2023 marks 75 years since the launch of the very first Jaguar XK 120.
Join us for a weekend celebration centred around Whittlebury Park in Northamptonshire and taking in some historic and quintessentially English locations. Hosted by the ace HQ team of Philip and Julie, Louise and Sarah.
The individual elements of the weekend can be booked individually, or as a package including accommodation.
Full details below:
On Saturday morning you will gather at Whittlebury Park for coffee before a three-counties scenic drive through the pretty lanes and villages of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to Bicester Heritage. Route book included.
The former RAF airfield on which Bicester Heritage is now based is of national historic importance, with over 95% of the buildings authentically restored – even the paint colours are correct to 1930s British Standards.
Following lunch in the historic Club Room and terrace, we have arranged a private tour of the site and its buildings with a knowledgeable local guide. We will be joined by several of the heritage motoring specialists who have showrooms and workshops on the premises.
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We are delighted to announce that we will be joined at Bicester by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Managing Director, Matthew Davis who will be bringing along historic XK 120 LWK 707 from the collection.
In August 1952 this specially prepared car was taken to Montlhéry near Paris and was driven for seven days and seven nights at an average speed of 100.32 miles per hour, including all stops. There were four drivers: Stirling Moss, Jack Fairman, Bert Hadley and Leslie Johnson – who had conceived the record attempt following previous 1 hour and 24 record runs.
Meet at Whittlebury for coffee, before driving to historic Bletchley Park for a trip back in time, as we have timed our visit with their 1940's weekend.
Probably best-known as home of the WWII code breakers and the Enigma machines, Bletchley is also the site of some incredible innovation from the 1940's to the present day, making it the perfect fit for a celebration of one of the most innovative cars of the 20th century. While at Bletchley you can take your time visiting the various exhibitions, enjoy some period displays, dance, music and performances.
Light refreshments and lunch included.
That afternoon you can choose to either stay on at Bletchley or take the optional scenic drive back to Whittlebury Park – route book included.
The Grand Finale
Our Grand Finale – a private dinner followed by music and dancing to the fabulous 1940's sound of the Ashby Big Band (stars of the XK70 1948 Party at Shelsley Walsh).
Festivities begin with a glass of fizz, followed by three courses with wine.
Period dress is encouraged, but not compulsory.
Our Diamond Weekend package includes the Saturday and Sunday excursions, Saturday three-course dinner with wine, the Sunday evening Grand Finale and a souvenir rally plate as well as two nights’ accommodation at Whittlebury Park.
(Accommodation is based on 2 people sharing 1 room, standard room rate. For single supplements, or room upgrades, please contact the Club office).
We have reserved some rooms at Whittlebury Park for the Friday evening (22 September) for those of you who may wish to stay an additional night.
This is not part of the Diamond Weekend package, and must be booked on your own account.
Please book direct on +44 (0) 1327 850 489 and do mention the XK75 Weekend when booking
Celebrate 75 years of the
23-24 September 2023