UK & NI Area Representatives
See links below for Representatives in your area:
(Cambs, Norfolk, Suffolk)
Hampshire (incl. IoW)
(incl. Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire)
Berkshire: Bill Voice
Cheshire, Merseyside, Gtr Manchester, N. Wales, Staffordshire: 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."
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."
Hampshire: Michael Clayforth-Carr
"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."
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."
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."
"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."
Surrey: Patrick Hanratty
I am honoured to take over from Peter Spackman as Area Rep for Surrey. Peter has for many years provided organisation and leadership for the XK Club. He has been most generous with his time and we all owe him a big thank you. I have been in the XK Club now for 7 years and believe that supporting Philip and the XK Team is so important to enjoying these fabulous cars. Reading in the Gazette of some owners’ adventures is a big inspiration. The XK meets are special to me. Why did I take my foot off the accelerator at the S bend on Shelsley Walsh!!! I have taken my XK120 OTS 1954 on all stages of the RBCD. In addition, Tours to Chinon (the French made me a Chevalier) and Angouleme in the 120 with Classic Grand Touring have helped the French experience. Classics on the Road with Diego has taken my 150 to Italy. Being a member of Brooklands and the 96 Club has enabled me to meet other Classic Car owners. The highlight for this year will be the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court. Thank you, Steve Beeson, here. Anyway, for me it all about driving these lovely cars, appreciating their history and meeting like-minded enthusiasts. Goodwood Revival will see me in my overalls (oil stains) on the Friday! Thank you again Peter. I hope I can add something to the future. Patrick Hanratty
Sussex (West): Stephen Jackman
We are seeking Representatives in Devon, Cornwall, Kent, London, Middlesex, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. If you might be interested in taking on one of these roles, please contact email@example.com
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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:
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...
To get in touch with any of our Representatives, please see the contact list in the latest issue of the XK Gazette.
If you are interested in becoming a Representative, please see here