Representatives' Event Reports

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17 November - UK Lancashire and Cumbria - Pub meet

 "Lancashire & Cumbria region held their monthly pub meet-up on the 17 November (The third Wednesday of the month). This month they met at the Longlands Inn at Tewitfield, not far from junction 35 of the M6.

 

There were ten of us, including spouses.  E-types and XK's stayed at home but John Howarth came along in his beautiful Jaguar Mk.2 3.4litre.

 

Topics of discussion included garage doors, interesting places to visit in the region and our upcoming Christmas lunch at the Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club.

 

For details of the Christmas lunch on 15th December and our future pub meet-ups please contact Nigel Walker."

20 October - UK Lancashire and Cumbria - Pub meet

Lancashire & Cumbria region held their monthly pub meet-up on the 20th October (the third Wednesday of the month, as usual). It was Lancashire's turn to host at The Bluebird Inn, Salmesbury and a friendly group of seven enjoyed the evening.  Topics of discussion included the Bond Equipe (produced in nearby Preston), series 3 suspension and restomods.

 

The weather forecast was not good so XKs and Es stayed at home but XK Club member John Howarth brought his Jaguar MkII.

A very interesting tale from our Norwegian Rep, Fred Ljone...

In the late eighties a 1950 XK 120 OTS basketcase was imported into Norway.  Neither the Canadian seller nor Dag Arne Skjærholt, the buyer, realised the rarity of this car until a slow restoration eventually had begun.  Not long after work had been completed, mainly in Guy Broad’s competent hands, the Norwegian owner sadly died.  Earlier this year NRK, the national equivalent to BBC, approached his grown up children Inger and Arne in connection with a series of television interviews on families in an inheritance situation.  When asked the value of that elegant old Jaguar they decided to pass that question to me, being the Norwegian XK registrar plus XK Club representative.  I hastily involved our Philip Porter plus the well-respected model specialist Paul Abadjian of Retro Classics Ltd for an up-to-date price indication.  The TV team decided to have the XK value presented in my hobby car hole in the wall (please forgive me the poor photos).  Before indicating anything I made sure that the lady TV reporter fully grasped that she was standing next to build number 107 of the mere 183 RHD of the total of 240 XK 120 Open Two-seater Super Sports interim hand built aluminium-and-ash production series.  Presenting a GBP 200 to 300,000 expectation bracket in the international collector’s and auction’s marketplace was underlined with the fact that this represented a careful 3 to 5 times the price of an 'ordinary' 120.

No wonder why madhouses are full of people who in their reckless youth gave away of scrapped 'an old, terrible and unfinished Monday car that the factory later produced in more organised series'!

17 October - UK East Anglia - Autumn Drive

Being later in the Autumn, and with only three weeks’ notice of the new date, the number of entrant’s this time was reduced. So, with full tanks we set off on a damp Sunday morning and had an uneventful drive over to Wansford.

Abigail’s daughter and their two sons were waiting to make sure we could line up at the front of the Paper Cup facing Wansford High Street. The showers had stopped and the six entrants all arrived for coffee in good time, including Peter Leech from neighbouring Lincolnshire, in his very nice Indigo blue 150 DHC.

Bridget and I had decided to take the ‘banger racer’, 150 FHC, Arthur and Sue Gilmour were in their lovely 140 DHC, with the tan hood up, Brian and Heather Monks in their immaculate 150 DHC, Toby and Abigail had their very nice, original, 120 OTS complete with fly screens, and Charles Atkinson, with his friend Steve were in his splendid 4.5 litre pre-war Vauxhall 30/98 open tourer. (His 140 OTS being halfway through it’s restoration).

After coffee we set off on a fabulous drive into Northamptonshire and then Rutland, going through a number of lovely villages with their beautiful sandstone houses and passing the impressive Welland Valley viaduct and Eye Brook Reservoir, which was used as a practice site in the Second War for the Dambuster raids.

Unfortunately it did start to rain. Those with roofs were fine, those with hoods were quickly erected leaving our leaders in the 120 OTS and the open Vauxhall to battle the elements. It all went quite well as we were mostly able to travel at 50mph, until a large tractor got in the way and speeds dropped to 30mph, which meant the rain fell in the open cars a bit….

After a few miles the tractor thankfully turned off and more sensible speeds were attained. We  went through Uppingham and then through more lovely countryside into the lovely town of Stamford  before joining the A1 for a quick blast back south to Wansford.

We lined up again outside the Paper Cups Pub and then had a very pleasant lunch. To my relief, the slightly reduced numbers did not affect the great time we had and if anything made it more memorable.

Many thanks to Abigail, Toby and their family for looking after us so well, and in addition to the great organisation, providing very informative notes about interesting places on route.

15-17 OctoberAustria - Classic Expo Salzburg

XK and E-type Club members enjoyed a nostalgic time from October 15 to 17, 2021. Classic cars from around 300 exhibitors from 12 nations lined up again, creating a nostalgic flair in the exhibition halls and inviting visitors to take a trip into the past. This year, too, numerous exclusive vintage cars were admired by around 20,000 visitors, as well as an extensive parts market and the Dorotheum auction.  

 

There was a special show marking 60 years of the Jaguar E-type - the design icon and pioneer in terms of speed and performance The special show of the Jaguar Club Austria in cooperation with the exhibition management offered not only 9 E-types of the three Series in different versions, but also expert and insider knowledge, which the visitors and numerous club members used to talk shop.

 

The Classic Expo starts its next round from October 14 to 16 2022.

10 October UK Lancashire and Cumbria - Southport Classic and Speed event

 From Nigel Walker: "On Sunday 10 October, members from Lancashire and Merseyside attended the first Southport Classic and Speed event, organised by Aintree Circuit Club in the town's Victoria Park.  The event celebrated over a century of motoring history including a record-breaking motor sporting heritage. Sir Henry Segrave set the World Speed Record at 152.33mph on Southport beach in 1926.

 From a fully working "toolroom recreation" of an 1886 Benz, the first motor car, to modern day nitro-injected drifters, bikes, trucks and steam traction engines, there was something to interest every petrolhead. Jaguars of note were a short-nose D-type 1RWW and a timber framed XK 120 9YGN. According to a plaque on the dashboard this is a factory produced "Exact replica" of the Jabbeke record breaking car.

 In honour of the 60th anniversary, there was an award for Best E-type, won by Jack Ashcroft's beautiful 1961 OBL OTS. Originally from Merseyside Jack now lives in Scotland and came down for the event to promote his motorhome hire business. The car is for sale too - contact Nigel Walker if you'd like to get in touch with Jack.

 At the end of the day exhibitors joined a parade along the town's famous Lord Street and promenade, the route of a sprint run in 1903- Southport's first motor sport event.  I've heard positive feedback from visitors, exhibitors and the organisers alike and the event will run again in September 2022."

September 15 - UK Lancashire and Cumbria - Pub meet

"September saw the Lancashire & Cumbria region holding their regular monthly pub meet-up at The Longland Hotel near Carnforth. Three cars attended and seven people sat down to a pleasant meal together." Thank you Nigel Walker.

5 September US Kansas - Heartland All British Car & Cycle show

From Ken Smiley: This annual event was held once again at the Merriam Kansas farmer’s market at Werner Park. Over 200 cars and motorcycles were in attendance representing an extensive variety of British machinery,” writes area representative, Ken Smiley. “I entered my 1956 XK 140 Roadster in the “O '' category for Jaguar Sports cars pre-1975, which meant it was up against both XKs and E-types in the judging. 

 

The show ran from 10am until 2pm with winners announced thereafter. I had the good fortune of two of my cousins coming to see me (or was it the car?) at the show.  One of them had travelled all the way from Memphis, Tennessee for the visit. The organizers of the show had set up food trucks on site along with a DJ spinning some classic tunes from such obscure British groups as the Rolling Stones and some other lads from Liverpool. 

 

While good times were had by all, we did receive one sad piece of news. The main person behind organizing and running the show for the last decade, John Styers, was in the hospital. He later succumbed to his illness (non-Covid) and passed away on September 19th. His funeral on October 2nd was filled with British cars as all of us brought them in honor of John.

 

On the brighter side of things, I took 1st place in my category followed by Kris Gamble who took 2nd and 3rd with his E-type and XK 150. I am told that despite John’s passing, this show will continue to be held every Labor Day weekend in the future. If you find yourself in the Heartland of the US, please drop by.

4-5 September France South - Club Tour

The XK and E-type Clubs had a meeting in Escragnolles and Gorges du Verdon in the south of France, featuring fine meals, music and a mystery tour. With 14 people on the tour, growing to 28 for the evening party (organised by new member Danny Constantinis) this was a fine Riviera event. A great time was had by all. Thank you to Jean-Charles Bello!

August 30 - UK Hampshire - Gosport Annual Vehicle Rally

The weather was dry but dull although it warmed up slightly - there were two XKs and one E-type," writes Michael Clayforth-Carr. "It was a well-attended event and I'm guessing some 300 vehicles in total - some lovely cars. I couldn't attend in my XK because it still had the front suspension off. The XK guys thought it was a worthwhile event and thought we should make a push for more members to attend next year. I must say I had never been before despite living down here for over 30 years - but I now feel confident in recommending it!"

UK West Midlands & North Wales

Shropshire and Herefordshire Black & White villages

 

Long delayed due to Covid, but finally we had 11 cars starting from Queenswood Arboretum near Leominster.  Sarah King from the Club was there to meet us and wave us off on our 45 mile trail through lovely villages lined with iconic 16th & 17th Century Black and White timbered houses.

Dilwyn, Weobley, Pembridge, Eardisland and Kingsland, before arriving at Ludlow with so many such historic buildings along our route through the Town Centre. Stokesay Castle near Craven Arms had reserved an area of their lawn, where we lined up our cars, close to the Tea Shop, for our picnic.  Here we were joined by the 12th car and by expressions of admiration from the English Heritage staff and other visitors to the castle.

Photos from Queenswood and Stokesay show a red MGC intruder belonging to Martin Reynolds, Rep for S. Midlands, who still awaits the completion of his XK150 restoration.

 A good day out in great company.

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25 August

UK Gloucester, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Oxon

Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival

“A great event with a marvellous range of cars - from the Marina to several Bugatti,” writes Martin Reynolds.

Good weather certainly helped. We hope to have some pictures shortly.

22 August

11 August

UK South Midlands

Treasure Hunt
Congratulations to Rob and Annie Powell, who won ‘The
Treasure Hunt’ on 11 August, writes Martin Reynolds. The start
and finish point was The Evenlode at Eynsham, Oxfordshire,
a pub that has undergone a transformation to a lovely and
friendly venue in recent years. The route took in Standlake,
Bampton, Alvescot, Great Barrington, Taynton and Swinbrook.
Rob and Annie’s prize was a bottle of Roebuck Estates
cuvée. One of the best English cuvées available. Thoroughly
deserved considering some of the questions were considered
‘ambiguous’. Well done to everyone involved.

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8 August

UK Dorset

Dorset Club Run

Our little annual August Gathering of the Clans in Darkest Dorset looked a bit doubtful for quite some time because the folks at the main chosen venue, Barrington Court, a National Trust property, were simply not prepared to commit to anything until very close to the date we had chosen.

 

Then they tried to tie us up with red tape. What third party liability did the club have? Was everybody prepared to put a drip tray under their car? And at one point they wanted us to commit to quite a large number of their lunches, because it could be that they were facing low revenue because many club members may not be National Trust members! Anyway, all was resolved in the end, and the date and venue were set.


XK Club member Geraldine Wills had very kindly offered her home for the final stopping point of the day. Then it looked like we might be approaching 30 cars, because of the euphoria of getting out and about in old cars post-Covid restrictions, and this was too many for them. Undaunted, Geraldine talked to her close neighbour Russell Willcox (a V12 E-type owner), and he and his lovely Spanish wife Ana very graciously offered their beautiful home as an alternative for the final stop.


So, Sunday 8 August finally arrived and most of us awoke to rain lashing against the windows. Ouch! Inevitably, there were some who decided
not to venture out on such a ghastly day, and that was fair enough. Philip and Julie Porter were staying with us (as were Ted and Hilary Rollason), and we set off from home in Ted’s XK 120, Philip’s 140, and our 150 to see if we would be the only people mustering at Queen Mother Square, Poundbury. Our minds were slightly set at rest when, peering through the feeble efforts of 60-plus-year-old wiper technology, we could...

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UK East Midlands

(Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire)

Open day at P & K Thornton

“We love to smile, but we love making other people smile more! We had a fantastic day inviting the local XK Club members.

 

The weather held up, breakfast was sensational and it was very good to see so many people and cars turn up for our event,” writes Chip Nistorica.

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7 August

7 August

UK Kent

Turner Classics Open Day

"The Kent area of both the E-type and XK Clubs had a very enjoyable and successful gathering at the premises of Turner Classics in Manston (as advertised in the Club magazine). Despite a very unpromising weather forecast we had 11 members and their cars in attendance, and the rain showers mostly stayed to the west of us."

Many thanks to Keith Baker and his E-type Club counterpart for coordinating.

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UK West Midlands & North Wales

Scenic DrIve to Snowdonia and Lake Vyrnwy

Much delayed by the pandemic, we finally succeeded in getting together and driving 197 miles through great scenery and good weather over two days.

15 cars had signed up, but at the last moment Covid consigned one couple to self isolation and another being “pinged” by track & trace. So 13 cars completed the route.

Martin Reynolds, Rep for S. Midlands, his XK not yet finished, brought his 420, and three members from his area. John & Margaret Ellison’s XK140 was being worked on at CMC, so they came by Volvo.

Nine cars met for coffee and an interesting guided tour at CMC Bridgnorth and then set off to the Horseshoe Pass above Llangollen where we were joined by the other four cars at the Ponderosa Cafe.

After lunch  the 13 of us meandered through Snowdonia National Park to Bala Lake and then an exhilarating and, at times scary, mountainous route to Lake Vyrnwy where the hotel has a commanding position above the lake. Our private dining room that evening gave us superb views over the lake as the sun went down.

Next morning we were joined by another local member and were back up to 14 cars for the drive through more of the National Park and over Llanberis Pass to Betws y Coed, where we had lunch before departing our own ways home.

A recce of the route five days earlier showed that one important road was due for closure on our due date, necessitating last minute amendments to the route book. Good job we checked!!

With the exception of a faulty fuel gauge, which resulted in one car taking a shortcut, all cars performed well.

This two day drive and its location attracted participation from a far wider geographical area than the normal 40 mile drive to lunch. Some had not visited Snowdonia since their school days, others not at all.

Two lunches and an evening dinner, gave time for conversation, exchange of technical info and advice and generally making good friends. And the good weather was the icing on the cake.

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14-15 July

For older event reports, please check past issues of the XK Gazette