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XK Club - Round Britain Coastal Drive
Having completed the fourth RBCD this Autumn, we are reflecting on what has been a triumphant series of epic drives around the coast of Britain.
Philip Porter, author, publisher and co-founder of our Clubs devised the Round Britain Coastal Drive shortly after recovering from prostate cancer, and the event has become an excellent way to raise awareness of the disease, and funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Fundraising has now surpassed £250,000, a total of which we are very proud. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who have supported us either by taking part in the event, raising funds or sharing details of the JustGiving fundraising page.
Philip's inspiration for the RBCD would never have come to fruition without such wonderful support from our members across the globe and without the dedication of our team here at HQ – few in number, but mighty in deed! The logistics, both in terms of organisation and in terms of staff crisscrossing the country to host various stages, has always been a massive task, and this year proved especially challenging – one reason why we have decided, with heavy hearts, to bring the RBCD to a close.
Furthermore, despite the massive support for the event, the number of cars on the Drive has dropped considerably and we have realised that after four years, the event has run its course. All of the Club team have been very loyal to Prostate Cancer UK and have formed excellent working relationships with its representatives and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
Norman Dewis, OBE
1920 - 2019
Patron of the E-type Club, Norman sadly passed away on 8th June
Reflecting on the highlights of a brilliant weekend. It was a mammoth effort by all of our team - in part terrifying, exhausting and exhilarating but huge fun.
We had the most fantastic support from trade, from historic car owners, from overseas members, from our wonderful team who worked so hard (headed up by Louise), from our sponsors, from our personalities (we have had the most fantastic and moving letter from Sir William's daughter Pat), and from the weather, which was perfect.
Shelsely was the ideal venue. The atmosphere was wonderful. The action on the hill varied, continuos and dramatic. Chris Ward recorded a time we believe to be the fastest ever by Jaguar. Jeremy Wade did a fantastic job with the commentary.
The XK70 Tour followed straight on from the main event. We had a lovely bunch of people from Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Jersey, Luxembourg, the UK and the USA. With just 20 cars, we had a lot of fun and made a number of new friends.
XKs in the News
Jaguar Classic Works has
announced that it will
be building continuation
versions of the D-type,
62 years after the last
example was built in 1956.
The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from the company, following on from the six Lightweight E-types that were completed in 2014-’15 and nine XKSSs that were started last year. Having produced the XKSS, it was perhaps inevitable that it would carry that over to the D-type. The first example to be assembled, which was an engineering prototype, made its debut at Rétromobile in Paris on 7 February.
Just 25 of the continuation cars will be hand-built at Classic Works in Warwickshire, and will be sold for a price in excess of £1 million. Owners can choose between long-nose and short-nose specification.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an
outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today. The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story… is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our worldclass experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”
“Lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a headstart on the final 25 D-types,” said Classic engineering manager Kev Riches. “Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.”
Club Contact Information
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International Jaguar XK Club, Hilltop Farm, Knighton-on-Teme, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8LY, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1584 781588
Fax: +44 (0)1584 781630