CARS WE HAVE KNOWN – LE MANS 1988

Beautiful, creating history and sounding amazing with that V12 engine.

I could never have dreamed I would be at Le Mans in 1988 when Jaguar won there again for the first time as a factory entry since 1955 (56 and 57 were Ecurie Ecosse).

Sadly, Andrew Whyte, who was to be with us, died unexpectedly just weeks before, but I still went with Roger and Penny Woodley, plus Richard and Carol Hassan.

There were five Silk Cut Jaguars – this would be the winner of the race!

I also had a full press and photographer’s pass – so could get almost anywhere, see what I wanted, and get inside images including these here.

I stayed there for the entire 24 Hours of the race, and when it was over I felt almost as tired as the drivers and crew. But what a thing it was when Silk Cut Jaguar #2 crossed the line and won the only race in its short career.

Larry Perkins in car #22.

Silk Cut Jaguar #22 with Larry Perkins, Danny Sullivan and Kevin Cogan was a fabulous 4th and crossed the line with the winning V12 engined car.

The winning crew showing their tiredness being driven to press interviews.

I have never experienced such joy and passion for a race victory, and won’t again. ‘God Save The Queen’ played up and down jammed pit straight for 20 minutes non-stop, girls got their tops off and climbed onto the Nissan pit roof (next to Jaguar) and the winning car was surrounded by a true sea of celebrating Jaguar fans with Jan Lammers escaping to the roof.

Jan Lammers on the roof with fans going crazy for joy.

Driving back to our accommodation in Richard’s Series 3 XJ12, locals flanked the roads for kilometres and cheered and waved at the Jaguar.

Entirely spontaneous – the boys loved it, of course!

The win truly put Jaguar back on the road to success, and to have been there, and up close, for an historic win like this was something never to forget.

While everyone parties …

I do hope Jaguar returns to Le Mans and in the next few years. That is where it wears its competition heart.

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CARS WHICH HAVE HAD AN IMPACT ON US

A very special D-Type.

D-Type XKD520 is a very important car and has followed me around the globe unintentionally!

Sold new to Bib Stillwell in Melbourne, then radio superstar Jack Davey, Frank Gardner then former Jaguar Apprentice and Le Mans winner Richard Attwood amongst many, it also lived on Jersey for many years.

It returned to Australia (specifically Brisbane) in 2013 where we inspected and photographed it thanks to its owner – who was forced to send it back to Europe because of excessive Customs Duty!

The car was crashed during Davey’s ownership, and today it is still shows those heavy scars with great character.

Remarkably, every panel except for the bonnet is original! The Frank Gardner Long Nose version built by Alan Standfield in Sydney in 1957 remains with the car though.

It is a REAL D-Type with personality!

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EDITION #202 IS OUT NOW AND IN OUR HANDS

If you are looking for the newest edition, it has been delayed by the virus and all of its flow-ons, but now we have hardcopies in our hands and in the mail too.

I am very pleased with it, and am making up for lost time with #203.

Our exclusive stories include:

The Shorter family in Auckland – now the world’s oldest dealer. We tell their story from before they were appointed S.S. dealers in the mid-1930s.

Restore or not restore? All the advice to you need to make up your mind about buying a finished classic Jaguar – or do you restore your own?

Team Shep at Bathurst. The fastest E-Type in the world, which has won a six hour race, raced from Panama to Alaska and is now the fastest E-Type in the world (officially) has now raced at Bathurst!

Jaguar’s 1950s unknown racing crew in the background. Yes we know the drivers, and we also know the key personnel, but what about the hardworking and talented engineers who built, prepared and crewed the Le Mans winning Jaguars and at other events? You will meet them now and know them by name.

Driving the latest 2020 XE – our favourite Jaguar saloon.

Tribute to Sir Stirling Moss. He got his first contract with Jaguar and was steered by Lofty England before he jumped ship to Mercedes-Benz. We pay our respects to the legend.

Peter Lehrke goes back to Sweden to drive the newest Jaguars on iced-over lakes for the third time.

… and loads and loads more.

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