Yes, I knew it was a fabulous restoration, but when the car was driven into the sun (on the Sunshine Coast!) for the first time in over 50 years – we were all stunned.

It was driven out there by the legendary Kevin Bartlett (his career includes the Indy 500 – and today was his 81st birthday – happy birthday KB) who was a key member of the project. The works-built Mk1 Jaguar which started Australia’s passion for Touring cars was already brought out onto the bitumen by Chris Bowden, son of David, and former Moffatt engineer Peter Lisle completed the group, along with David Bowden, of course.

I am not going to tell the story of the day or the Hodgson racing Jaguars here, it is all in the magazine – but we were all stunned when we saw it outdoors.

DO NOT miss this edition – it pure joy, Jaguar history and filled with emotion.

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The big photoshoot, including cover, happens in the morning.

Can you believe this car raced only in 1960 and has basically been missing since – but was owned privately by enthusiasts all the time.

It was a shell-only for 50 years, and tomorrow runs on the road for the first time since completion of what is an astounding restoration – using 90% of the parts used on the car in 1960.

We are hoping the mighty Kevin Bartlett will be behind the wheel too.

Hodgson’s Mk2 leads the work-built Mk1 of ‘Pete’ Geoghegan at the super tight Catalina Park track in 1961.

The car has never had a bumped, and has been driven for a mere 7000 miles from new …

I am very excited about this one!

It finished third in the 1961 Australian Touring Car Championship held at Lowood in Queensland, when it was driven by its very colourful owner, Ron Hodgson.

The story has been written and is intriguing.

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JLR continues to make news for all the wrong reasons over its successful suing of a Swedish couple who built a replica C-Type, and others it went after unsuccessfully on behalf of Land Rover.

This time a major article in the Sunday Times newspaper over its actions has garnered the full support of well known author, publisher and owner of the XK and E-Type Clubs, Philip Porter.

It also quotes Michael Quinn, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons’ grandson who was a signifiant Jaguar dealer in London – until JLR withdrew his licence to sell their cars!!! He was also the supplier to the Royal family of Jaguars and Daimlers, and the business had at least two Royal Warrants of Authority which had to be withdrawn too.

Philip is one of the world’s leading supporters of all things Jaguar, and owns a number of very historic cars including the earliest E-Type Coupe.

With this post is a copy of the Sunday Times feature from May 16, – and a photograph of Jaguar Classic’s own replica D-Type and D-Type, not built by it, and which are used for their own commercial purposes.

Considering the fact there are businesses in Coventry, and all over the world building replica Jaguars, as well as enthusiasts in their own garages, plus an estimated 500 plus examples of C-Type replicas alone in existence – it is difficult to begin to understand why JLR is pursing this course and so vigorously.

It is making not just disappointed devotees in a very big way, but enemies and owners who publicly state they refuse to buy new Jaguars and Land Rovers in the future.Does

JLR not understand or care about the priceless and undying support it has always had from owners and enthusiasts in times of crisis – because for multiple reasons of its own making – it is back head-first into another very serious crisis?

Come on Jaguar Land Rover, what in the hell are you doing to what you call your revered ‘brands’ – and which I prefer to call marques. That’s because Jaguars (and Land Rovers) and not dish washers, refrigerators or irons – ie,. ‘products’ – to all of its passionate followers and you NEED them RIGHT NOW.

It’s time for some humble pie from JLR and for it to back off immediately from this nonsense.

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We don’t want to seem smug, but we have been say for a long time electric cars, including the racers, NEED to make noise to raise the appeal and emotion associated with the thrill of driving.

At least the choice of noise would be nice.

Well, BMW is the first manufacturer to realise that and do something about it – thank goodness!!!!

While the hush of electric driving offers an unprecedented level of comfort, the driving experience loses a degree of emotionality. This is where BMW IconicSounds Electric steps in to put smiles on the faces of customers keen to experience Sheer Driving Pleasure with all the senses. In the future, electric driving pleasure will be enhanced by acoustic feedback to every movement of the accelerator.

Like the on-board driving modes selectable at the touch of a button, the driving sound also takes its cues from the driving situation at hand and the driver’s personal preferences. In the basic setting, BMW IconicSounds Electric employs a strikingly transparent timbre with spherical components to convey the basic character of an electrically driven BMW brand model.

An immersive and pleasant atmosphere is created initially in the BMW i4 in COMFORT mode. But when the driver steps on the accelerator, the direct relationship between how the car is being driven and the sounds it makes is immediately revealed: the sound experience deepens as load and speed increase. In SPORT mode, in particular, the car’s aural spectrum is more dominant and powerful, the sound providing a constant commentary on the driving situation. Drive system processes are registered within milliseconds and acceleration, load changes or recuperation given a suitable acoustic accompaniment.

Only when the vehicle is travelling in ECO PRO mode is the acoustic feedback reduced to nothing. Here, the silence of the drive system underscores the driver’s decision to adopt an ultra-efficient driving style.In the version developed specifically for electrified BMW M models, the drive sound of the BMW i4 is charged with extra energy. A

dded to which, the differentiation between COMFORT and SPORT mode is especially strong. Overall, the drive system note displays a less harmonious but engagingly rousing and technical sonic profile. Acceleration sparks a rich intensification of the soundtrack’s development, authentically reflecting the car’s performance character.

“When you press the pedal of an M car, you suddenly get goosebumps all over your body,” says sound designer Renzo Vitale. “We translated this feeling into a drive sound that expresses a fusion of superior power and flowing energy.”It needs to be said – congratulations to BMW. The rest will follow …


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