ICONIC JAGUARS WHICH HAVE BEEN AND – MOSTLY – GONE. A SHORT SERIES

OKV1 on the right prior to the start of Le Mans in 1954

Perhaps some of the cars in this little series of posts I am going to put up were not as appreciated as much as they should have been when they were in Australia, but this first one is revered.

Sadly, there are no genuine C or D-Types left in Australia despite the very many which were in that country. Restrictive import regulations and costs are such that even collectors cars can generally stay no longer than twelve months, so weep for Australian devotees when you see each of these cars.

The first one we are featuring is the most famous.

It is D-Type OKV1, or XKC402, the first D-Type built after the prototype and the lead car at the D-Type’s debut race, Le Mans 1954.

It finished second there by around just 100 seconds, and its first private owner was one of its drivers at Le Mans, Duncan Hamilton. He raced it, and next sold it to Sydney resident Brit, John ‘Jumbo’ Goddard, who converted it into his road car, and it seems probable his job convinced Jaguar to produce the XK-SS.

Jumbo bought the car to Sydney and kept it at his Palm Beach home. It was not treated like a prima donna. He drove it regularly to Melbourne, and to a Jaguar Rally at Griffith with his wife Kate in 1974.

Jumbo and Kate Goddard in OKV1 at Griffith in 1974

Sadly, when Jumbo died in 1983 the car was sold soon after and flown back to the UK where it remains to this day. For many years it was a star exhibit at the National Motor Museum (Beaulieu).

However, it made a big impression in Australia and is still much loved there. Thanks Jumbo.

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PANASONIC JAGUAR ON THE PODIUM AND 8TH IN SWITZERLAND


Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans finished second in the Swiss E-Prix in Bern to achieve his second ABB FIA Formula E podium. The Kiwi fought a race-long battle with Jean-Eric Verge and a last-minute rain shower to power him to fourth in the driver standings. Mathematically he still has a chance to win the Formula E title at the season five finale in New York next month.DOWNLOAD  

  • Mitch Evans secured his second podium of the season, finishing in second place after race-long battle with Jean-Eric Vergne 
  • Alex Lynn achieved his second points for the team, finishing in P7
  • Mitch Evans in fourth place in the driver standings ahead of the season five finale in New York next month 

Teammate Alex Lynn secured his best result for Jaguar since joining the team mid-season and brought the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 over the line in seventh.

Another impressive qualifying performance saw both drivers qualify within the top 10. Mitch advanced to Super Pole with the fastest time during group qualifying before taking to the grid in P2. Alex put in a solid performance to line up P10.

An early collision at the first corner saw a large pile up and the race was stopped after just 54 seconds. Mitch restarted in P2 and Alex in P9.

Both drivers pushed hard to attack, but few overtaking opportunities on the narrow street circuit made it difficult to move up the rankings.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team will now prepare for the double-header season finale in New York on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July and aim to finish season five on a high.

“It feels great to be back on the podium for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, but I definitely feel I had the pace today to take the top step. The Jaguar I-TYPE 3 felt extremely fast and I want to thank everyone in the team for giving me a great racecar. It was harder than I expected to overtake here. I was hoping I’d be able to move on Jean-Eric Vergne under Attack Mode, but that didn’t materialise, he was defending well. There was no time loss to activate Attack Mode, which I think saved him today. When the rain came down, it was really difficult, so I was happy to take P2. There is a big points gap to Jean-Eric in the standings but anything is possible in New York and I will be fully focused on taking every opportunity.”

MITCH EVANS
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER, #20

“Overall it was a great day for the team; Mitch on the podium in P2 and my best result for the team in P7. The upward trend continues for us as a team in this second half of the season, which is really exciting. We continued our points-run, so we will take this momentum with us to the season finale. For New York, we just need to keep working hard and hopefully we can finish on a high.”

ALEX LYNN
PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING DRIVER, #3

“To achieve our second podium for Panasonic Jaguar Racing is a great achievement – it is testament to the hard work of the whole team and I’m incredibly proud. We did very well today on a difficult racetrack – tight corners, a challenging circuit making it very difficult to overtake. It was a terrific drive from both drivers – Mitch pushed Vergne for the whole race and Alex made up three places, but there were very few chances today. We know the pace of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3, so it’s great to finally put all the pieces together and convert that back into good championship points. We will take that energy with us all the way to New York. Mitch is in third place and there is everything to work hard for!”

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RATAN TATA – JAGUAR LAND ROVER IS NOT FOR SALE. ELECTRIC F-TYPE REPLACEMENT …

Jaguar Land Rover has teased and electric F-Type, as well as a similar XJ with a V6 variant to follow sometime after.

The company recently revealed a bunch of details over its upcoming lineup. And, during a presentation earlier this month, they disclosed that their new Modular Longitudinal Architecture will be launched on a “large SUV and a large premium sedan”. While they did not go into details, the models are rumored to be the next-gen Range Rover and the Jaguar XJ.

According to an unconfirmed report by Automotive News, the next XJ will come in the form of an electric vehicle. But JLR’s presentation did confirm that there will be mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models to their inbound X-Series.

It was also revealed that the electric vehicles based on the MLA platform will be strapped with a 90.2 kWh battery pack able to power them for up to 292 miles before needing a recharge. The plug-in hybrid variants based on the architecture will contain a 13.1 kWh battery and an electric range of 31 miles.

Meanwhile, the F-Type will have a mild-hybrid and a fueled powertrain, with JLR admitting that a question mark near the EV logo is a possibility.

JLR is currently struggling amid a difficult financial period. However, CEO Dr. Ralph Speth says that the company is not for sale, as has been rumored.

“Today it’s very simple. Jaguar Land Rover is not for sale,” he told Auto Express in an interview. “We are owned by TATA of India. This is the way things will stay. TATA – with Jaguar and Land Rover – is a leader, producing leading products that have won a total of six World Car Awards in the last three years.”

The company has been operating at a lower profit as of late, with interest in their diesel vehicles dwindling, while Brexit hits and poor sales in China also factors in heavy losses last year.

It had been reported that JLR could be sold, but owner Ratan Tata claimed that the stories were false. Speth has since backed that up with his claims, also adding that the likes of Peugeot-Citroen and FCA have been in similar situations before and that JLR could have purchased them if they wanted to.

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IAN CALLUM GETS A GONG IN THE QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS

 Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.  Awarded for services to the automotive industry, the accolade recognises the significant contribution Ian has made to car design throughout an extraordinary career spanning four decades. 

Ian Callum said: “I feel extremely privileged to receive a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. I‘ve dedicated my life to car design and I’ve been fortunate to spend my career doing what I love and working with some very talented people.

“My biggest highlights have been the transformation of Jaguar design over the past 20 years and designing the first all-electric Jaguar – the I-PACE SUV, a triple winner in the 2019 World Car of the Year awards. I give immense credit to my team and I feel this recognition is a reflection of the success we have all created.”

Ian spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design Studios contributing to the creation of the Escort RS Cosworth and the Ghia Via Concept, before moving on to become Chief Designer of TWR Design, where he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9.

Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Ian has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs. These include F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type, the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car of the Year.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents, in 2005 Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. In 2014 he received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design.

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