Mark and David Shorter live in Auckland and adore Jaguars. They should because their surname heralds the name of Jaguar’s longest established current dealership in the world – Archibald and Shorter.
Their grandfather emigrated from England when he was 10 years old, and became a dynamo in New Zealand. He was a taxi driver, built a fleet of Essex taxis, then chauffeur-driven cars, rental cars and became the official dealer for Auburn and Cord.
He sold hundreds of cars a year, and in 1938 William Lyons made him the distributor for New Zealand’s S.S. and later Jaguar cars.
His son took over the business and continued to build it, then his five sons later managed it.
That is just the start of the tale though – and it is history-making as well as fascinating. It is not to be missed, and both Mark and David have worked with us to put this feature together.
You will be able to read it in both digital and hardcopy.
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One of the unique stories I am working on now covers those always unsung heroes in the 1950s and early ’60s who engineered the factory C and D-Types plus other cars for private teams the factory supported including Cunningham, Lister and Ecurie Belge.
They prepared the cars at the factory, then crewed them at Le Mans, Reims, Goodwood and other iconic races.
Their names include Ted Brookes, Joe Sutton, John Lea, Les Botterill and Frank Rainbow – all quiet and highly skilled men who knew their station in life, but were those hallowed few at Jaguar Cars who were allowed to wear Jaguar’s white overalls!
Now Richard Hassan and Terry Rainbow (son of Frank and also an ex-Jaguar man) are working us to tell the story of the unsung few we have seen in period images, but didn’t know. They are the ones who created Jaguar’s hallowed 1950s racing history on the ground.
A new all-electric premium chauffeur service called Havn has been launched in London with a fleet of all-electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUVs.
Each ride can be tailored to the preferences of the passenger with options such as playlist, temperature, and chauffeur interaction all customisable ahead of your journey via the iOS and Android app or an online booking portal.
All Havn drivers are carefully selected, full-time employees of the company who will undertake a rigorous training programme, arming them with the skills to deliver Havn’s customer-focused experience. This is reflected in the official app’s approval rating of 4.8/5, which to date has been downloaded over 5,500 times.
Havn offers customers, an all-electric and totally personalised type of urban transport with no compromise on comfort and style that is unique to London. The company has clocked up over 18,000 miles in trials since September 2019.
Havn is backed by InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital and mobility services arm, which is committed to investing in innovative new technologies for an autonomous, electrified, connected and shared mobility future. All this is helping to deliver Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision, a future underlined by zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.
Since the trial phase in September, the fleet of Jaguar I-PACEs has grown thanks to demand from individuals and customers of premium businesses and corporate travel. Luxury hotels in London using the service allow guests to request a vehicle from the concierge and be picked up at the door.
The push for businesses to search out more eco-friendly alternatives is reflected in a recent report* which found that 66 per cent of UK companies plan to improve internal environmental -related practices to make them more sustainable by 2021.
Joseph Seal-Driver, Managing Director of Havn, said: “The decision to use the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, the 2019 World Car of the Year, allows us to offer our customers a sustainable premium alternative – urban mobility with zero emissions.
“In just four months we have proved there is a significant appetite from customers who want sustainable transport without compromising on luxury, we’re seeing a fantastic response from businesses who want to improve their corporate travel.”