STRONG RUMOUR – A GENUINE D-TYPE COMING BACK TO AUSTRALIA …

According to a well known and very reliable source, a famous former Australian D-Type which has been owned in Europe for a number of years, has been sold to a motor racing personality in Australia and is heading back.

We know the car and buyer, but can’t reveal them yet.

Stay tuned though …

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FRANK GARDNER – 10 YEARS GONE

Frank crewed the winning Aston Martin at Le Mans in 1959 and later test drove Don Thallon’s 1959 Le Mans Lister Jaguar for us.

The great international racing engineer, racer, team owner, road safety devotee and test driver Frank Gardner died exactly 10 years ago. He remains sadly missed.

Frank’s first fibreglass bodied XK120 was reproduced by him in his ‘retirement’.

Frank was grounded in Jaguar, preparing and racing his XK120, C-Type and D-Type before heading to European success in late 1958. He also owned and operated a Jaguar specialist Mobil service station at Avalon on the northern beaches of Sydney.

His C-Type XKC037 was rebuilt by him following a road crash with its previous owner. His success in it put him on the path to Europe.

We pay tribute to Frank in our coming edition, a man who loved Jaguar to the core, and told us he wanted too own a new Jaguar before he died.

He had a massive influence on this magazine – we will explain how.

D-Type XKD520 was also rebuilt by him following a previous owner’s road crash. It remains one of the best original D-Types.

Vale Frank for 10 years departed.

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PETER WHITEHEAD AND COOPER JAGUARS – FULL OF SURPRISES

Le Mans 1955 and the Whitehead Cooper Jaguar leads the tragic Mercedes-Benz which was to crash into the crowd very soon after.

We believe the late-Peter Whitehead is vastly under-appreciated as a team owner, Jaguar works driver and personal team owner.

He requested John Cooper to create the Cooper Jaguar sports racer and he owned one third of all Cooper Jaguars built. He also won the 1938 Australian Grand Prix, the first race at Bathurst, the first Australian Hill Climb Championship, Le Mans for Jaguar in 1951, the Czech F1 Grand Prix, finished seventh in the first F1 Drivers World Championship, and was second at Le Mans in 1958 with his brother in Peter’s own Aston Martin.

He was also the first person to buy a F1 Ferrari from Enzo Ferrari – and so it goes on and on.

His 1955 Le Mans Cooper Jaguar, the first T38, is the best and most original of any surviving Cooper Jaguars, and we highlight both the man and the car in our coming edition.

It was always fast and successful, never damaged and was hidden untouched for 17 years before being found and completely overhauled in the late 1970s It is seen above in Tasmania early in the 1960s.

It is pristine and lives quietly in Brisbane, Australia having arrived in New Zealand, then Australia late in 1955.

It is a fascinating feature in our coming edition, and we too are spellbound by it. Make sure you get to feel the same.

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JAGUAR, LAND ROVER AND BMW TEAMING UP TO HELP EACH OTHER

Jaguar, which is partnered up with famous British SUV brand Land Rover, is reportedly working on tow compact SUVs with none other than BMW. That might sound like a weird choice, but quite a few other automakers have been leveraging Bimmer platforms for quite some time.

The rumoured new Jaguar SUVs are supposed to be compact, with one employing a “coupe” body style. They’re said to be using the BMW FAAR platform, which we know from the new BMW X1 and Mini Countryman.

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have been collaborating already, including sharing engines, but this marks a new phase in that relationship. Perhaps just as shocking, this deal means Land Rover might be leveraging the BMW platform to launch a new entry-level SUV model.

It’s no secret that SUVs are hot, especially in the luxury market. With sales dipping, automakers are looking for any edge they can gain. And while Jaguar has been known for making luxurious, engaging cars, it’s looking to shift its lineup a little more toward SUVs.

These kinds of collaborations between automakers are going to become increasingly more common. The push toward cutting-edge technologies, plus increased competition globally is behind this trend.

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JORDAN AND HIS GEMS AT PEBBLE BEACH

He is still young by most standards, immensely talented as a commercial pilot, engineer and entrepreneur while his father owns the Bathurst and Spa winning TWR XJ-S.

Not a bad profile!

Now Jordan Roddy is in California for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey historic race meeting.

He is not on his own though and this is one of the four or five TWR V12 XJR-15s he has restored and/or rebuilt – while at the bottom level is the ex-David Brabham V12 Lamborghini racer he owns and has most recently totally restored.

We wish him well and look forward to the tales and images.

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