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Representatives' Event Reports

Area Representatives – Past Events

Thank you to all our Area Representatives who organise activities and events for their local members.

And, of course, for sharing their event reports afterwards!

2024

NEW: Midlands – New Dawn Inn lunch, 30 April

The new Dawn Inn at Norton on the A38 between Gloucester and Tewkesbury was the venue for the first gathering of the year. Blessed with fine weather ten XK's made the journey and eighteen members sat down to a delicious lunch. The venue has plenty of parking and the staff attentive and friendly. It was excellent to meet everyone. Thank you to all who attended. The next will be in July/August.

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UK East Anglia

On Sunday 7th April we had our first meeting of 2024, traditionally called the East Anglia Spring Drive. We met for coffee at The Angel Public House at Larling, just off A11, a couple of miles South of Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. The turnout was excellent with eleven XK's and two E-types, with a total of twenty four participants. The weather was extremely kind, albeit breezy, and the best day for quite a while, which was good as there were quite a few OTS' s and DHC's, including Roger King in his recently finished, immaculate XK 140 DHC. We set off at 11am on a 35 mile drive through Shropham, Great Ellingham and Attleborough, then into Old Buckenham where we visited the Airfield, which in WW2 was home to the USAAF 543rd Bombardment group. This included the famous American actor, James Stewart, who was a pilot there. One of our regulars, Jules Greenway, had arranged with his friend "Biff" to show us a military 1930's Piper Cub L-4 Grasshopper reconnaissance plane, (as used in the film, The Battle of the Bulge), which had been lovingly restored fifteen years ago. Afterwards, there was time to visit the small, but very interesting, 543rd Museum before we headed back to the Angel at Larling for lunch in their private dining room. A great day with a lovely group of XK enthusiasts.

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UK Surrey

On Sunday we had an excellent turnout at The Black Swan at Ockham. Thank you to Lawrence, Simon and Jane, Robert, Martin, Doug and of course Margaret as always . The weather held and the traffic amazingly was very light so all of you who feared for 5 hour jams were disappointed.. Everyone was invited to talk about their cars, the history and where they drive, and whilst we don't all have Robert's racing experience, there were lots to talk about. Interestingly we were approached by Keith Benjamin, the Managing Director of Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and a long conversation ensued which may lead to further events. I am still thinking about this year's programme and hope to be in touch with you all again within the month.

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UK Surrey

New Years Day Brooklands: The meeting was held as usual for the New Years Day parade at Brooklands. About 100 cars attended and 12 XKs were able to come together. The weather was a little chilly but the atmosphere was good. Excellent to welcome Peter and Tina Reeves, Adrian Gray, Robert Leishman, Lawrence  and Jane Gordon, Michael Ballard , Jools Cranwell, Bill and Sue Lawes. The cars looked magical lined up and attracted much interest from the visitors

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2023

UK Surrey

General News: We have had a mixed response to the meetings this year. However the 2 meetings at The Black Swan at Ockham have been a big success and will be repeated this year. Other venues are being considered.

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UK Cheshire

From Mike Bielinski, “Cheshire held its annual Xmas Party at the Bulls head Mottram St Andrew 18th December. As per last year we had another great turnout of 9 couples and 2 solos . It was particularly good since we did not have a great season of decent weather and a few of us had decided to escape for the sun . Consequently our runs were sparsely populated or cancelled/postponed. So this Party gave us a great opportunity to catch up on each other's travels both near and far, four couples drove across to France including Le Mans and the Circuit des Remparts In fact Steve Ahsworth ( that's him in the Kilt) wrote a great article for the gazette - he is brave, some would say reckless, a man that enjoys doing things a little differently. Chris and I made a great trip through Italy,Switzerland and Alsace, sadly not in the XK but in our old Aston Rapide which ate up the high winding passes and the long quiet roads with the advantage of more space for wine and of course Chris's clothes! Here's to a a better season in 2024" Thank you very much Mike!

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USA Texas – 14 October

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“Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun…” the object of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” only had to travel to San Antonio this year to see the total eclipse and attend the Alamo City Jaguar Club’s 30th ‘Ring of Fire’ Concours d’Elegance. The event was held Saturday, October 14th at the spectacular new Cavender Jaguar / Land Rover dealership in Northwest San Antonio, nearly dead center in the “path of totality”. The dealership is 100% powered by solar panels, under which we were able to place most of the cars in the shade. A late clearing sky and a beautiful sunny day with mild temperatures allowed everyone to enjoy a great show, great fellowship and the experience of having achieved 90% “totality” during lunch while listening to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. A total of 17 cars were judged with six cars in Champion Division, one in Special Division and ten in Driven Division. Many thanks to club president Brian Blackwell, vice president for Concours Gabriel Renero, Activities Director Fran Curran and hard-working club members for planning a flawless event. A special thanks to Ms. Faylin Miller and staff of Cavender Jaguar Land Rover of San Antonio for organizing an event enjoyed by all. An awards banquet was held Saturday evening. Winner of the King of Class Trophy was Ben Davis of the Jaguar Owners Association of North Texas with his gorgeous 1957 XK140 FHC.

USA California North

Report from Tim Barnes The last group event of 2023 was sponsored by British Sports Cars and a local restaurant. There was a British theme to it and I brought my XK 120 race car. However, the race car was the only XK there as Club members live too far away for such a casual event. In terms of my own activities, I have been racing this summer and am about to finish the season with two very nice events, one a Laguna Seca this weekend, and the other at Sonoma Raceway in mid-November. I do not come close to the front but enjoy immensely the comradery of fellow competitors.

UK East Anglia – Annual XK Club Autumn Drive, Sunday 15 October

It was organised by Heather and Brian Monks and started at their home in Saxthorpe. Nine cars and their drivers and navigators met there and were treated to croissants, scones and coffee. It was good to welcome Morag and Roger King to their first meeting even if they were in a fastback Mustang GT. Roger assures me his newly finished XK 140 will be ready for the spring and we look forwards to seeing it, having avidly read his fascinating articles about the restoration in the Gazette. Brian gave out the route instructions and we set off to our mystery WW2 installation. We drove through pretty Norfolk villages, through Holt and ended up at the Langham Dome, just off the North Norfolk coast. This is one of 46 training domes built in 1943 to teach anti-aircraft gunners how to shoot down enemy planes. In essence a real film was projected onto the inside of the dome and a gun fitted with a laser was used to teach the gunners where to aim. After a talk and opportunity to have a go, we left the dome and continued on our drive, now heading South until we arrived at the Three Horseshoes Public House in Briston, for lunch. There we were met by new members, Alison and Paul Markillie who could not make the drive due to other commitments but had driven from the other side of Kings Lynn to join us for lunch. We had a great turnout; the weather was perfect and everybody enjoyed the day. Many thanks to Heather and Brian for their hospitality and impeccable organisation.

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France/Swiss Alps – 31st Swiss Classic British car meeting in St Prex, 7 October

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After 30 years, the annual Swiss Classic British car meeting moved to a new venue. From Morges near Lausanne to a nearby picturesque village of St Prex, still on the shores of Lake Geneva. It all started 30 years ago. Keith Wynn, a British car enthusiast living in Switzerland, had the original idea at that time to invite local British classic car owners for an informal gathering. This event has grown to become one of the most well attended on the continent. It attracts nearly 1500 British cars (some are even driven from the UK) and more than 20 000 visitors! Jaguar was the guest of honor this year, a good occasion for XK Club members to join members of other Jaguar clubs: French Jaguar (FJDC), Jaguar Exclusive XK and the Geneva Jaguar club. The organizers had reserved a specific area by the banks of the lake for the Jaguars. It was a great day out for all Classic car enthusiasts. "Vive l'année prochaine!" Many thanks to Club Representative Michel Crombe.

UK Midlands – Lunch at Catherine Wheel at Bibury and trip to Classic Motor Hub, 26 July

From Martin Reynolds: “It was marvellous to see everyone and hear their news. I took some pictures at the Hub but was so engaged in discussions forgot to take one at the lunch… “I think we caused quite a stir at the pub with the crowds taking pictures etc. which was great to experience. “Thank you everyone for coming and hope you all made it home safely. Hope to see you all soon”.

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UK Surrey – Twyford Moors visit, 19 August

Having met beforehand at The Bat and Ball in Hambledon the group finally made their eagerly awaited visit to the new premises of Twyford Moors on Pinner Lane, Havant. Nick Rochez, owner, and his son Harry gave us a most friendly welcome to the impressive new workshop. Twyford Moors has a long and excellent relationship with both the XK and E-type Club and is always delighted to catch up with club members. “On the day the group visiting consisted of six XKs. Five of which were XK 150s and one XK 140 fixed head. As can be seen from the photos it was a delightful array of classic cars. For many of the visitors it was their first time at Twyford Moors so it was a particular pleasure to visit the new building. “On arrival, we enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee with a few biscuits and everyone had the opportunity to catch up. This was followed by a tour of the new facilities, stopping to discuss some of the highlights of the workshop. Harry was able to answer lots of questions on maintenance and showed us underneath all the relevant mechanical parts. “The new premises are a huge improvement on the premises at Clanfield. The ground floor is devoted to the mechanical and engine work with Harry of course specialising on electrics. Now there is space for some interesting new machinery to enable a more comprehensive service to customers. Total restoration to minor servicing are all available besides the many upgrades needed for these 70 year old cars. The total restoration on Nick’s XK150 is nearly finished. We saw a beautiful XK 120 OTS in light blue which when finished will be spectacular. Some interesting engine work was also shown. “There is a large elevator to take cars to the 1st floor where both storage and cars for sale can be secure. “Many thanks to Nick, Harry, Hazel and Charlotte for making us all so welcome.” And thank you Patrick for arranging the visit!

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UK Surrey – WinSpeed visit

Patrick Hanratty reports: “A big thank you to Peter Hugo who showed six of us round the workshop and sales room of Winspeed Motorsport situated near Guildford. “Chris who is Peter’s partner in the business gave us a most instructive talk on XKs and also E-Types. Questions were asked on engine care and management, upgrades, overheating prevention, exhaust systems, electronic ignition, carbs and we all learned a lot. Greg who is the engine expert explained aspects of the inside of the 3.4 litre engine. I now know what a lightened fly wheel looks like! “We took a look at Nigel Harman’s XK 150 3.8 OTS which was the subject of a full restoration by Winspeed. The car was recently driven by Nigel on the Liege Brescia rally run by Malcolm McKay and the car performed well notwithstanding some horrendous weather in the Alps! “Peter’s team are most important contributors to the XK community providing expert technical knowledge accumulated over many years. It’s good to see some traditional skills being maintained. “A big thank you to all at Winspeed from Margaret Douglas, John Ball, Simon Wakefield and Nigel Harman and Patrick Hanratty for a most instructive day.”

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UK East Anglia – July

From Mike Read: “On Sunday 23rd July I drove South to Dickleburgh near Diss to the old USAF 100th Bomber Group museum. Steve and Angela Sykes, who are E-Type, XK and Morgan Club members had organised a private tour for us. “There were four XK members, John and Sue Marsh, Jules and Cindy Greenway, Bob Ridley and myself. It was especially good to meet Bob in his immaculate, early XK150 DHC as this was the first time he had been to a meeting. In addition to the XK's there were five Morgans and three E-Types. “We were given an introductory talk and film and then left to look around the site. Much of the original airfield has been removed so the central part of the museum is the Control or Watch tower, which the trustees had restored. It was full of interesting photographs and individual stories about the B17's and their crews. In 1943 ten B17's flew to Regensburg to bomb the AC factory. Only one plane returned, and that was on two engines. “After everybody had looked around, we had a picnic and managed to avoid the occasional shower. It was a thoroughly interesting visit and many thanks to Angela and Steve for organising it.”

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US Texas – Jaguar Owners Association of North Texas Concours D’Elegance, June 3

The weather chose to cooperate and bless us with mild temperatures and lots of Texas sunshine on Saturday, June 3rd, at the Frisco Jaguar Land Rover Dealership just north of Dallas for the 53rd annual Concours. This club did a great job organizing and hosting last year’s International Jaguar Festival, so they hardly had time to catch a break! The turnout this year was terrific, and some newly restored cars competed and were put on display. Congratulations to Ben Davis with his 1957 XK 140 as Best of Show. Great turnout of E-types, to include a racing E-type built by longtime vintage racer and restoration specialist Richard Wright. Dave MacDowell also displayed his newly restored ’70 E-type in British Racing Green. All cars were stunners. Of note was how very busy this dealership was with foot traffic in the showroom and the outdoor parking areas. Nice change of pace from years past, and we hope the Concours participants were part of the attraction. It was good to interact with curious families and customers who were fascinated by our cars. Kudos to Jaguar Land Rover of Frisco Texas for the great hospitality offered by their staff. The grey 140 was Best of Show. There was a second row of E-types, this just shows the first. Nice turnout of E-types. All photos were taken by Ron Wallis.

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UK East Midlands – HSCC Meeting Silverstone, 27-28 May

Half a dozen E-types made the trip to Silverstone for the Historic Sports Car Club International Trophy. With half-price tickets and VIP display parking for our cars, it was a great opportunity to watch the racing. Historic Formula Fords, Historic Formula 3 and a fantastic range of 1960s sports cars tackled the fast sweeps through Maggots and Becketts and the technical loop section of the Grand Prix Circuit. E-type and XK Club members were able to sit in the stands and enjoy the racing together. Thanks are due to Charles Gratton of Silverstone for taking us on an impromptu tour of Race Control on the Sunday.

UK West Sussex – May Meeting

At the end of May eight XK and E type members met for a very relaxed coffee and bacon bap at Sullington barn near Storrington. We were blessed with lovely weather and sat around for a couple of hours enjoying the chat.

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Channel Islands – Coronation Celebration

Members of the Jersey sections of the Jaguar Enthusiast Club, the XK Club and the XK Club recently combined to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. Organized by Chris and Andrea Le Boutillier and Ralph and Judith Genee the day-long event began with coffee and pastries at the Windmill Pub and was followed by a leisurely drive through the quiet lanes of the northern parishes before settling into the beautiful courtyard and farm buildings of Ralph and Judith. Decorated out with lots of red, white and blue bunting and accompanied by a local Ukulele band the party was full of fun and laughter as well as lashings of local food and drink supplied by the club members. The cars were similarly adorned and sported special Coronation Rally plates. A collection was made, via the Jersey Ukulele Band, for the Healing Waves Charity and over £400 was raised for this worthwhile cause. It was a truly remarkable day and Chris, Andrea, Ralph and Judith would like to thank all those who helped with the food making, the layout and table decoration and all the lifters and shifters who got everything thing in place.

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UK East Anglia – Spring Drive, 23 April

On St Georges day, Sunday 23rd April, and "Drive it Day," we held our first meeting of the year. The forecast was for showers but the weather was fine when we left home in North Norfolk. Su and John Marsh had organised the drive, which started with coffee at the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket. Unfortunately one couple, John and Glyn Leonard, had to pull out earlier in the week due to a leg injury but we still had the best turnout yet with 25 members in 13 XK's and one E-type. It was great to see new members, Keith and Rosemary Holgate, Steve and Angela Sykes and David Simons, all in immaculate cars. After coffee we were given our driving notes and set off on a drive through some very pleasant Suffolk countryside to the South of Newmarket, including Lidgate, Gazely, Dalham, Chevely and Denham, emerging back on the main road into Newmarket at the "racehorse sculpture" roundabout. We then paraded in convoy down Newmarket High Street before heading onto the A11 for a ten-mile blast up to Elveden. A very nice lunch was served at the Elveden Inn and there was plenty of conversation in our private dining room. Thankfully those with hoods had put them up before lunch, and only one couple, Toby and Abigail, in their nicely patinated XK120 OTS braved the wet weather on the way home. Despite this, it was a very successful day and sincere thanks go to Su and John for organising it.

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UK Surrey April

Congratulations to those who attended the 1st Area Meeting for Surrey on Sunday at the Black Swan at Ockham. There were 14 of us which was very encouraging for all of us to get the group going with momentum. The weather held off and we had pride of place for parking where we spent nearly 3 hours talking round the cars with many interested looking on. Even though some of you were unable to bring your own cars, you still made the effort to join us so a big thanks to Margaret Douglas, (garage door) Roy and Annegret Palmer, (in storage), Nigel Ward (restoration) and Philip Champion (arrived in a terrific Fraser Nash. Those who brought their cars, Peter and Tina Reeves, Douglas Lawson, Mike Bruce, Robert Leishman (racing XK 120 with a 3.8 engine!), Richard Rea, Melvyn Spears, Lawrence Gordon and Nick Joubert, to all a big thank you for helping to get the show on the road. I feel there is significant demand for further meetings! It was very interesting that everyone seemed most happy to have a drink round the cars rather than enter the pub for a lunch which was booked anyway! I get the feeling that we can move forward with confidence and I would appreciate any ideas to meet at weekends or pubs during the week when the weather improves. Even my other half wants to come next time!

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UK Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales – 28 September, the last run for 2022

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From Mike Bielinski: “Blessed with fine weather again when days either side had been awful, to put it mildly, we managed a 70-mile run into and around the High Peak and back to the Bulls Head, Mottram St Andrews. “Starting from the Swettenham Arms, well known for its classic car and motorcycle meetings, we gathered to express envy at John & Mandy Mould’s beautifully polished engine and radiator. We set off towards Congleton Edge and the Cheshire Peak District along what is known locally as Dumbers, – the ancient highway from the Cheshire plain to Buxton. Turning off through the village of WildBoarclough, one of Cheshire’s finest hidden gems, in the shadow of Shutlingsloe, Cheshire’s highest peak. “Then down through Dalehead near Buxton Raceway along narrow winding roads in the High Peak through one of the UK’s most scenic valleys, Dowel Dale. The surrounding hills and valleys are sites of some of North England’s oldest settlements, dating to neolithic times. At the exit of Dowel Dale towards Buxton we stopped for refreshment and a stretch at the Marsden Arms then along the very well named Edge Top Road, a long stretch with magnificent 360-degree views of the High Peak and Cheshire plain. The photos do not do it justice, but I hope to tell the story of our route It led us through another notable village Flash, England’s highest village at 1514 feet. “Finally, a descent across the moors towards the Cheshire plain through Footballer’s city Prestbury to a very welcome meal at the Bulls Head. It was the perfect run on a perfectly dry sunny day across some of the North’s most scenic roads and a fitting end to our season”.

Germany – fifth meeting of the XK and E-type Clubs, 23-25 September

On the weekend of September 23-25, 2022, the spa town of Schmitten im Taunus, a low mountain range near the financial metropolis of Frankfurt, was dominated by the German Jaguar scene with members of both the XK and E-type clubs, write Peter Heidtmann, Alexandra Mühr and Manfred Zottmann. The drivers and co-drivers of nine E-types, Series 1 to 3, as well as seven XKs, 120 to 150, came together for their fifth Annual Club Meeting to socialise in good company and to share the joys – and challenges – of our cherished beauties. Our hotel offered everything that made our heart happy, as the owner himself is a big fan of our brand. He himself has an old S-type in his garage. The weather gods were kind to us. They sent dry weather and even a bit of sunshine, so that the drivers and co-drivers could enjoy the wonderful landscape with the tops down. The trip took us via Schloss Vollrads, framed by impressive vineyards, to Kloster Eberbach, world-famous as a backdrop for the film "The Name of the Rose" with Sean Connery as William of Baskerville. A guided tour through the historic monastery brought back to life the dark scenes of the film in an authentic setting. After returning to our hotel, we soon gathered to enjoy a four-course candlelight dinner. The atmosphere couldn't have been better, as all vehicles had covered the route without breakdowns and the excellent food contributed to the contentedness of the day. Everyone agreed that it was a successful club meeting and thanked Alexandra, Peter and Manfred for the organisation by handing over to each a bottle of good wine from the region. Suggestions have already been made for a 6th meeting next year, taking place in the Southern part of Germany.

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French/Swiss Alps – Alpine Drive, 24 July 2022

On Sunday 24 July, a Swiss-French event was organized by the Geneva Jaguar club with the participation of the International XK Club and the French Jaguar driving club.  24 Jaguarists got together in the early morning, near the Aravis pass in the French Alps for a 150KM drive through the Haute Savoie and the Colombiere Pass (a favorite road of the cycling Tour de France). We then arrived at the historical village of NERNIER by the Léman Lake near the Swiss border. ​We were all welcomed by Dominique DELEUSSE the owner of the chateau, who kindly allowed us to park our cars on his private estate, which was practical at this time of the year with so many visitors around the lake. ​Despite the heatwave, all the participants appreciated the lunch of  “filet de perche Meunière “à specialty of the restaurant, close to the chateau. ​A lovely International day to remember. Michel CROMBÉ

UK Bristol, Somerset & Wiltshire – Lunch and Cheddar Gorge drive, 27 July 2022

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A warm and sunny day for our lunch at The Bath Arms, Cheddar with a nice mix of E-types and XKs attending. We were pleased to be joined as our guests by club contributor and tour organiser Malcolm and Helena McKay of Classic Rally Press. Thanks to the venue for a large car park, so we could get everyone lined up, and a very nice meal. Conversation was lively throughout lunch and by the time we departed not sure if anyone remembered to take the drive up through the Gorge!!

UK East Midlands – Classics and Coffee Day, P&K Thornton 16 July

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From Chip Nistorica: “Last Saturday we invited E-type and XK enthusiasts to spend the morning at our workshops. Some travelled from far afield to participate in our now yearly open day. Our technicians and expert panel beaters were at hand to answer all technical questions ranging from engine tunning all the way to a live demonstration of making a full aluminium E-type FHC boot panel. Barista coffee and cakes were kindly organised by the company and through everybody's generosity we raised a substantial amount for Cancer Research UK”.

West Midlands & North Wales – Lakeside Classics barbecue, 11 July 2022

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Monday 11 July saw the type of weather that barbecues were invented for, and Bill Thomas, one of our West Midlands members, has the ideal location to go with it alongside the huge lake surrounded by woodlands in the grounds of his home in rural Shropshire. Under the shade of trees and the terrace of the lakeside log cabin, 20 of us enjoyed a delicious BBQ, great company and spent time examining the line-up of 12 XKs plus Bill’s magnificent XJ220. New members John & Heather Freeman arrived in their XK 120 which they had successfully bid for only two weeks earlier at Brightwells auction and it was a beauty. Martin Reynolds, whose XK 150 is still undergoing restoration, arrived in his 420G. Inevitably there were calls of “Let’s do it again sometime.”

Channel Islands – Jersey Motoring Festival, 2-5 June 2022

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"So the sun sets on the 2022 Jersey Motoring Festival, a special year this time coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the first Jersey Road Race held in 1947. The Thursday saw the first Jersey Concours d'Elegance organised by Le Riche automobile restorers showcasing vehicles from a 1903 Gladiator right up through the ages to more modern fayre. Jaguars were well represented and collectively winning a third best in class for Alan and Mary Tidy in their XK 120 OTS, Mike and Gayle in their SS100 a 2nd prize for Chris and Andrea Le Boutillier in their XK 120 OTS and Dr Simon and Angie Slaffer winning Best in Show for their recently finished XK 120 FHC, having undergone an exacting personal restoration over four years! The damp Friday sprint night allowed Chris Le Boutillier in his XK 140 FHC and our XK 120 OTS to perform a demo sprint before the official timed sprints that ran along a closed off Victoria Avenue in St Helier. Poignant that 75 years ago that same piece of road held the Jersey Road Race all those years go. We set off at timed intervals in a diverse group of cars including a supercharged Ford Capri, a 1934 American dirt track racer, two Metro 6R4's, a Peterson Bentley to name but a few and with the rain coming down, thoughts of not best times achieved on the slippery surface, but a spectacle for the crowds to see how these cars moved and sounded. It was nice to see Nigel Webb over in his XK 120 for the hotly contested sprint alongside a Bugatti T35, a Frazer Nash TT Replica a clutch of Austin Sevens competing in the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship, various other cars and motorbikes competing well into the night under heavy skies. Saturday and Sunday were open for everyone to wander amongst the different car clubs and stalls with a backdrop of noise emanating from the hill climb and active arena. A super weekend and nice to see normality returned for all to enjoy. Already looking forward to 2023." Many thanks indeed to Nicholas Hayman for his report.

UK East Anglia – Pageant of Motoring, Sandringham, Sunday 5 June

Three hardy XKs attended the Pageant of Motoring, held as part of the Queen’s Platinum celebrations in the grounds of Sandringham House, despite a soggy start. The full story will appear in next month’s Gazette, so do look out for that. Many thanks to Mike Read.

UK Berkshire – Classic Car and Bike Show, Sonning Festival, 2-3 June

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“The Car Show was held within the grounds of Bishops Close, home of local businessman Max McNeill. Max takes a hands-on approach and directs all the parking to very exacting tolerances. He also displayed his DB4 and a pristine just restored E-type.  “Local resident Theresa May and her husband (and their security) paid us a visit but no George Clooney this time I’m afraid.  “On Thursday, I was joined by XK Club members Wyn and Mary Roberts in their 150 DHC, which Wyn has owned for 40 years! On Friday I was joined by local Club members Alan and Beverly West in their lovely 150 coupé both couples engaged in a tour around Sonning for the full event experience. ​“I was unaware that there would be any prize giving but after what must have been a rigged vote and the designed exclusion of to my mind a number of superior vehicles, I was lucky enough to be awarded Best Car in Show on Friday. My wife was far more interested in the Tattinger than the medal. ​​“I imagine that will delight Paul Abadjian. I bought the car from him back in October 1998 and met up with him to chat about it at E-type 60 last year.  “Coincidentally my XK shared in the Queen Jubilee celebrations as it is also 70 years old this month!"

Austria –Classic Car Fair in Tulln, 21-22 May

After a two-year Corona break, lovers of classic cars as well as youngtimers stormed the classic car fair in Tulln in May. More than 750 exhibitors from Austria, Germany and other countries presented their products and services at the Tulln Classic Car Fair, from completely restored vehicles to classic car parts, literature and model cars - in short, everything to do with classic cars. More than 90 clubs and numerous museums showed their vintage rarities. For the first time this year, a vintage and youngtimer auction took place on Saturday. 70 cars and 50 motorcycles were for sale. Among them were some spectacular vehicles. A Jaguar XJS, built in 1990, which the Austrian artist Philipp Mueller had painted and turned into an art car, went to the new owner for 70,000 euros with a starting price of 25,000 euros. ​Of course, our club booth, which showed a range of ‘racing legends’ and an original Formula 1 steering wheel used by Mark Webber, was once again a popular meeting place for our members and friends. Thank you for the numerous visits!

UK Midlands South – Llanerchinda Farm visit, 9–12 May

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“A select group joined the trip in May. The weather stayed fine for most of the time and the group were able to enjoy the outstanding hospitality of the Hadley family. The drives took in the sights of Lampeter, Cardigan, Aberporth, Crickhowell, Talybont, Tretower and others. As well as the sights there some glorious drives across the local countryside and military roads etc. All in all, everyone who attended enjoyed the stay and some have booked to come back. A testament to the enjoyable times and outstanding value of the trip.”

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UK Channel Islands – Drive it Day, 24 April

Line of cars on grass by wall
People admiring line of cars at harbourside, Jersey

'Tonneau covers for the roadsters and open top Jaguars were at the ready for the anticipated drizzle but were not needed on what turned out to be the ideal day for the xk club and other various Jersey car clubs participating in the 2022 'Drive it Day' raising funds for the NSPCC. Plenty of space was allocated alongside the St. Helier marina enabling owners and public to mingle and talk about the various Jaguars on show. Many photographs taken, many memories rekindled about past cars, the 'wonder where they are now?' question surfacing regularly and above all lots of smiles that always seem to be around wherever Jaguars are displayed. A fun day, a great turn out and hopefully lots of money raised for a very worthy charity. Nicholas Hayman, Jersey.'

UK South Midlands – Spring lunch, 14 April

From Martin Reynolds: “The Pheasant Inn at Toddington in deepest Gloucestershire provided the excellent venue for our Spring lunch. Whilst a couple of people unfortunately did not make it due to illness - others showed up to make up the full booking. Fortunately, the staff were incredibly flexible and supportive of our ever-changing numbers and a delicious lunch was had by all.  Apologies but I forgot to take a photo of the group- however I did take one of Ian's strategic parking to ensure certain individuals could not escape without paying... Thank you to everyone involved”.

White car in front of line of other cars parked

UK East Anglia  - Spring Drive

Line of cars in front of stone building
Jaguar XKs parked in front of hotel

We had decided to start our programme a bit earlier this year, so the spring drive was organised for Sunday 3 April. The weather in mid-March was superb but the forecast for the planned date did not look very promising, even up to the day before. However, I should not have worried as it turned out that we were very lucky and the weather was cool but glorious. We had two couples drop out in the last few days but still had an excellent turnout with a total of nine cars, including new member, Peter Sheppard with his partner, Suzanne in his very nice XK 150 DHC. We met at my house and workshop at Brisley where the guests were treated to coffee and home-made cakes, courtesy of my partner, Bridget and her daughter, Victoria. Right on schedule, we set off on the fifty-mile drive at 10.45am heading west towards Litcham. From there we went south to Swaffham where we did a quick parade around the historic marketplace and then headed north to Castle Acre. Through the narrow, ancient flint gate, and on the Peddars Way to Great Massingham. Having been forewarned, my friend Steve, who has MS and is in a wheelchair, was outside his house to wave us on. Through picturesque Massingham with its many duckponds, onto Harpley, and then we joined the A148 for a good blast down to West and East Rudham. Then left at the Crown, up to Great Bircham on a quiet country road, and onto Docking. Another friend, Debbie, was waving enthusiastically at us as we headed on to Stanhoe, past more duckponds and then down to North Creake, South Creake and finally into Sculthorpe. In all it took exactly 90 minutes, as planned and we arrived at Sculthorpe Mill, where we had arranged to squeeze all the XKs into the area in front of the Mill. We had a very pleasant, well organised lunch in a private room where we could see the visitors admiring the cars. It was a very successful day, enjoyed by everyone and we are looking forwards to meeting again for the Summer drive.

Lancashire & Cumbria News (courtesy of Chris Garside)

"Six members attended Lancashire & Cumbria regions' monthly pub meet-up at The Bluebird Inn, Salmesbury on 16 March, the third Wednesday of the month as usual”, member Chris Garside reports, standing in for regional representative Nigel Walker who was overseas. “Unfortunately, the blue sky we all enjoyed in the morning turned to rain in the afternoon which meant everyone came in their daily drivers.  We all agreed that we need to make the effort for the next meeting and come in our Jaguars!    “E-type owners were outnumbered by XK owners with one in the middle of restoring an XK 150, another couple enjoying their lovely XK 120 roadster and a third tempted to acquire a rather nice XK 120 FHC following the sale of a Series 2 E-type FHC.    “The conversation was quite varied - setting up triple carbs on an XK 150 and shared experiences of the Jaguar Spares Day at Stoneleigh with two members managing to pick up parts for their cars.  The member who had recently sold his Series 2 E-type because of a house move went on to explain that he still had three MGAs, one of which he actively campaigns with his son-in-law at various rally events around the UK.    “Overall, a very pleasant evening with the Bluebird looking after us very well. Keep an eye on the club magazine or contact Nigel Walker for news of upcoming events in Lancashire & Cumbria region. Members from other regions always welcome."

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.

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...

People standing by XK with open bonnet.
Cameraman filming people talking by a car

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

Line of cars parked in front of stone pub

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.

Line of Jaguar E-types inside at an exhibition centre, Austria

15-17 October - Austria - 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

Line of cars at concours event in Kansas, Jaguar XK in front has bonnet open

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!"

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