SNEAK LOOK AT OUR PRE-CHRISTMAS EDITION

It is always fun to find out what is coming up in a magazine, and our pre-Christmas edition is no exception.

A yearly subscription is also on special discount to help make it an affordable present to anyone – anywhere in the world.

Here are some of the main features in edition #190:

XJ40 – we look for the first launch cars from Scotland with input from Jaguar’s original Design Department members – and review the model’s reception.
 
XJ13 – we investigate closely if it could have beaten the Ford GT40 at Le Mans.
 
XJ-S Manual – the owner of a rare Facelift V12 Convertible instals a factory-quality five speed manual transmission.
 
V12 E-Types – we find the Series 2 converted prototypes – some of which had six cylinder engines
 
Larry Perkins – the famous Aussie who finished 4th for Jaguar at Le Mans in 1988.
 
Jaguar Experience – the new way Jaguar gets potential buyers into their cars.
 
E-Type – best buying advice.
 
Dr Boorman – the eccentric 1955 C-Type owner who loved photography – we find his hidden transparencies and publish them.
 
.. and loads more
 
I do hope that if you are a current or new reader you will enjoy it.  I am sure you will learn a lot you didn’t know about our favourite marque.

It’s all in edition #190:

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RODDY’S HISTORIC TWR XJ-S ON THE PODIUM AT SUNDOWN

Congratulations to Mike Roddy, owner and racer of the Spa 24 Hour and Bathurst 1000 race winning TWR XJ-S.

Mike has owned this priceless piece of Jaguar history for many years, having found and bought it in Scotland without knowing which of the team cars it was.  He has maintained it carefully in pristine original, and undamaged condition.

On Sunday, and in front of former TWR Jaguar engineer Ian ‘Blue’ Dorward (over from New Zealand for the occasion) who helped built it new, crewed it at Spa and managed the winning team at Bathurst in 1985, Mike took second place outright for the weekend.

That was a mighty feat considering the competition he was racing against, and the fact his is a genuine historic machine which he treats with caution.

To top it off, the prizes were awarded by great Australian actor, and Jaguar owner (his ‘MkIV’ was seen in the Dr Blake Mysteries on the same night), John Woods.  Mike is seen on the second right with John in the hat.

Between that triumph at Sandown, and the effort of the Kirby and Waldock F-Type to win at Mt Buller, also in Victoria – it was a brilliant few days for Jaguar in competition in Australia.

 

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WELCOME BACK TO THE GAUDIONS AFTER STARRING AT THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL

Thanks to the enthusiasm and sheer hard work of Clive Beecham, owner of ex-works and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type XKD603, the car which finished second at Le Mans in 1957, Aussie engineer Ron Gaudion who prepared all of the three Le Mans winning D-Types, built the first 10 production D-Types and most of the works Long Nose racers – starred for Jaguar at the 2017 Goodwood Revival.

 

Ron and his Scottish-born wife May were in the UK for almost three weeks and did major Jaguar-orientated things they could not have dreamed of.  They were in huge demand by the world’s motoring press and media who were amazed that Ron had stories they had never heard because is the man who was on the spot making Jaguar history happen.

Today we met up for the first time since Ron and May returned home, and he remains gobsmacked at the fuss made and the attention given to him during the whole time.

He and May remain the same lovely humble people though, and his whole story in the UK in 2017 is a 10 page feature in our current edition.

We have known him for decades and he has been part of the magazine since our foundation in 1984 – but now the whole international Jaguar scene knows him.

You will be amazed when you read his story in our feature.

Well done to Clive Beecham – he is the man who made it happen.

There is only Ron and Norman Dewis left from the factory racing perspective, and Ron and former Ecurie Ecosse apprentice Pat Meehan from the Scottish team era.  Ron is THAT important.

It’s all in edition #189:

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I-PACE NOMINATED FOR ‘WHAT CAR?’ READER AWARD

The I-PACE, Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, has been short listed for the What Car? Reader Award, where the public choose the car they are most excited about seeing in 2018.

It is competing against 12 other new vehicles with the winner being crowned at the What Car? Awards in January.

The Jaguar I-PACE is an electric car that combines a super car silhouette with sports car performance, five-seater SUV versatility and zero emissions.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “We are extremely excited about the arrival of Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle and cannot wait to see the reaction of UK buyers. We believe the I-PACE’s groundbreaking design, true Jaguar performance and competitive range and charging times will make it the first real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV.”

The motoring public can vote on the car they most look forward to seeing at www.wcreaderaward.com until the closing date on 4 December at 17:00 (GMT).

When the production version is revealed it will become the latest member of Jaguar’s successful PACE family of SUVs.

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ONE BUSINESS ACQUIRES 30 NEW XF SPORTBRAKES – XF TOPS JD POWER SURVEY

Jaguar has delivered a fleet of 30 all-new XF Sportbrake models to Portfolio Cars, a subsidiary of the We Know Group. They will be used by Portfolio as a superior transport service for its VIP customers around Heathrow Airport.

With a 1700-litre load space, self-levelling suspension and a host of other features, Portfolio’s decided on the Jaguars for important clients and their baggage.

Portfolio Cars also took delivery of 18 Jaguar XF saloons in late 2015 alongside two Jaguar XJ LWB models, replacing their fleet of Mercedes-Benz models. In late 2016, they also took delivery of eight additional XJ LWB and 38 XF models, followed by a further 10 XF models in April 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, Jeremy Hicks, said: “We’re thrilled that our longstanding relationship with Portfolio Cars has continued with this order of 30 XF Sportbrake models. With low running costs and a spacious, luxurious cabin – not to mention the sports car-inspired styling – our line-up of cars is ticking every box for business customers.”

Peter Buchanan, Portfolio Cars Chairman, said: “The XF Sportbrake is the epitome of understated luxury and style, packed full of innovative features and a really flexible and spacious cabin. Our highly valued clients expect a quiet and comfortable journey, and XF Sportbrake was an irresistible proposition for us. This is the next step in our excellent partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, and we look forward to building our fleet further with them in the future.”

The Jaguar XF was recently the highest ranked ‘Large and Luxury Car’ in the JD Power Survey. Focusing on reliability and customer experience, the Jaguar XF’s position was secured by feedback from genuine customers who have owned their cars for 12-36 months.

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