VALE: CARL LINDNER

It is with considerable regret that we have to relay the news of the death of Carl Linder in the Barossa Valley outside Adelaide.

Carl was many things to many people – a champion Aussie Rules footballer, builder, developer, winery owner of major importance, a massive promoter of the Barossa – and a deep lover of Jaguar cars.

Carl acquired a very large number of Jaguars, including four significant S.S.1s, while also building beautiful replica C and D-Types.

He and Matthew Wiesner, MD of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, and also born in South Australia, met last Christmas and spoke of working together on projects to utilise Jaguars and Barossa assets into the future.

Carl is on the left in the group image, with Matthew second on the right.

Carl had battled cancer for a number of years, and lived way past what was predicted – but he was a determined man!  He was 73 when he died on Sunday.

He will be deeply missed, and we send his family and friends our very deepest sympathies on their loss.

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50 SOMETHING YEARS LATER IT COMES HOME

Alan Hannah is a keen Jaguar owner and racer in Brisbane.  On hearing about his passion another a friend showed him a trophy he had brought out from England – having bought it at a charity fete.

Thoughtfully, he gave the trophy to Alan, and Alan’s research showed that while it was won at Goodwood by famous Lightweight E-Type period race Peter Lumsden  – it was the last race and trophy won by his Lightweight!

The famous car in question is specially streamlined 49 FXN, and today it is owned and raced by Adam Linderman.  It is the first Low Drag E-Type built, and with Alan Hannah attending the Revival in 2017 he contacted Adam to tell him about the trophy he owned.  It reads:  ‘Goodwood, 3rd April 1965, First Place, PJS Lumsen, Jaguar E, 93.5 mph’.

Well, the good news is that the pair met at the Revival – and the trophy was handed over to owner Adam Linderman.  It has now been reunited with the car for the first time in 52 years!

Nice.

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BATHURST 1985 – FROM OUR RETRO PERSPECTIVE

How can I can’t sit and watch a very wet Bathurst 1000 race today on television without my mind going back to 1985.

Our magazine was just 12 months old, and we worked very close then with John Crawford, PR Manager Jaguar Rover Australia.

Thanks to John I spent the entire four days at Bathurst viewing the TWR JRA XJ-S effort and victory from the pits – you are a star JC.

That allowed us to get more inside Jaguar shots than anyone else and information too.

Ot’s time to share a few of them again – and Jaguar will be showing Mike Roddy’s 1985 Bathurst winning XJ-S on its stand next week at the Motorclassica at the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings.

The TWR team members told me at Bathurst that the win there, and the 24 Hour win at Spa, were the two most important victories in the  factory-XJ-S racing career.

This very same car won BOTH of those races!!!

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TOM PETTY’S FAVOURITE CAR WAS HIS XJ-S CONVERTIBLE

It was a sad week for all sorts of reasons, but one was the sudden death of US musical superstar Tom Petty at 66 years of age.

Petty was a big car enthusiast too, and his favourite was one of the last XJS models ever made. Introduced in 1975 as a successor to the iconic E-Type,the XJ-S (this was the official name until 1991) was originally offered as a coupe only. Powered by a massive 5.3-liter V-12, the car was gorgeous and on par with Lamborghini and Ferrari products performance-wise. A revised model was launched in 1981, with targa and convertible versions introduced in 1983 and 1988, respectively. An inline-six engine was added. The third-generation model changed the name from XJ-S to XJS and brought more modern styling cues, but the car remained recognizable on the outside. Production of the luxury two-door ended in 1996 when it was replaced by the XK8. That’s when Petty ordered his own.

And his choice had quite the interesting story, as described when he sold the car for charity in 2012.

“I have so many great memories associated with this car,” said Petty. “When I began dating Dana (his wife), I asked her what her favorite car was. So, I phoned the office and said I wanted a champagne convertible Jaguar XJS. The next day, they delivered it to my house and showed me how everything worked, and I took it for a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. I was in heaven, as was Dana. This car has such an incredible design. My favorite car I ever owned. We sure are going to miss it.”

The convertible was auctioned off on eBay, and all proceeds went to Doctors Without Borders, a medical humanitarian organisation.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER HAS BEST SALES MONTH SINCE 2003

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC today reported September 2017 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 3,296 units, a 24 percent increase from 2,662 units in September 2016; Land Rover sales increased 14 percent to 6,407 units from 5,637 in September 2016; Jaguar Land Rover September U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,703 units, a 17 percent increase from 8,299 units in September 2016. Year to date, Jaguar Land Rover is up 13% percent in the United States, building on 2016’s record year sales pace.

“September was a strong month for Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S. with both brands powered by demand for our newest SUV models, the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “We look forward to a strong final two months of the year with our strongest lineups ever.”

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