Team GB´s golden girl Jessica Ennis has proven herself to be no slouch on the athletics track. Now, she´s set to keep the pace going in a new set of wheels ahead of her appearance at a major parade.
The heptathlon gold medallist at the London 2012 Games will be at the wheel of a Jaguar F-Type at the Lord Mayor´s Show in the City of London on November 10. The 26-year-old, who particularly impressed on the track segments of her multi-discipline sport, admitted that she got an adrenaline rush while trying out the luxury sports car for the first time on a test track, although to be fair the F-Type is not the same experience as driving your typical used car.
The ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport said: "I did get quite excited the other day when I was driving it - we got up to about 150mph and I don´t think I can run that fast! It was a massive adrenaline rush, it´s great to experience that kind of speed. But I don´t think I´ll be reaching that kind of speed anytime soon."
Ennis, who must be one of the front-runners for the Sports Personality of the Year award, said that she cannot see who would ultimately take the award, and said that the quality of the 12 nominees made it very difficult to choose any one outstanding candidate. She said: "I think any of the 12 nominees that are up for it will be worthy winners. It will be a great night; the excitement of the evening, celebrating the year and it will be a nice surprise to see who wins."
Ennis was presented with the F-Type car she will drive in the Lord Mayor´s Show in St Paul´s Vista, London. The car was revealed globally for the first time at the 2012 Paris Motor Show a few weeks ago. The car will be making its UK debut alongside two more famous E-Type models, which were first produced in the 1960s.
The gold medallist will drive the car for the three-and-a-half-mile route around Bank and Aldwych. The show will feature 18 vintage cars, as well as a classic steamroller, alongside the talents of 6,500 people. Half a million people are expected to tune into the BBC broadcast of the show, which will see Alderman Roger Gifford making an appearance one day after he takes office as the 685th Lord Mayor of London.
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