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This month's highlights...

Featured Article

Young Love
Last month, Roger Learmonth told us about his 120 FHC. This is the prequel…

How times have changed. I well remember my first XK, acquired at a time when there were no such things as classic cars, just old ones. In 1965, my 1953 Jaguar XK 120 fixed-head coupé was just that, bought as inexpensive everyday transport to get me from A to B. There were a few eccentric types who drove old motors that were considered special (the cars, not their drivers). The clergyman who officiated at my nephew’s christening in 1950 turned up in a vintage Rolls-Royce and the congregation thought him decidedly odd.


Always with a beer pocket but champagne tastes, and anxious to go as fast as possible as soon as I could, an XK 120 for £110 when I was 19 years old seemed the best option. Of course, a more upmarket XK 150 would have been better but the funds just wouldn’t stretch. My British Racing Green monster, OLF 473, was in moderately fine fettle. Without bumpers fore or aft, and a bit of rot in the corners of the boot, she went like the clappers and I loved her to bits. On full  chat, she sounded wonderful with her double-pipe exhaust emitting a raucous bellow.

In those days, it seemed that would-be mechanics were in awe of those sophisticated twin-cam engines and there were many who thought me a fool for harbouring such potential for ruinously expensive repairs. While my contemporaries made do with Morris Minors, Hillman Minxes or just rode the bus, I was charging around in my 3.4-litre green goddess, frightening...

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XK Centric

New Jaguar Heritage Trust online exhibition

Launched on 8 March 2024, International Women’s Day, the Jaguar Heritage Trust has a new online exhibition, The Women Who Made Their Marque.


It celebrates the women who over the years have made, sold, raced and 

contributed to Jaguar and its associated marques. The Trust hopes the exhibition will inspire other women to consider a career in the automotive industry, in which they currently represent only 20 per cent of the UK workforce. A group discussion film has also been made, featuring current and past employees of Jaguar Cars Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, JLR Classic and The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, which explores women’s perceptions of the automotive industry, complemented by insights from current research and shared experiences within the field.


The exhibition can be seen in person at the Collections Centre at the British Motor Museum or online here.

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Editorial

After our recent trip to Geneva, which you can read about in this issue, Julie and I jumped on a train to Aarau, near Zürich. We were to be the guests of Hans and Linda Kuny. It would be difficult to find a greater XK enthusiast than Hans. I will not say too much now because we will feature his amazing collection in a future issue of this magazine.


Hans is member number two of this club and so will have received every one of the 319 issues of the Gazette over the past 26 years. Such is his enthusiasm and love of XKs, he has privately published a sizeable book detailing his remarkable XK collection. Limited to 400 copies, the book will shortly be obtainable through the club.


How things have ebbed and flowed over the years since the classic car world first gathered pace in the early 1970s. In those days, it was not unusual to have 200 or 300 cars turning up for annual celebrations. In the club’s early days, in the 2000s, we would have 100 cars in the orchard at Hilltop. The climax was XK60, in 2008, when we hired the Goodwood track and achieved our aim of more than 600 XKs. What an event that was: apart from the XKs, we had 100 very special XK-engined historic Jaguars – Cs, Ds, Lightweight Es, Listers and so on. We had the finest Ecurie Ecosse display ever. 


The world has moved on; a lot has changed. The enthusiasm still burns brightly and it is very encouraging that a number of our one-day UK events are getting plenty of support.

 

How are things developing in your country?

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Philip Porter

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