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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ELECTRIC JAGUAR BREAKS RECORDS AT SHELSLEY WALSH

The Jaguar I-TYPE 2 Formula E race car has set a new electric car course record of 30.46 seconds at the world-famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Worcestershire. The record attempt – a partnership between GKN Driveline and the Panasonic Jaguar Racing ABB FIA Formula E Championship team – saw New Zealander Mitch Evans pilot the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 on its dynamic debut in the UK on Sunday 12 August, breaking the previous record by 6.84 seconds.

GKN Driveline brought Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s car, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, to Shelsley Walsh to coincide with the 113th anniversary of the very first hill climb at the historic venue. Mitch Evans’ record-setting run up the hill saw one of the most advanced electric vehicles tackling the world’s oldest motorsport venue that still uses its original course.

Gordon Day at GKN Innovation Centre, Abingdon, said: “In breaking the electric car course record with the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, we’ve helped to show the incredible potential of pure electric drive to an ever-broader group of enthusiasts. It was a privilege to partner with Panasonic Jaguar Racing on this endeavour, showcasing the I-TYPE 2 in its UK track debut with a suitably thrilling result.”

Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, said: “It was a great honour to drive the Jaguar I-TYPE 2 at such a historic venue, and the whole team was elated with the record time we managed to achieve. Formula E fans in the UK were incredibly welcoming, and it was great to see them so excited about the car’s debut run here. I’m proud to have moved the class-best result a step further towards a potential pure electric outright hill record in the future.”

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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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MAX MEETS RON GAUDION FOR THE FIRST TIME

Loyal readers now know all about Aussie engineer Ron Gaudion, the only person to prepare and crew the three Le Mans winning D-Types, and a very popular star of the Goodwood Revival in 2017 – thanks to the foresight and efforts of D-Type owner Clive Beecham.

Today Ron, and his Scottish-born wife May, who met and married while Ron worked for Ecurie Ecosse in 1956/57 and part of 58, drove from their home on the Queensland Gold Coast to enjoy lunch with long time friend of this magazine and Jaguar owner/devotee, Max Joffe, and his lovely wife Lorraine.

Ron in the tartan cap prepares the ex-works Ecurie Ecosse D-Type in 1957.

Max and Lorraine flew from Melbourne to have Ron sign the underside of the passenger compartment lid of his replica D-Type.

It was a special occasion, and a huge amount of fun and you can read about it further in our next edition.

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