Welcome to the International Jaguar XK Club
We are all about globetrotting this month, because we are delighted that we will be joined by several US and European members at Club Weekend. It has been such a miserable time over the past year or so with overseas travel stopped, or at least severely curtailed, for so long. We hope that more of you may be tempted to make the journey in June.
And there’s plenty going on in the opposite direction as well in 2022. We are particularly taken with the Andalucia Tour that starts in October. Organised by Stewart Cusden of Classics on the Road, you can expect a wonderful mix of popular and off-the-beaten-track driving routes, stylish hotels and lashings of delicious local food. Que fabulosa!
Closer to home are the Backwater Tours events of Paul Trill. Paul’s tours are club favourites and usually book up very quickly. However, we have heard that two places have become available on the Yorkshire Dales Tour taking place in May. As an added enticement, the lucky participants will have the pleasure of Louise’s company for the trip because she will be hosting on Paul’s behalf. Form an orderly queue!
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5-11 May 2023
New for 2023
The website, which is actively managed and often updated daily, has a 'Members’ Only' section with a library of technical articles and is ever-expanding.
The Club’s emphasis is very much on using our cars – the XK was designed to be driven!
Thus we have a wide range of events from runs to international tours, from lunches to weekends, from track days to technical seminars. Many are free of charge or the cost is modest. Above all, we aim to give value for money. Some are organised by HQ, and some by our splendid volunteer Representatives around the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and many other countries.
Every so often, as I start to write one of these editorials, I open the calculator app on my phone and divide the issue number by 12. Having just done this exercise has made me realise that we are only a few months away from our 25th anniversary. That is truly extraordinary. If you had told Julie or me in 1997 that we would still be going strong 25 years later, I am not sure how we would have reacted! It has been, though, an extraordinary journey. A theme I have returned to quite a few times over the years is that everything is ‘team work’, whether that be our office staff, our Representatives, our remotely based colleagues, our crucial advertisers or, of course, our members. In all that we do, we like long-term relationships. Many of our members joined at the start of this journey or shortly after. The loyalty, and friendships, have been truly inspiring. I can say the same about our team. It is the loyalty and friendships that have kept us going and elevated the club above a mere bunch of people interested in a particular type of classic car. This is a theme to which we…
David Beckham gives electric XK 140 to his son
David Beckham has presented his son Brooklyn, and his daughter-in-law Nicola, with an all-electric Jaguar XK 140 OTS, restored and electrified by Lunaz, as a gift to mark his eldest child’s wedding in Palm Beach, FL, USA. David Beckham has been an investor in Lunaz since June 2021. The company electrifies classic vehicles and is among the UK’s fastest-growing companies. The XK 140 was fully restored, modernised and electrified in Silverstone, England. It was commissioned by Beckham and is the product of thousands of hours of work from the company’s 120 craftspeople, designers and Electric Vehicle technicians. It was prepared entirely in-house with new, modern technology that is discreetly hidden. Dials and switches faithfully reflect the original Jaguar design...
XKs in the News
Peter Stanway recounts the trials, tribulations and eventual success with his latest XK 150
Just before the first lockdown, in February 2020, I purchased this XK 150 3.4 SE DHC (chassis number S827151 DN and registration number SSL 719) at a Coys auction. It was intended as a replacement XK 150 for a beautiful Mist Grey DHC automatic, in which I took part in the XK Club Round Britain Prostate Cancer charity drive in 2019 (below left).
That car was stolen on the first Friday night in November 2019 – clever because few of the regulatory bodies are working, the Metropolitan Police weren’t interested or helpful, and strangely neither were the insurers. The car is sadly still missing. I was advised later that it was likely to have been stolen to order and was probably in Eastern Europe, Russia or the Gulf.
SSL 719 appeared to be in very good condition, all matching numbers and with good photographic records of an earlier restoration in 2000. I collected the car from the auctioneers at Olympia and did some basic checks, including the oil and coolant levels, and set off for CBR Restorations at Walsall in heavy rain.
The controls were a bit iffy, which was a bit of a test, but at least the wipers worked, and the hood was fine – as good as it looked, with no leaks. What was alarming, however, was that the car...
Why Buy an XK?
Apart from the emotional aspects, there are a number of hard-headed reasons to buy a classic XK.
Reliability – there is no point in owning a classic car unless you can use and enjoy it, and do so with confidence it is not going to let you down. We have members who have clocked up 100,000 miles in 10 years, in some of the world’s toughest terrain, with no problems. All the XK mechanical components were used in the higher volume saloon cars (sedans) and many were proved at Le Mans. This makes the XKs different...
Why Join the XK Club?
The opportunity to participate in a wide range of International events, including tours, track days, dinners, factory tours, motoring weekends, hillclimbs and lunches
Monthly 68+ page magazine —The XK Gazette
Expert technical advice
Free Classified advertisements
Discounts on parts, services & more
Porter Press International
Porter Press publishes the finest selection of top quality Jaguar books in the world, bar none and these are just some of the titles in their portfolio...
Check with Club HQ for your member discount code (valid on most Porter Press titles).
The story of one of the six alloy-bodied XK 120s that were prepared by Jaguar in 1950 for racing and rallying.
It raced in some of the most prestigious events of the time, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Mille Miglia (twice) and the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod.