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PUBLISHED: 09:25 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 12 July 2010

A CAVALCADE of classic

Jaguar cars will drive through Norfolk this spring to mark the county's links with the designer of its most iconic model - the E type.

A CAVALCADE of classic

Jaguar cars will drive through Norfolk this spring to mark the county's links with the designer of its most iconic model - the E type.

The sleek lines of the 1960s sports car, which have even earned it a place in a New York art museum, were created by Malcolm Sayer, who was born at Cromer and went to school at Yarmouth.

In May a parade of 20 cars dating from 1948 to 2008 will visit both resorts to celebrate their connections.

Mr Sayer, who also created the C and D Types which won the Le Mans 24 hour race in the 1950s, was born at St Mary's Road in Cromer in May 1916.

An English Heritage plaque will be put on his former house during the special day on Saturday, May 24.

A display of cars will also be held in the town's North Lodge Park from 10.30am to 2pm, before they head to Yarmouth, for a similar display between 3pm and 7pm at the High School - the former Grammar School, where a young Malcolm was a pupil and his father a teacher.

Another plaque will be unveiled at the school and both towns will host civic receptions.

The cavalcade would include almost every model produced by Jaguar over the past 60 years, said event organiser Mike Tomlin, from the Challenger E Type Owners Club, which is sponsoring and arranging the event with the Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust in co-operation with Cromer Town Council and Great Yarmouth High School with research and support from English Heritage.

Mr Sayer worked for Jaguar from 1950, but died in 1970 from a heart attack.

He was one of the world's greatest car designers said Mr Tomlin, from Fakenham.

There had been an earlier memorial to him at Loughborough University, where he studied, but it was fitting to have two more in his home county.

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