WORKS LISTER JAGUAR VPP9 – ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

Believe it or not, we have been working on establishing the life of the tragic and glorious works Lister Jaguar VPP9 for more decades than we care to think about.

VPP9 is the car the great Archie Scott Brown was driving when he was killed at Spa in the first half of 1958.

The registration reappeared a few months later, and again with a different body it was the co-team car at Le Mans in 1959.  Was it all the same chassis though?

It had a chequered life after that, and ended up in Sydney where it was converted to Corvette V8 power.  By now its previous history was lost – and even the VPP9 plate on the rear meant nothing to people then.

It remained in Australia until the mid-2000s, but its full life has remained a puzzle.

Thanks to Chris Haigh in Sydney, former owner of a works prepared racing Mk1, we have been able to access images of the car never seen before – when it was drag raced with the Corvette engine.

Historically the images are priceless, and you will read in the coming edition how they fill a massive hole in the mysterious car’s long life.

It was raced in Australia and Europe by Brisbane owner Don Thallon, and with major success (above).

There are more important facts to it than I have explained here though, and more shots.

Don’t miss this edition because this is of major international importance.  The Lister Jaguar VPP9 is back in the UK by the way.

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HISTORIC S.S. JAGUAR 100 SOLD TO THE UK

Greg Berkman owned his 3.5 Litre S.S. Jaguar 100 from 1961 until 2018, but now the historic machine, which raced in the 1949 Australian Grand Prix, has found a new home.  Greg advertised his car for the first time in this magazine two editions ago.

Chassis #39029 is now heading back to the UK for the first time since 1939!

More details in our coming edition.

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HEADS DOWN ON THE NEXT EDITION – APOLOGIES

I am sorry we have not had news through here lately.

I am running behind schedule on the next edition so am keeping my head down and fingers on the keyboard.

Never fear though, if something startling happens it will be right here.

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PREVIEW OF EDITION #194

This is our cover and there are great stories:

The 50th anniversary the great XJ saloon.

70 years of the XK

The under heralded Bob Blake – key to Cunningham and Jaguar successes

Twin road test comparisons of the XF diesel saloon and the petrol F-Pace

David Hobbs- ex-Daimler and Jaguar Apprentice and even XJ13 tester who became a racing and media star

Le Mans historic meeting

XJ-R – X300 model ownership

… and Bruce McLaren’s factory competition Mk2 chassis #14 – alive and very well.

… and that’s just the start of what is in this magazine.

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LATEST EDITION IS NOW PUBLISHED

The latest edition (#193) of Jaguar Magazine is now published in digital form on the Magzter platform (link is below), and the hard copy magazine will be printed by the end of this week for subscribers, club members and those who buy it in shops.

It is another huge edition with a widespread range of features from the present day, going back into Jaguar’s deep history.

Features include:

CUBA

The surprising story of how three D-Types and two XK-SSs raced in Cuba and were owned there – even after the Revolution in 1959.  It is filled with surprises.

E-PACE AND EVOQUE

We test both the brand new Jaguar E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque in their highest specifications, and conduct a back-to-back comparison.  Which will we, or you, prefer?

30 YEARS SINCE THE FIRST JAGUAR V12 LE MANS WIN

Hard to believe, but right now it is exactly 30 years since Tom Walkinshaw Racing took Jaguar to its first Le Mans victory since 1957.  We examine that legendary win and not from the angle of a race report.  We were there for the win, and in the pits.  There is much more to tell from the inside because TWR had three cars run by their European team and two by their new US stable.  The politics and untold stories were intriguing.

CLIFF RUDDELL – THE JAGUAR DESIGNER WHO MADE THE SECRETS

Cliff Ruddell was apprenticed to Jaguar as an engineer but became one of its head designers.  He worked under Sir William Lyons and Sir John Egan, and for the first time tells all the stories about abandoned plans, lost models and how the successes were achieved.  His self-penned story is intriguing and historic.

JAGUAR NATIONAL RALLY

The most important enthusiast Jaguar event of the year it is reported by the highly qualified Wandy McIntyre-Leake with superb images by Terry McGrath.

GALA CONCOURS IN FLORIDA

Sharon and Allen Spurlin are our life-lines in the US, and they took themselves to the spectacular JCNA eventstaged by the Jaguar Club of Florida.  Their report includes very personal stories of ownership and great images.

That is just the start – there much more in edition #193.  It comes with the highest quality in editorial and printing terms.

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