January 1st, 2003
In 2003, Jaguar launched the Jaguar Vintage Racing Team, becoming the first manufacturer to have its own vintage racing team, joining Jaguar’s Formula One and Trans Am teams. The father-son team of Bob and Art Hebert were chosen by manager Brian Donovan of Donovan Motorsports as the team’s first drivers. Bob, one of the most successful vintage racers in the U.S. with over 100 victories, drove a 1967 E-Type Roadster that had won an SCCA Championship in the late 1960s. Art drove a 1961 E-Type Roadster that had been raced throughout the Northeast in the 1960s.
The Jaguar Vintage Racing Team has won, or finished first in class, at every track they have raced, including Sebring, Watkins Glen, Road America Line Rock Park, Sonoma Raceway, California Speedway, Virginia International Raceway, Moroso, Summit Point and others. The historic racing program has been a tremendous success for Jaguar, their fans, and the vintage racing community, bringing sponsorship to numerous major vintage races and introducing thousands of new fans to the sport of vintage racing.