UK & NI Area Representatives

About our Representatives​

They are, naturally, great Jaguar XK enthusiasts. To get an idea of where that passion may have begun, or what made the XK stand out, we asked each of them to tell us about their first, most important, or most entertaining XK memory. 

Read what they have to say below...

25 August

To find your local Representative, simply hover over your region on the map and click.

To get in touch with any of our Representatives, please see the contact list in the latest issue of the XK Gazette.

To read about previous UK Rep events, simply click the button below:

Berkshire: Bill Voice

Cheshire: Mike Bielinski

"First memory: As a post graduate in 1964 I missed and always regretted not buying an XK120 from a friend.  

Most important  memory : Taking delivery of 'Delilah' my XK 140 OTS following a nuts and bolts restoration and driving it to the Goodwood Members' Meeting. 

Worst memory: The second day of the  GMM suffering a complete engine failure as one of the pistons slipped through its liner!

Best memory: After an agonising, but thorough, rebuild of the engine, completing a rolling road test and achieving over 190bhp @ 4500rpm.

Now every driving day adds to a long list of great memories."

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Devon & Cornwall:  Nick & Jules Fielding

Dorset: Paul Abadjian

East Anglia: Mike Read

"In the mid sixties, my sister was going out with a friend of my brother's in Sheffield. He turned up one day in a metallic blue XK150 FHC. When he roared away, I vowed I would own one one day."

Essex: David Cuff

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"Seeing a beautiful looking XK150 in the Clint Eastwood 1971 movie "Play Misty for Me" (albeit a DHC!) and it stuck in my mind until finally I was able to buy an XK150 of my own."

Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire: Don Grant

"I grew up in Edinburgh and my first memory of XK Jaguars was at the Kinkell Breas Sprint outside St Andrews in about 1969. I went with a friend who built a Lotus Elan Sprint and was keen to give it some wellie. Amongst the varied entry was a tatty bright red XK120 with an aero screen in place of the windscreen, it belonged to a chap who lived in Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. Although tired on the outside, I vividly remember the sight and sound of it on its runs that made a deep impression."

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Isle of Man: Ian Thompson

Kent: Keith Baker

Lancashire, Cumbria: Nigel Walker

"Pre-1964, 6 or 7 years old, I was walking home from school and a red OTS with black hardtop drove past - love at first sight."

London: Marc Gordon

Midlands (East): Ciprian Nistorica

"I first fell in love with the XK120 FHC when I was a boy. Certainly the best looking out of all the classic XKs, in my opinion. A shape that brings you so close to the Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, another of my childhood poster cars."

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"My father had a XK140 FHC that he sold when i was 2 years old. I don't remember the car but growing up remember him showing me pictures of the car and talking about it. This convinced me to buy an XK when i had the opportunity and after research chose the XK150 DHC. Sadly my Father has passed on so didn't have the chance to drive my car. However. i am sure he would have approved."

Midlands (West): Peter Wells
Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire

"I bought my 150 in France where I was living in 2013. Visiting Classic Car exhibition at NEC I saw a 140 on Twyford Moors stand. Visited them for a test drive next day. Too late, it had sold off the stand. Then another 140 offered by Paul Abadjian, XK rep in Dorset, but I had to wait 3 weeks to test drive due to holidays. While waiting I found the 150 on line near Cannes, drove down from home in the Dordogne and that was the one."

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North East: David Kenworthy

"On retirement from policing I whinged non-stop about getting another classic. A Healey 3000 would be wonderful and allow me to relive a misspent youth in my red Healey. My wife, Claire, was adamant that the very small boot was impractical. To the classic car show at the NEC to choose a car we both liked. One look at the XK and we were sold. To be truly practical it had to be a FHC. A decent sized boot for a peculiarly sloping case and, as we later found out, room for five cases of wine on the back seats!"

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Northern Ireland: John Young

Scotland: David Barnett

Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire: Stephen Hill

Surrey/Sussex

Wales, North: Peter Wells

"I bought my 150 in France where I was living in 2013. Visiting Classic Car exhibition at NEC I saw a 140 on Twyford Moors stand. Visited them for a test drive next day. Too late, it had sold off the stand. Then another 140 offered by Paul Abadjian, XK rep in Dorset, but I had to wait 3 weeks to test drive due to holidays. While waiting I found the 150 on line near Cannes, drove down from home in the Dordogne and that was the one."

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Aha! We don't currently have a Representative for that region.

​If you are based in South Wales and would like to get more involved in the Club, could organise local meetings, help find new members and have plenty of fun along the way, then please contact Sarah: 

sarah@xkclub.com, tel: +44 (0)1584 781588 for more information.