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Jaguar Thesis

I don’t think anyone would argue that the vast majority of Jaguar owners are in their later years, so when someone young shows an interest in Jaguar, we all quite rightly sit up and pay attention.

While assisting Nigel Webb with plans for his last Mark 1 Day in 2019 I was contacted via email by a young man who lives in Australia. He told me that he owned a Mark 1 Jaguar and was therefore keen to travel to the UK for Mark 1 Day. His only regret was that he could not afford to have his Mark 1 shipped to the UK for the event.

Swallows Racing

Hidden away on a plain characterless A road in North Somerset is a family business that is making its mark, not only in car repairs and sales, but more importantly within Jaguar Racing circles. The only sign of the operation from the road [at the time of writing this] is an ageing E-Type Bonnet with Swallows Jaguar sign-written on it. However, behind the sign is a business that many trust, and many follow closely when they hit the track. At the helm Father & Son team Gary and Tom Robinson, we spent an afternoon with them to find out a little more.

JAC Auction Results

Norman Dewis Collection Sells Well at Auction

Ian Cooling reports that the collection of Norman Dewis performed unexpectedly well in his Spring auction last month.

Bids were received from a wide range of people across the world. Many were people who had worked with Norman or met him as he travelled the world in his retirement role as a Jaguar brand ambassador. All this respect and affection undoubtedly fed into the bids that came through, sending some of them two or even three times over top estimate.

D-type XKD 517 (TKF9)

A brief history, taken from the following sources:

‘Jaguar C-type, D-type & Lightweight E-type Register’ compiled by Terry Larson, Penny Woodley, Den Carlow and Paul Skilleter. Edited by Anders Ditlev Clausager.

Bo’ness Revival 2019 Report

Following swiftly on from the opening of the new Jim Clark Museum, Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb was held over the weekend of 31st August to 1st September 2019.

For 2019, the Bo’ness Revival committee produced a glossy A4 format brochure amounting to almost 80 pages. In addition to the usual credits, class entries, participating clubs etc, were extensive features on the history of hillclimbing and Bo’ness, Kinneil House Estate (which hosts the hillclimb) and Jim Clark. Xclusively Jaguar was one of the sponsors of the event and hence was given a full page advert in the Official Programme.

Jim Clark Museum

On Thursday 29th August 2019 the newly refurbished and updated Jim Clark Museum was officially opened by Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. We (Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace) were among the limited number of very privileged guests invited to preview the museum with Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and we were very fortunate to be personally introduced to this racing legend by Tom Purves, former CEO of Rolls Royce.

West Sussex Presentation

We (Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace) were once more very kindly invited to give presentations to members of the West Sussex JEC Region at Tottington Manor on the evening of 21st August 2019.
After treating us both to an excellent dinner at The Old Tollgate, Bramber, we drove to Tottington Manor where this region hold their monthly meetings, and around 40 members were waiting for our arrival.

A Final Word…

Brucie has now been MOT’d for another year, with no advisories, and put away for the winter. On 4th November 2018 I celebrated  my 8th year as Brucie’s custodian – the longest I have ever owned any car! Purchased at 132,000 miles, Brucie has now covered almost 174,000 miles, with […]