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.

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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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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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JASON LEN’S XKS UNLIMITED PASSES OWNERSHIP TO MOSS MOTORS

One of most loyal and favoured advertisers, XKs Unlimited in California, has been sold by Jason Len to Moss Motors, Ltd.

XKs Unlimited specialises in parts for a wide range of Jaguars including the iconic and desirable Jaguar XKs and E-Types. Serving the Jaguar enthusiasts since 1973, XKs Unlimited has always prided itself on its selection of parts, great customer service and dedication to the Jaguar community. This legacy of commitment to supplying Jaguar owners with the parts they need to restore and maintain their classic cats will now continue with the support and guidance of Moss Motor’s nearly 70 years of experience in the British car parts and restoration business.

The addition of XKs Unlimited’s operations, personnel and expertise to the Moss Motors, Ltd. family further solidifies Moss’s leadership in the vintage British car parts marketplace and creates a one-stop source for Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Austin Healey and classic Mini restoration shops, service providers and owners alike. “We’ve always prided ourselves on doing everything we could to keep these unique and fun British cars on the road,” says Moss Motors Chairman, Robert Goldman. “Moss started out servicing and supplying parts for British sports cars including Jaguars here in California almost 70 years ago, and even owned the local Jaguar dealership for many years. We’ve sold Jaguar and classic British car parts to our valued customers ever since, so adding XKs Unlimited to our family just reinforces our commitment to all the British marques, but especially our Jaguar heritage.”

Regarding the acquisition, XKs Unlimited founder, Jason Len said, “With my desire to concentrate more on my first love, the direct restoration of classic Jaguars and British sports cars, I will continue on with the ownership of the restoration shop at the same location, but with the new name XKs Motorsport.  I just felt I needed to find someone that would take good care of our longtime XKs Unlimited customers; to find the right stewards for our parts side of the business.” “And with Moss Motors’ already existing support of Jaguar and their great reputation for customer service and value; everything just came together.”

XKs Unlimited is a classic Jaguar parts specialist founded in 1973 and located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Moss Motors, Ltd., founded in 1948 is a multi-national warehouse distributor, manufacturer and retailer of performance, restoration and replacement parts for vintage British and specialty market vehicles including Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Austin Healey, classic Mini and Miata. Moss Motors, Ltd. is THE SOURCE for your classic British car needs. Moss Motors, Ltd. 440 Rutherford Street, Goleta, CA 93117.

We wish Jason a happy future, and have followed his world travels on Facebook for some time – well deserved Jason, and thanks from me and Jaguar Magazine.

 

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COULD XJ13 HAVE BEATEN THE GT40 AT LE MANS? FIND OUT IN THE NEXT EDITION

I don’t think it has been thoroughly analysed before because it never raced and ran out of time – but could the XJ13 have won at Le Mans against the might of Ford and its GT40?

We have now conducted a very thorough examination the facts and direct comparisons, and you may be surprised at our independent conclusions.

More than that even – why didn’t the XJ13, especially since it had a purpose-built new quad cam V12 engine, ever race?

1964 Ford GT

We have found out why, and why the entire secret programme stalled and caused a huge amount of angst amongst Jaguar’s Experimental Department engineers and test drivers – some of whom raced the GT40 or other similar sportscars at the time!

Through Lofty England, Jaguar even borrowed a GT40 from Ford Advance Vehicles to examine, and we find the very same car.  We also investigate the scale of the Ford effort to win Le Mans with the GT40 thanks to the late-Frank Gardner who was part of it’s Le Mans programme on multiple occasions.

It is a fascinating story, and also a tribute to the brilliance of Jaguar’s minuscule team of engineers.

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JAGUAR PLANNING TO BREAK NURBURGRING RECORD WITH PROJECT 8 – AUTOCAR

Jaguar development drivers are pushing the brand’s most powerful road-going car, the XE SV Project 8, to its limit at the Nürburgring, with the objective of setting a new lap record.

The 592bhp saloon model, a Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) creation, is at the end of its pre-production schedule and on course for customer deliveries from May 2018. Jaguar is understood to be eager to secure the fastest time for four-door models around Germany’s Green Hell.

The car, which is the brand’s second special edition following the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 in 2014, will have to beat the current quickest four-door, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and its 7min 32sec time. The XE’s advantage will come with its much clearer track focus, which makes it so far removed from the regular XE that it will be hand-built at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry rather than at the regular plant in Solihull.

 

Like the Project 7, the special XE model makes use of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. But power has been ramped up to unprecedented levels, peaking at 23bhp more than the special-edition F-Type. The XE SV is all-wheel drive, rather than being rear-driven like the Project 7, and uses a specially tuned version of its eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

The Project 8 is Jaguar’s most accelerative current model, with a 0-60mph time of 3.3sec beating the all-wheel-drive F-Type SVR by two-tenths. This edges the XE SV into the realms of the Porsche 911 GT3 and ahead of fellow limited-run track special, the BMW M4 GTS.

Jaguar’s £149,995 model uses racing-specification bodywork to produce downforce. It gets an adjustable front splitter, a flat underbody, a rear diffuser and carbonfibre bumper, and an adjustable rear wing.

Although the exterior looks broadly similar to the regular XE, it has been extensively reworked: 75% of the bodywork is new, with only the front doors and roof unchanged from the production models. In particular, the front headlights have been moved forward by 14mm to allow for extra cooling and engine work.

 

The Project 8 gets a bespoke carbonfibre bonnet that’s 3kg lighter than the production version. It also includes an air extraction duct for extra engine cooling.

Its widened body features arches that extend 55mm further out to accommodate the 305-width tyres. The revised panels required SVO engineers to also install custom-made rear doors.

The car’s exterior has been developed with wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics simulations. Jaguar says it has achieved a 205% reduction in lift in Track mode, with the car producing more than 122kg of downforce at 186mph.

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