celebrate 70 years of the Jaguar XK engine and includes a competitive speed hillclimb, demonstration runs and a host of extraordinary Jaguars - plus much more.
Discover more about this extraordinary celebration taking place at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb here.
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Invited to exhibit as an aside to the event’s Jaguar E-type class, our inaugural display at the stunning Amelia Island Concours was a real success. Not even the threat of a storm could dampen the atmosphere.
Having been given an especially dedicated position on the Concours lawn by the event founder Bill Warner, Eagle E-Type No.20 and Speedster No.4 generated and sustained a large crowed throughout the day. Even the Concours’s seasoned judges couldn’t resist coming over to Henry, Paul and Dan to find out more.
Thank you again to the two owners who very generously loaned us their Eagles for the show.
We had such a great time that we are hoping to make The Amelia Island Concours our official Eagle event in the USA. Watch this space…
Supercar Driver Members’ Club Secret Meet
Given its clandestine title, we could make no announcement of our involvement in the build up to the members-only Supercar Driver Secret Meet.
Held annually in the first quarter of the year, this is the club’s season opener and gathers as many of its members as possible to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
For 2018 the organisers were looking to assemble a group of cars among the 300+ total in attendance to represent the Best of British, and we were flattered to be invited. With national pride at stake, we pulled out all the stops and arrived with the Eagle aluminium trio: Speedster, Spyder GT and Low Drag GT.
This was only the second time that all three of our aluminium special editions have been on display in public together and, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it was for a very worthy cause.
Eagle at the 2018 London Classic Car Show
We took our Eagle Low Drag GT No.1 and Speedster No.2 to the London Classic Car Show this year, and as ever, the reception was brilliant.
We were flattered to have both stars of the LCCS ask to drive our Speedster - Philip Glenister drove on Saturday and Nigel Mansell opened the show on Sunday with plenty of tyre smoke and a series of crowd-pleasing doughnuts at the end of the Grand Avenue. Grand Prix Legend Nigel was very interested in our history and how we created the Speedster and Low Drag GT - so we hope to see him down here at Eagle soon if he's not too busy!
Eagle at Amelia Island - The East Coast Concours D'Elegance
We're delighted to announce we'll be attending Amelia Island in Florida this year - and will be showing both Eagle E-Type No.20 (a 4.7 litre SuperSport) and Eagle Speedster No.4.
Henry, Paul and Dan will be in attendance for the weekend and you can see the cars and meet them at the Concours which is held at The Golf Club of Amelia Island between 9.30 and 5.30pm on March 11th 2018. You can find full details here
We look forward to seeing you!
Eagle at the London Classic Car Show 2018
We'll be taking our Low Drag GT and Speedster to the London Classic Car Show which takes place at the Excel between the 15th and 18th of February. They'll be part of the Grand Avenue parade, driving twice a day. The Grand Avenue is unique to LCCS and this year the theme is 'Specials' - so we thought we'd take two of our most special E-Types.
Paul, Dan & Steve from Eagle will be there to meet customers old and new, and answer any questions you may have about Eagle and our E-Types.
Eagle features in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
We're delighted to announce that an E-Type from our collection will feature in the new Kingsman film. The personal transport of ‘Eggsy’, the lead character played by Taron Egerton, you can catch a tantalising glimpse of the E-Type in the official trailer at the link below.
The car itself is one we have known for 15 years and had recently re-acquired it from the owner of all those years, before performing a full and thorough refresh to be the centrepiece of our showroom. A repaint in our own version of the original Opalescent Dark Green, full Tan leather re-trim and mechanical rebuild to our GT specification make for a deeply desirable combination.
Within a week of this car's completion, as incredible good fortune and timing would have it, we received the exciting call from MARV Films to ask if we had a perfect Dark Green E-Type available for filming…
Tiff Needell reviews the Eagle Spyder GT in The Sunday Times
"These days cars are managed by electronics, which fills me with sadness because the simple sound of a vehicle coming alive, tickled by my right foot, without any sudden burst of computer-generated revs, is a delight. Arguably the greatest engine note was produced by the Jaguar E-types of the 1960s, sadly long gone. But wait; there is a firm that brings E-types back to life. It takes old cars and makes them as good as new. No, better than new."
"It doesn’t matter so much to me that this is one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Or it’s that bit more practical than the Speedster that captured Clarkson’s heart. It’s the fact it is one of the most beautiful to drive that makes me want to have one."
Tiff Needell / The Sunday Time / August 2017
Eagle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - Low Drag GT No.1
We're delighted to have featured in the Supercar Run at Goodwood, demonstrating that our further development of the Jaguar E-Type lives happily in both the the classic and supercar worlds.
We were so pleased to have Henry Catchpole, Max Girardo and Andrew Jordan driving our cars. Not only supremely talented drivers but exceptionally nice people as well.
A great weekend and a highlight of our year so far!
Eagle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - Low Drag GT No.1
The Low Drag GT No.1 has been invited to join the Supercar Run at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed with a timed run on Saturday afternoon, driven by Andrew Jordan, the 2013 British Touring Car Champion.
You can also see the Low Drag 'up close' and meet some of the Eagle team at the Michelin Supercar Paddock.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Eagle feature in two leading motoring magazines in June - and in the upcoming WAFT book.
Eagle feature prominently in Germany's Auto Bild, with a five page feature written by Wolfgang Konig with photos by Malcolm Griffiths. Focusing on the Eagle Speedster, it also looks at the evolution of Eagle and how we gained our worldwide reputation for improving the Jaguar E-Type.
We also feature in Autovisie, based in the Netherlands. This eight page feature by Bert Waft focuses on the Speedster and also discusses Eagle in general, with some stunning photography by Lies De Mol. They came down to Eagle as the Speedster will be featured in their next WAFT book, a series of ultra-stylish hardback books celebrating cars, car design and car culture.
The Eagle Spyder GT - Press Reaction and Features
A flurry of very positive press over the weekend as the first customer Eagle Spyder GT was completed.
Featured this month in both EVO magazine and Octane, the Eagle Spyder GT has gathered plaudits from around the globe including articles and features in:
This is the new Eagle Spyder GT
We’ve caught glimpses of it before, but this is the first car that’s been built, and it’s the first time it’s been seen on the road. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
The Daily Mail
E-Type retyped: The £834,000 Eagle Spyder GT has landed and it's British craftsmanship at its sumptuous best.
This is the latest reborn E-Type from British manufacturer Eagle, called the Spyder GT. And it is nothing short of glorious.
First Eagle Spyder GT customer car delivered
Eagle's third model is based on the Jaguar E-Type and will be made in strictly limited numbers; it costs £834,000 in Britain.
Road and Track
Why Spend Your Money on Anything Else When the Eagle Spyder GT Exists?
Eagle, makers of astonishing restomod Jaguar E-Types, finally built one with a folding roof. Sell your house, cash in your retirement, and buy one.
Where Eagles dare and classic car investments take control.
It is the word ‘pure’ that underscores the work carried out by Eagle, the Sussex-based company, founded by E-Type enthusiasts in 1984. Its repute is renowned worldwide.
It’s the fourth iteration of Eagle’s enhanced E-types; Brace and I stop gassing and get it out of the garage.
I’ve crawled all over it and, unlike so many of its rivals, the build quality is immaculate. Even the steering wheel is straight, something not all fresh restorations manage.
Henry Catchpole couldn’t resist its aesthetic charms in his review in our latest issue.
'There really isn't a bad angle on it, and I say this as someone who isn’t head over heels about the standard E-Type'
New Eagle E-Type Spyder GT Will Give You Goosebumps
The renowned British coach builder adds another model to its lineup.
Both EVO and Octane are now on the shelves.
Exciting times down here at Eagle as we've recently had James Lipman back for a photoshoot focusing on our Preservation E-Types for Octane magazine - with an article by Julian Balme. We also welcomed Henry Catchpole (and photographer Dean Smith ) for a visit, driving the Eagle Spyder GT for an upcoming 7 page special feature in EVO.
We've also had Drivetribe down for a photoshoot and we'll be the subject of a major feature with them at launch during the Autumn!
Eagle support Round Britain Coastal Drive for Prostate Cancer UK
Last month we were honoured to support Philip Porter’s Round Britain Coastal Drive, by entering a team of cars to participate in this inaugural E-Type-only event to raise much needed cash and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
There was in excess of 100 participants with Team Eagle consisting of our founder Henry Pearman’s own Pirelli Marathon-winning Roadster, the ‘Top Gear’ Eagle Speedster, several cars from our showroom, the recently delivered Low Drag GT No.2 and the just-launched Spyder GT No.1.
We were also delighted to see Gordon and Judith Hamilton in their Eagle Engineered Series 2 Roadster, Marc Gordon in his Engineered S1 Coupe and Ross Brawn in Eagle E-Type No.28 – the ex-Martin Brundle Coupe that he has just acquired from us. Also flying the Eagle flag on the tour were Nick and Katrina Bromfield, John and Eileen Berridge and Alex Stewart. Starting and finishing at Goodwood, the Drive was broken up into 18 civilised and scenic legs around the entire British Coast. Entrants could choose which legs to participate in, with a small and hardy few electing to drive the full distance.
It was the ambition of Philip Porter - E-Type historian, author and long-time friend of Eagle’s - for the event to raise a staggering £50,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, having just recovered from the illness himself.
It is with great delight that we can report that the target has been reached thanks to the philanthropic Ross Brawn who, while on the final leg of the Drive, pledged to make up for any shortfall in the fundraising attempt.
Despite this enormous display of generosity from Ross and all of the participants, there is always more that can be achieved and should you wish to help make a difference please see the Just Giving page or donation form below:
Ever since we announced the Eagle Spyder GT back earlier this year we’ve been inundated with press enquiries - and the launch at the Windsor Concours has only increased the interest!
We’re really pleased to announce that some high profile road test are coming up, including Tiff Needell for the Sunday Times and Chris Evans for the Mail on Sunday, Octane, Motor World, EVO magazine and Jaguar World. After that it’s delivery to the commissioning owner!
Ross Brawn acquires Martin Brundle's Eagle E-Type
Racing legend Ross Brawn, technical director of the championship-winning Benetton and Ferrari teams, Team Principal at Honda and owner of the Formula One Constructors and Drivers Championship winning Brawn GP team has acquired Martin Brundle's Eagle E-Type - and has been driving it in the Round Britain Coastal Drive.
The Eagle Spyder GT launches at the Windsor Concours
There was a rapturous reception to the Eagle Spyder GT, not least by the new owner who is obviously very keen to take delivery and start enjoying his E-Type. We're running through our meticulous pre-delivery road testing and shakedown procedures at the moment, but they don't have too long to wait!
Charles Morgan reviews the Eagle Speedster
Carfection spend some quality time with the Eagle Speedster and revisits the history of the Jaguar E-Type.
E-Type Club Round Britain Coastal Drive
We are looking forward to joining the E-Type Club Round Britain Coastal Drive starting at Goodwood on September 12th and finishing with a lap of the circuit 18 days later having circumnavigated the entire UK mainland!
Consisting purely of Jaguar E-Types it will be an amazing sight and should surely achieve the goal of its founder, Philip Porter, which is to raise awareness and means for Prostate Cancer UK. There are already high profile drivers and supporters on-board including Ross Brawn, Jeremy Clarkson, Martin Brundle, Brian Johnson, Lord March and Derek Bell who will be flagging us off.
Interesting and notable E-Types already attending include the original and hugely valuable ‘Lindner Nocker’ Low Drag Coupe, the Geneva launch/press coupe; ‘9600 HP’ and our own Speedster and Low Drag GT.
Further entries and support are encouraged and details can be seen here
The Eagle Spyder GT prepares for launch at the Windsor Concours
Running from the 1st to the 3rd of September 2016, this is a great opportunity to see our latest creation up close. Discover more about the event here
Announcing the Eagle Spyder GT
Our fourth evolution of the Jaguar E-Type, after the Eagle E-Type, the Eagle Speedster and the Eagle Low Drag GT.
With the poise and performance of the Low Drag GT and the exquisite styling of the Speedster, the Spyder GT’s raked windscreen and folding roof offer the best of both worlds – whatever the weather.
James May's Cars of the People
Two of our Jaguar E-Types feature very prominently in James May's Cars of the People, Series 2 Episode 1.
So is this the ultimate E-Type? We'd go further than that: the Eagle Low Drag GT is one of the very best cars we've ever driven, period.
Octane Magazine 2016 Calendar
Griff’s Great Britain features the Eagle Low Drag GT
In the third episode of the series, Griff visits the spectacular Scottish Highlands - and the Eagle Low Drag GT helps him get around with a little help from Paul Brace. It features at around the 5 minute mark if you want to get there quickly!
Eagle E-Type No.31 features in Billionaire magazine
The models Oliver Russell and Jordan Cohayney featured in the shoot for Billionaire magazine and we were pleased to provide Eagle E-Type 31 which was beautifully shot on Pevensey beach by the very talented Nick Thompson.
As well as a stunning driving experience, an Eagle E-Type also makes the ideal accessory for a high end photo shoot it seems. So if you're extremely glamorous, or just have an exquisite taste in automobiles you'll be pleased to hear that this very E-Type is currently for sale.
Success for Speedster No.3 in the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
We're delighted to announce that Eagle won the 'Modern Classics' class at the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Cartier 'Style et Luxe'
Judged by luminaries including Sir Jonathan Ive, The Cartier 'Style et Luxe' is possibly the most coveted car design competition in the world.
A very happy day down here at Eagle!
Goodwood Festival of Speed
We're particularly pleased as we were up against some very strong competition indeed, including the Singer Porsche 911, Bensport Bentley La Sarthe, the CMC Callum Jaguar Mk2, Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5, Evanta DB4 Barchetta and the Morgan 3-Wheeler.
Given the how enjoyable they were to use, Jaguar E-Types are seldom found today with genuine low miles. What we are offering here is even more exclusive - a fully restored Coupe to be completed by us to your specification.
Not only is this evocative coupe an authentic 16,000-mile example, but it is also a fabulous opportunity for you to select the final specification from our list of options and upgrades. While the matching numbers engine, gearbox and body have already been fully restored, the level of personalisation we can offer is limited only by your imagination. What’s more, with much of the more time-consuming phases already expertly completed, the lead-time for completion has been significantly reduced.
I love old cars, but what else could have done that journey with nothing more dramatic than a blown light bulb?
Martin Brundle to Simon Kidston, discussing a trans-European dash in his Eagle e-type
Eagle Speedster No.3 on the Cartier Lawn at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Part of a prestigious Beverly Hills car collection, Speedster No.3 is now available for immediate delivery in 'as new' condition. A star of numerous magazine features and often featured in daily newspapers (due in part to it's high profile owner driving it in Los Angeles) , it is enhanced with the full Eagle SuperSport specification - including the thrilling 4.7 litre engine.
With only four Speedsters built, if represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire what Jeremy Clarkson described thus:
"I think this, by a long way, is the most beautiful car I have ever seen. It might actually be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."
It can of course be changed to right hand drive if desired.
Eagle 35, the Eagle Team and delighted new owner Alain Monié at handover!
Eagle Low Drag GT No.2 assembly is underway...
The latest tip from Bernie Ecclestone, F1 boss and owner of a legendary classic car collection.
A beautifully rendered 3D model of the Low Drag GT No.3, which will feature some slight alterations to the door frame shape and rear roofline.
The Eagle Low Drag GT featured in a major segment in the new series of Top Gear that was transmitted on Sunday 8th March.
We managed to get some great photographs of 'behind the scenes', which we have added to our news page here.
We've just added three exquisite V12 E-Types to our E-Types for Sale section, including one owned by Jaguar Chairman William Hayden, one with just 8,884 miles from new, and a beautifully restored rare UK right hand drive example.
Perfect for enjoying the coming fine weather in style!
"An almost religious experience"
It's difficult to précis this article, so we thought we'd accompany some of James Lipman's extraordinary photography with some of Tom's quotes. You can read the full article in this month's Top Gear Magazine which is available now.
" The nose is less a bonnet and more a prow: eager, immense and beautiful. Launches like a proverbial scalded cat. "
" The finest interpretation of the character of old with the usability of new I have ever come across. There's instant reaction to the throttle, a crash of induction and then delicious, mechanical roar. "
" The most attention grabbing car in Miami. Drive the Eagle and you become instantly famous and universally adored. The world's most incredible automotive humblebrag. "
" A car you drive for the sheer hell of it, get up early for, possibly just sit and look at. When you get out of something wishing you could really own it, keep it forever and hand it down to your kids. It's not quite a religious experience but it comes damn close. "
The London Classic Car Show - a great success!
We were delighted by the success of the 1st London Classic Car Show.
It was great to see many of our current clients, and the whole show was stacked with celebrities and us normal folk too, enjoying a wonderful selection of classic marques and some brilliant displays. Martin Brundle was kept busy with questions about his career, and his E-Type, and it was great to welcome some famous names to our stand, including James May.
Next year promises to be even bigger and better, with the floor area increasing by 50% due to demand. It's starting to look like London may have gained it's equivalent of Retromobile or the Essen Techno-Classica. We have booked our stand for 2016 already - so we'll see you there.
Meet a racing legend - Martin Brundle at the London Classic Car Show
Eagle will be strongly featured at the London Classic Car Show that's taking place at Excel in London between the 8th and 11th of January 2015 - with a great selection of E-Types including Martin Brundle's Eagle E-Type.
Martin will be joining us between 5.30 and 7.30pm on the 8th, so if you want to meet a racing legend, here’s a great opportunity!
The Eagle Low Drag GT on Top Gear
The Eagle Low Drag GT features in a major segment in the new series of Top Gear that starts on Sunday 8th March. We'll advise when we're sure of the transmission date of the episode it's featured in.
The Eagle Speedster reviewed by John McLaren for Germanys VOX TV Auto Mobil show.
John McLaren commissioned Eagle E-Type No.1 over twenty years ago. He visited us recently in that very first Eagle - enabling a direct comparison between the very first and our latest evolutions - the Eagle Speedster.
Eagle at the London Classic Car Show
Eagle will be strongly featured at the London Classic Car Show that's taking place at EXCEL in London between the 8th and 11th January 2015. We'll be featuring a full selection of E-Types including the Eagle E-Type, the 'one of a kind' Eagle Low Drag GT and a certain Top Gear presenters favourite car - the Eagle Speedster.
The Eagle E-Type (a 1966 4.2 Roadster) will be driving the Grand Avenue, and there will be plenty of fine examples of 'the most beautiful car ever made' you can feast your eyes on - including Martin Brundle's Eagle E-Type.
We'll see you there!
Eagle E-Types feature in Jaguar World
Malcolm Griffiths photoshoot for Eagle
Eagle in Halycon - the Harrods Aviation magazine
A very complimentary and in-depth feature on Eagle is in Halycon, the inflight magazine of Harrods Aviation. You can read the latest issue with the Eagle feature here.
Mark Bramley wins the 2014 International Photography Awards with the Low Drag GT.
He took the winning set inside the Hush House jet engine testing hanger at RAF Bentwaters. See behind the scenes shots on our Facebook page.
Paris to Madrid Rally 2014
Congratulations to Marc Gordon and his daughter Rosa who completed the Paris to Madrid Rally that took place between 22-25 May 2014. They drove their 1966 Series 1 4.2 and were kind enough to send us some photos of their latest adventure.
Fitting the Speedster screen
Each Speedster screen is created using custom bonded glass to achieve that beautiful curved profile. When it comes to the fitting we trust our friends at JP Windshields with the precision job.
Forty years ago on the 12th of June 1974 production of the Jaguar E-Type ended and this remarkable Roadster was one of just a handful to have been built on that very day.
The last 50 E-Type chassis were earmarked as special Commemorative editions to celebrate the model’s longevity, sales success and cultural impact. Each was identical, made with right-hand drive, with Roadster bodies and finished in a distinctive Black paintwork over Cinnamon leather. Of the 50 Commemoratives this particular example was number 45 and, as such, the sixth to last E-Type ever made.
For us at Eagle it is thoroughly exciting to be able to offer this historically important Commemorative, which is quite possibly the latest example on the open market.
Ben Oliver from CAR Magazine reviews the Low Drag GT and finds "Like a Lamborghini Miura, the joy of driving it comes as much from the knowledge that you're piloting that extraordinary shape through the scenery; you feel like you're performing a public service."
On Thursday 29th May 2014, the charities Aspire and Hope for Tomorrow will be hosting a very special dinner celebrating the Le Mans 24 Hour Race - the most famous endurance race in the world - and the Eagle Speedster will be on display.
John McLaren & Eagle on German Television
Phil Heimlich from the German television channel VOX has been over at Eagle doing a story for the popular Auto Mobil programme. They spent some time filming the workshops and showrooms but predominantly focused on British author John McLaren arriving in his car, Eagle E-Type No.1, and then test driving the Speedster as if he was a potential buyer.
John is a key fixture in the history of Eagle. When he first visited us in 1991, he owned a 'conventionally restored' E-type from elsewhere but was disappointed. He asked if we could restore him an E-Type without compromise - and upgrade it to be more reliable with increased performance. This was Eagle E-Type No.1.
Motorhead Magazine visit Eagle
Norihide Tohyama and Maruo Kono are visiting Eagle from Motorhead in Japan. Maruo is the top photographer on this brilliant lifestyle & culture magazine, so we're expecting some great pictures which we'll update here as soon as we can.
CAR magazine video shoot
Back to Beachy Head with Chris Chilton, the writer and presenter from CAR magazine who travelled down for the upcoming feature on the Low Drag GT. They were not as lucky with the weather as our French friends. We'll update here as soon as the feature is published.
Jean-Pierre Gagick and camera man Davide Beaucaire flew over from Paris for Automoto -the most popular motoring programme in France. See more here.
Around and about Eagle in April 2014.
Martin Brundle & his Eagle
We recently built racing legend and F1 commentator Martin Brundle an S1 4.2 Coupe to his personal specification and finished in Black with Tan leather. The maiden voyage was from the Silverstone Grand Prix to Italy via the Alps!
The Sunday Times reviews the Eagle Speedster
Until recently the Head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans now writes an occasional column on classic cars for The Sunday Times. We recently went down to Brighton for the photoshoot and we'll feature his review soon.
The Eagle Low Drag GT to feature in CAR magazine
We're delighted to announce that CAR magazine will shortly be running a feature on Eagle and the Low Drag GT.
We'll feature the review in detail here as soon as possible.
Henry Catchpole & EVO
The stunning photography of Dean Smith works well with Mr. Catchpole's eloquence in describing the Low Drag GT. The magazine is on the shelves now and we have to say, we're thrilled with the piece. Hopefully you can see it online soon as well.
Heading off to the sunshine..
Speedster No.3 is (carefully) heading off to a new home in the sun, and the ever-reliable Andrew Batt from Silver Transport is handling the delicate task. Our very own Steve Head can be seen carefully loading No.3 ready for the start of an epic journey.
Andrew Frankel in Autocar
A very enthusiastic review from Andrew Frankel in Autocar reinforces yet again the amazing reaction of the motoring press to the Low Drag GT. You can read the précis here, or even better invest in a copy of Autocar for the full story.
The world of Eagle E-Types
Behind the scenes and across the world!
Simon Cowell buys an Eagle Lightweight Speedster
The Bugatti Veyron has gone, and instead Mr. Cowell has opted for our Lightweight Speedster which we're sending out to the USA for him.
He came down to take a look, and seems rather happy as his recent Tweet attests.
Henry Catchpole winds the Low Drag round the lanes of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, and waxes rather lyrical about it's qualities.
It's a great film from EVO and very much worth a watch.
Eagle E-Type 27 appears on Channel 4
Featured in the Channel 4 documentary 'How to Be a Billionaire', Eagle E-Type No. 27 gets plenty of screen time. You can catch up with the programme here.
And you really don't need to be a Billionaire to buy an Eagle E-Type.
An E-Type with the benefit of hindsight? Every sweeping, snarling, gorgeous inch of it.
Andrew Frankel, Autocar, March 2014
The new 'responsive' Eagle website is here
The new site brings together everything about Eagle in one place, and works as well on your mobile phone as it does on your iPad or computer. As ever, it's built by our friends at Oxygen.
Jason Barlow gets behind the wheel and does seem rather impressed with the whole thing. You can read his review and impressions of the Low Drag here.
The assembly of Speedster No.4 begins
The assembly of Speedster No.4 is underway - and here's a very brief taster of the colour, which we love. We'll be following the build on the site step by step.
The Daily Telegraph, Chris Evans for the Mail on Sunday, Chris Frankel for Autocar and Charis Whitcombe for Classic Driver...and more! Read the reviews here.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director speaks
"If I were to have an E-type it would have to be the Eagle Speedster - I just love that car. It’s just how I would have designed it; it taking the E-type Jaguar’s purity to a whole new level".
A glimpse behind the scenes!
As part of the amazing publicity that the Eagle Low Drag GT has generated since the launch, there's been photoshoots happening all over England.
Sometimes the 'snaps' taken during a shoot are just as interesting as the final images used in magazines and websites. Here's a few to give you an insight...
We are delighted to have been invited to both of Chris Evan's Carfest events with our E-Type Speedster, which had a great reception.
We prepare our E-Types to be used - and used for Grand Touring especially. As such we get no greater pleasure than seeing them doing just that.
Phil Garratt and Keiron Brown achieved great success on the Trans America Rally, driving 8500 miles on gravel roads through expansive wilderness.
The Speedster joins some splendid icons on The Mall in London
Only Top Gear could assemble such an incredible array of machinery in front of Buckingham Palace.
We were there with the Eagle Speedster and we got some great 'behind the scenes' images that we think you'll enjoy...
The unveiling of the Low Drag GT took place at the Concours d'Elegance in St. James Park, alongside some rather special automobiles.
See some images from the weekend here.
Our Low Drag GT features on the cover alongside the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in this months Top Gear Magazine. See the "behind-the-scenes" snaps from the two days at Dunsfold.
We are pleased to see our earliest E-Type being used for the new set of Royal Mail stamps featuring six definitive British classic cars. It's for sale if you want to drive something immortalised by the Royal Mail.