Area Reps Info

America/North - Area Representatives News & Events

 

USA, Southern California: Frank Gauer

If you would like event information for Southern California or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Frank Gauer via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

USA, Northern California: Tim Barnes

If you would like event information for Northern California or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Tim Barnes via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

USA, Kansas: Ken Smiley

Born and raised in Kansas I grew up watching my father race cars at the famous Lake Garnett Grand Prix in his 1952 right hand drive Jaguar XK-120 and handed him wrenches while he worked on either his car or another belonging to someone in the family.   I suspect my father passed down both the mechanical genes as well as the knack for driving on the track.   At the age of 16 I overhauled my first engine (Oldsmobile 455cu V8) in just two weeks from start to finish and the car started the first time I turned the key.   When I probably should have been training for a career in racing, I went to college and graduate school.  I later ended up in the workforce initially owning a few non-descript cars as simply transportation.   This was not to last.

In 1998 I purchased my first sports car, a BMW M Roadster which I took to the track one weekend for a drivers education course and immediately became hooked on driving.   Not long after I purchased a 2000 Porsche Boxster S and progressed so quickly at the track that I was offered the opportunity to become an instructor.  I passed my certification with flying colors and since 2002 have taught at tracks throughout the country at a variety of events.   I still own and drive a 2006 Porsche Cayman S that will easily turn faster lap times that cars with 100+ more horsepower.   About the same time I received my certification I also had my father’s 1956 Jaguar XK-140 towed over to my garage and began the work to get the car running again.  The car had sat in his garage since 1971 with a hole in the gas tank and he just never got around to fixing it.   After fixing/replacing a number of different items we fired up the engine for the first time in September 2008.   Unbeknownst to my father, I secretly began working a great deal on the car to get it back into drivable condition.  I surprised him on his 80th birthday with his car once again able to be driven.   Since that time we have taken it to several car shows and generally just enjoyed tooling around in our classic Jaguar.

 

If you would like event information for Kansas or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Ken Smiley via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

USA, Maryland: David Esch

If you would like event information for Maryland or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with David Esch via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

USA, Mountain States: Randy & Debbie Aagaard

If you would like event information for Mountain States or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Debbie Aagaard via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

USA, North East: Carl Hanson

If you would like event information for USA, North East or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Carl Hanson via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

USA, Connecticut: Tom Jaycox

If you would like event information for Mid South or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Reid via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 
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Canada: Brad Marsland

I’m a very keen British car enthusiast with an out of control hobby but all fun. I caught the British bug at a young age with my first car, a Triumph Spitfire, and it never went away. The Spitfire was a horrible thing for parents to let their son drive year round in Canada.

 

Thankfully my wife is very understanding. 

 

Here’s the current collection:

1935 Lagonda Rapier supercharged 

1951 MG TD 

1952 Jaguar XK120 FHC

1953 Allard K3

1958 Porsche 356A Coupe 

1959 Austin Healey 3000 BN7 w/factory hardtop

1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite 

1961 Lotus Elite S2 SE Super 95 w/ ZF transmission 

1963 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC 

1964 Jaguar E-type 3.8 OTS w/factory hardtop

& a couple of newer Jaguars

 

All the above have been restored and all still get driven regularly. We have done full restorations on about half of the cars on the list – the other half were bought restored and then had details corrected.

 

We also show regularly at the Concours d’Elegance of America in St Johns, Michigan and at Canada’s top show – the Cobble Beach Concours in Kemble Ontario. We have also had cars shown at the Elegance at Hershey and most recently at the Amelia Island Concours.

 

Re the XK120, this car is a very early fixed head coupe and was originally imported through Max Hoffman in New York City in 1952. It spent much of its early life in the New York area with later life spent in Florida. I purchased it in 2006 as an uncompleted restoration work in progress – still with Florida plates. The restorer had passed away mid-project and the car sat partially finished for 20 years until the former owner got ill and sold the car. The 20-year-old restoration work that had been done at that time was not up to par, so the car was then fully gutted and a 7-year professional nut & bolt Concours level restoration ensued. OEM parts were sourced around the globe. The engine was completely rebuilt. All wiring was replaced with correct cotton loom. New woodwork was made in England by a former Rolls Royce employee. A proper and correct Connolly leather and Wilton wool carpeted interior was installed. Chrome, lights, instruments were all done. Nothing was left untouched. 

 

The car is painted Indigo Blue, a correct Jaguar factory colour for 1956 but not 1952. This is the same colour as the Ecurie Ecosse cars from the Scottish Racing Team of the same period. The interior colour is biscuit. Jaguar never made them in this colour configuration but certainly should have!

 

The 120 was borrowed for a display at the Toronto International Auto Show earlier this year. 

 

While the saying is a car can only be original once, I’ve taken cars that unfortunately were too far gone to be saved as survivors and tried to put them back to the way they came from the factory. The researching, finding and sourcing the correct parts, getting the details and orchestrating the builds is all part of the fun.

If you would like event information for Canada or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Brad via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

 

UK Isle of Man

Ian Thompson

If you would like event information for Isle of Man or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Ian via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.  

USA, Florida, Georgia, Carolinas (SE):

Jaime del Valle

If you would like event information for Florida, Georgia, Carolinas (SE) or general XK information for this area, please get in touch with Tom via the Club Representatives section in the XK Gazette.

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