EVENT REPORT – June 1-14 – Northern Spain Tour
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June / July
- Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie took their second consecutive race victory in the Jaguar Classic Challenge by a mere two-tenths of a second in the International Trophy at Silverstone on May 22.
- Stratstone’s, which has purchased one of Jaguar’s new Lightweight E-types (built in the same Classic Workshop as featured from page 4 of the July 2016 E-type Magazine), has published on YouTube the superb timelapse video of its construction by Jaguar.
- The Trust’s newly-refurbished long-nose D-type put in an appearance at the retirement of Mark White, JLR Product Development’s Chief Engineer Advanced Body, who played a crucial role in the development of the advanced aluminium construction of all the current Jaguar range. The D, of course, was the first Jaguar to have an aluminium monocoque.
- D-type 393 RW also turned out on April 16 for the HSCC’s commemoration of 50 years since the first Griffiths Formula race for 1945-55 cars at Castle Combe, which was won by Neil Corner in a D-type.
- Prince Harry took part in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, and awarded France the first gold medal at Invictus Games Orlando 2016, Denmark.
- JLR has announced its intention to recruit 1000 Armed Forces leavers by 2020, as it pledges continued support for the 2017 Invictus Games to be held in Toronto.
- The Jaguar Heritage Trust reports terrific interest levels in the new reserve collections at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. Originally planned to be offered as guided tours, visitor levels were so high that continuous entry had to be introduced, and even with 200 people allowed to enter, there have been queues at peak times.
- The Jaguar XF has received the Best Executive Car award from DieselCar magazine, which praised its “class-leading economy and excellent refinement”.
- The Jaguar XE has been named a ‘Game Changer’ at the Autocar Awards 2016 for ‘establishing a new benchmark in its class for handling’. Ian Callum said: “When we first created the Jaguar XE we wanted to make the best-looking driver’s car which is great value for money. We take great satisfaction to receive validation from Britain’s oldest and most respected car magazine.”
- JLR has reclaimed over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap from 11 UK press shops, which it can use in making new bodyshells via a unique high-strength aluminium alloy developed by REALCAR project partner Novells – that’s the weight of 200,000 XE bodyshells.
- 1000 Jaguars and Daimlers is the target for the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival on May 5-6, 2017. Supported by Jaguar Classic and organised by the JEC, the two-day festival at Windsor Castle will raise funds for the Prince Philip Trust.
Thomas & Lockie win first Jaguar Classic Challenge round
Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie powered their way to the chequered flag at Donington on May 2 in deluge conditions in their Denis Welch Motorsport-prepared E-type. The photo shows the Lockie-Thomas car leading Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen who finished 6th, then John Pearson who led for much of the race and finished a very strong second (car 12, also with a Welch-built engine), and Martin Stretton who finished close behind in third (car 53). Gary Pearson finished a very impressive 5th in the D-type.
The first round of Jaguar’s Classic Challenge for 2016 attracted a strong entry of 31 cars, also including Mk2s and XK 150s (E-type Club member Marc Gordon winning the XK class in his 150 FHC). At the same weekend, JD Classics’ Chris Ward scored a splendid win in the Costin Lister in the Stirling Moss Trophy.
- Jaguar Heritage’s new E-type panels were proudly displayed on the Heritage stand at the Paris Rétromobile show in February, alongside a cutaway 4.2-litre XK engine and the 1988 Le Mans winning Jaguar XJR-9.
- An exciting revision to the programme for the Jaguar Classic Challenge race series sees a round at the Le Mans Classic on July 8-10
replace Brands Hatch. The first round is at Donington Park on April 30 to May 2, while the Spa round in September has been dropped. See www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-classic-challenge.
- Brian Johnson, rock legend and AC/DC frontman, has added a new Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 to his car collection.
- A 200mph F-TYPE will be launched at Geneva on March 1: the new F-TYPE SVR, first – but for sure not the last – new Jaguar to wear the SVR badge, will be on sale this summer. Lighter, faster and more powerful, this tour de force from Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division even has a titanium exhaust system…
- JLR tops the bill yet again, this time in the Bloomberg Best Employers UK 2016 Survey, ahead of AstraZeneca, Harrods,
Adidas, Dyson, Microsoft , Estee Lauder… Rolls-Royce comes in 10th. Hugely impressive – and happy employers make good cars…
- Jaguar Specials at London Classic Car Show – After a successful inaugural event last year, the London Classic Car Show at ExCeL, Docklands, on February 18-21 looks set to be even better in 2016. Among many Jaguar-related attractions will be the launches of two impressive replicas of unique Jaguars. Neville Swales’ re-creation of the XJ13 using a complete original fourcam V12 (www.xj13.eu) has been mentioned before – it is now complete and can be seen and heard driving at the Show, with original XJ13 Project Manager Mike Kimberley in attendance, while alongside it will be launched commercially available replicas using the roadgoing single-cam V12. Just two prototypes were built of the 1999 Jaguar XK180, originally crafted to commemorate 50 years of the XK 120. Eric Fintelman wanted to build an accurate replica, so commissioned Dutch company JePe Specials (www.jepespecials.com) to produce an aluminium-bodied replica based on the XK8/XKR floorpan. The impressive result will be on display and replicas can be ordered at the show. Also to be launched at the show is a bold new venture from Uryk Dmyterko of E-type Fabs: the impressive uprated Evolution E-type will have a 24-valve 5-litre XK engine giving 400lb ft torque and weigh just 1000kg thanks to a high-strength aluminium body. Projected price is £600,000.
January / February
- Jaguar Heritage has announced that the Jaguar Heritage Challenge will adopt FIA Appendix K regulations for 2016, its second season, with the unanimous approval of competitors. Open to all pre-1966 Jaguars, the Challenge will run at Donington Classic on April 30 – May 1, Brands Hatch July 2-3, Nurburgring August 12-14, Oulton Park August 27-29 and one other venue to be confirmed: see www.hscc.org.uk/jaguar-heritage-challenge. Tim Hannig, MD JLR Heritage, said: “The Heritage business is all about cars, services, parts and of course experiences. The Jaguar Heritage Challenge has proved to be a fantastic way for owners to enjoy and experience their treasured classic Jaguars.”
- The Jaguar Heritage Trust is now installed in the new Collections Centre building at Gaydon, and 31 vehicles from the Heritage collection were displayed there in November, with more being brought over to increase numbers to 75 for the official opening of the rebranded British Motor Museum on February 13. The Trust no longer sells merchandise and Jaguar’s Technical Publications are currently no longer available.
- JLR has confirmed it will open a new world-class manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia, where the automotive sector now represents 43% of the country’s industry. Factory construction will commence this year and the first cars will roll out in late 2018, with an initial annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.
- Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory hosted celebrations for the 100th Birthday of the RAF’s 19 Squadron in November: the Squadron was formed
at Castle Bromwich airfield and later flew many Spitfires built in the factory. An E-type starred in the group photo.
- At the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in mid- November, this barnfind French-registered SI FHC was displayed on the Jaguar Heritage stand, attracting much debate over whether it should be restored, or preserved ‘as is’.
- After 55 years of thumbing, the original E-type Production Record book was in dire condition, leading Jaguar Heritage Trust to seek the assistance of a professional conservator. What remains of the original pages were individually and painstakingly preserved.
December / January
- British Motor Museum is the new name for the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, which is being completely revamped thanks to investment from Jaguar Land Rover, the Jaguar Heritage Trust, the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Saturday February 13 is the official opening date.
- Jaguar Land Rover’s US dealers took top spots in the Automotive News list of best dealerships to work for in 2015, with Baker Motor Co of Charleston SC taking 1st overall and top big dealer, and JLR Marin at Corte Madera, California, 2nd overall and top medium dealer.
November / December
- The new Collections Centre at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, which will house the Jaguar Heritage Trust from mid-November, is now completed and will hopefully be open to visitors during the second half of November – before the whole museum closes for major refurbishment at the end of the month. The Jaguar collection will be housed on the ground floor along with a 6-ramp workshop with overhead viewing gallery, with Daimlers and Lanchesters upstairs alongside the BMIHT reserve collection. Check www.jaguarheritage.com for new contact details.
- During the winter refurbishment, the Jaguar gallery in the main Heritage Motor Centre will be redesigned to a new semi-circular layout and repositioned – still featuring the Jaguar Sports and Racing Cars theme. The museum will reopen in mid-February.
- Jaguar Heritage’s workshops at Browns Lane are well and truly up and running, as this shot shows. The 340 saloon has just been fully recommissioned after being stored for 20 years.
- The Jaguar XF and XJ beat formidable competition to be named Best Used Executive Car and Best Used Luxury Car at the Auto Express Used Car Awards 2015 in October.
- Jaguar and top British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney have launched new “XJ-inspired” driving shoes, in styles named Weslake and Sayer,
priced at £325. See www.oliversweeney.com.
- This DNA-inspired sculpture by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum raised £11,000 at a charity auction for Cancer Research UK in October.
OBE for Club Patron Norman Dewis, January 2015
Jaguar’s test driver for 33 years, Norman Dewis, now a sprightly 94 years old, received an OBE in the New Year Honours List. Norman helped develop the multiple Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars, the pioneering XK 140 and 150 sports cars, the classic 2.4/3.4 and Mk2 saloons, the MkVII and MkVIIM, the legendary E-type (including the Lightweight), the XJ13 mid-engined prototype, the world-class XJ saloons, the XJ-S and the XJ40. He was co-driver to Sir Stirling Moss in a C-type in the 1952 Mille Miglia and, in 1953, set a 172.412mph production car speed record in a modified Jaguar XK 120 on a closed section of the Jabbeke highway, Belgium. He also drove a 190mph works D-type in the dramatic 1955 Le Mans 24hr race and competed in the famous Goodwood Nine Hours in the 1950s. He still retains a close relationship with Jaguar, acting as a global ambassador and a familiar face at many key motoring events around the world today. He is working with Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations’ newly established Jaguar Heritage Business organisation to help showcase its capabilities and vision. He is supporting the opening of the new Heritage workshop at Browns Lane, the extensive classic Jaguar parts offering, the launch of the new Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience in Warwickshire, and the brand new Lightweight E-type.
It is fantastic to see his contribution to Jaguar, and to British engineering, recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with the award of an OBE.” Norman also recently received a Personal Achievement award at the International Historic Motoring Awards for his jet-setting role in the 60th Birthday celebrations of the D-type: the Jaguar Heritage Trust’s D-type was displayed outside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel during the awards ceremony.
Jaguar News – February 2015
- One of the biggest safety issues in modern cars is the thickness of the screen/door pillars, which severely affect drivers’ view, far worse than on classics such as the E-type but essential to meet modern structural requirements.
- Now Jaguar Land Rover is working on Heads-Up Display technology giving drivers “transparent” pillars to give a 360° view, and also a ‘ghost’ car on the windscreen to follow, reducing the potential for accidents.
- Valuation experts agree that the Jaguar XE will have the lowest depreciation in its class when it hits the markets this year. JLR believes this will make the car particularly attractive to fleet buyers.
- Jaguar, Pinarello and Team Sky won Gold in the Product Design, Sport and Active Life category at the London Design Awards, for their successful collaboration to create the Dogma F8, “the best bicycle in the world”.
- Jaguar’s US sales for December were up 9%, their best since 2005.
Stolen E-type Recovered after 46 Years, 2014
Retired New York attorney Ivan Schneider had the shock of his life when, aged 82, he received a phone call from US Customs to say they had intercepted his stolen E-type in a container headed for Rotterdam: the car had been stolen in 1968, when it was just seven months old. Even better, Customs returned the E-type to him and he has arranged its restoration to its original Gunmetal paint: “I have a new Bentley convertible and a Mercedes-Benz SL63, but neither of them are as gorgeous as this vintage Jaguar roadster,” said Schneider. “I just remember it as a wonderful car. Of all the cars I’ve owned – and I’ve owned a lot – it was the prettiest. It was my daily driver and in seven months I put around 6000 miles on it. During weekends, I’d get up before sunrise and go off for a drive while no-one was around. I’d run out to Long Island and take it up to 100mph on the freeway, it was fun.”
The mystery of the car’s last 46 years has not been revealed, nor the identity of its disappointed customer waiting in Rotterdam…
XE Launched in London – September 2014
September 8 saw Jaguar take over Earls Court and light up London to launch the new XE S model, with narration from John Hannah and performances by Emeli Sandé, The Kaiser Chiefs, Eliza Doolittle and The Royal Ballet. The new car was dramatically delivered to Earls Court by helicopter and high-speed landing craft down the Thames, then escorted by 1960s Mk2 Police cars.
Lightweights – and new Jaguar Heritage – Launched September 2014
August 14 at Pebble Beach saw the launch of the new factory-built E-type Lightweight Continuation prototype, alongside the US-market production F-TYPE Project 7 and other top new Jaguar and Land Rover models. The Lightweight and Project 7 were then unveiled on September 12-14 at Goodwood Revival. Just six will be built, in addition to the prototype that has now been unveiled, and will be assembled by skilled craftsmen at JLR Special Operations’ new Jaguar Heritage Workshop at Browns Lane (also open for classic Jaguar servicing: tel 020 3601 1255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that this is a new use of the Jaguar Heritage moniker, also currently in use by the JDHT: confusing. Jaguar Classic Parts has been renamed Jaguar Heritage Parts (www.jaguarheritageparts.com) and the collection of vehicles bought from James Hull plus a couple of cars from the late John Coombs’ estate have become the Jaguar Heritage Collection.
Whitley, UK, 14th August, 2014 – Jaguar Land Rover announces that it has chosen Prologis Park, Ryton, near Coventry for the company’s investment in its Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre
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E-type Club Members’ Photos
We are always on the lookout for member photos e-types in various situations for the magazine and website. In the May edition of the E-type magazine Abigail put a request out to club members for magazine cover photos. We were looking for a ‘different shot’ and as a result we had many images sent to us and all of them were wonderful. Some of the images will go on the cover, some will be used elsewhere in the magazines and others for marketing material over time.
Please click here to view the member photos that we were sent.