For those that feared the worst for Jaguar's Heritage operations after news last month that the Heritage Museum would be shutting down this fall, it appears the division is merely shifting its focus: now on to racing.

Well, historic racing, to be precise. The new Jaguar Heritage Racing program will see support of racing C-Type and D-Type cars from the factory for the first time since 1956. The JHR calendar will include historic and other events, including the Mille Miglia and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Competitive racing is also part of the program, as the team will be tackling the Nurburgring Nordschleife for the AVD Oldtimer Grand Prix. "The Nring Nordschleife presents a unique automotive challenge that Jaguar's development team continually subject our current and future models to in order to perfect their attributes of quality, durability and dynamic precision. To also see historic works Jaguars in competitive action at the Nring this year will be fascinating," said Frank Klaas, Jaguar-Land Rover global head of communications.

Indeed, it will be fascinating to see the old Jags take to the track in proper anger once again. The Goodwood Revival is also on the list of events this year.

For a look at some stunning imagery from Jaguar's racing history, check out the video below.