THE BIG SCARE …


The big moment George Mason didn’t want to have!

Glyn Jones mentioned that the XJ13 minder, and a passenger had a big, big fright in the car that day at Donington back in 1987. Well here is the proof.


Luckily I was photographing it at the time just as George was downshifting to turn left onto the Melbourne Loop.
According George, a senior Jaguar engineer and one of the party which rebuilt it in the early 1970s following Norman Dewis’ MIRA crash, the gearbox had not been touched when the car was finally running again, and the shift was very sloppy.


As he went for third gear, he said it went into first, so when he released the clutch the engine screamed way over the rev limit, and the rear wheels locked up.


This spin was the gobsmacking result!


The engine had been blown up at Silverstone in 1978 by a Jaguar employee who lost his mind, so the last possible quad cam prototype V12 XJ13 engine was cobbled together from parts and put into the car.
Nobody was allowed to drive it other than George then, so you can imagine the state he was in after he got the car back to the pits following the spin!

It is amazing what you see in the traffic sometime!


In 1989 he and his wife Celia came with the car to Adelaide for the Australian Grand Prix parades, and was genuinely road registered for the only time (‘XJ13’) along with F1 and other equally serious race cars driven through the daily Adelaide traffic grind!


It was also the first time the XJ13 left England.


The aim was to drive from the Grand Prix garages, up the winding steep Mt Barker Road to the famous Eagle On The Hill monument thirteen kilometres away – then return on the same route.

Back on the road again …


The South Australian Premier John Bannon was one of the XJ13’s passengers. It had to be driven into a public service station for more petrol, causing quite a stir. The D-Type is XKD526 and is currently on the market in England
Sadly, George has died since then, but the XJ13 is safe and sound.


It was a big few international Jaguar days in Adelaide!


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ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT DAY IN THE REALM OF IMPORTANT JAGUARS. A NEXT EDITION HIGHLIGHT.


Eleven years ago I sold a 1973 XJ-C V12 which I bought in 1984 with the intention of restoring – factory converted LHD 3. It is unique because it was painted in Champagne Pink, and had gold trimming in various parts of the engine bay and the interior.


In the meanwhile I also found the 1969 handbuilt prototype Series 1 XJ-C and had it shipped to my home in Brisbane.

Debuted to the world at London in 1973. It was handbuilt and remains Jaguar’s only two door Coupe model.


It was the car which got all the attention, was restored and first seen in public in mid-1996.


I had researched chassis #3 (named around the factory as the Pink Panther) heavily though, and learned all of its life first hand from those who lived with it when it was owned and used by Jaguar Cars post the 1973 London, Paris and Frankfurt Motor Shows.


It’s history is fascinating, and will be explained fully in edition #209.


I sold the car to serious enthusiast Tery Hurst who lives remotely, and has too many projects on the go at the same time. It is okay though, he agrees with that!

Pink again (NOT Heather) and complete. It is an historic stunner and it’s history will be fully explained.


Now he has almost completed a stunning and totally faithful restoration using all of the original parts he could including much of the trim.


He has also built a fabulous replica of the 1977 Broadspeed XJ-C racers from a shell he purchased years ago. What he has achieved with it too is staggeringly good.

Built from a shell, Tery has completed a superb Broadspeed racing replica – which stands beside the Pink Panther.


The pink car (which was repainted black when I bought it) is almost finished, and the Broadspeed IS finished.


With XJ-Cs finally being correctly appreciated, I am excited to present this special feature in the coming magazine and delve into those important prototype cars.


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A FIRST IN OUR NEXT EDITION


Meet the oldest possible XJ-S in the world (right). XJ27/1 was built in 1972 before the XJ-S name was even thought of.


It is the car in which Mark Trenoweth was award by Jaguar Cars, it’s Jaguar International Driver of the Year, and the car which gained FIA homologation for the XJ-S in 1979. Without that there would have been no TWR racing XJ-Ss.


It’s builder, John McCormack, also fitted the first 6.0 Jaguar V12 engine ever made! Mark has it, and is rebuilding the powerplant to refit into his original XJ-S racer. That favourite car is his next restoration project – that is underway.


Also – this is the first time the two McCormack designed XJ-Ss have been photographed together for a feature, according to Mark who phoned today!


On the right is Mark’s second 6.0 litre V12 XJ-S, also built by McCormack (three times Australian Gold Star champion and raced in the US) but created for Mark this time.


Mac was the lead driver for the legendary Elfin cars, and it’s chief engineer too!


Mark said it is a much better and faster car, and its restoration is a work of art thanks to Mark’s dragster-devotee engineer Scott Bettes.


Mark is a massive admirer of John McCormack, and spent years tracking down the pieces of his Valiant Charger GT racer, including its Repco Brabham F1 engine, and restored it too!!!


It’s a story for the ages and a highlight of Jaguar Magazine #209.


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THE FULL STORY ON THE XF’S STARRING ROLE IN THE NEWEST BOND MOVIE ‘NO TIME TO DIE’


Filming on the set of NO TIME TO DIE an EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios film Credit: Jasin Boland © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The Jaguar XF will demonstrate its exceptional performance and exhilarating driving dynamics in a thrilling chase sequence in the new James Bond film No Time To Die.

Filmed in Matera, Southern Italy, two XF saloons weave through the narrow, twisting city streets, driving across piazzas and down cobbled steps in pursuit of James Bond.


Both XFs feature Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, which delivered incredible levels of traction on the low-grip surfaces as No Time To Die’s henchmen demonstrate that no street is too small and no corner too tight. The saloon’s lightweight aluminium-intensive architecture and advanced suspension design enable exceptional handling and agility together outstanding ride, comfort and refinement.

Filming on the set of NO TIME TO DIE an EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios film Credit: Jasin Boland © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


Chris Corbould, No Time To Die’s special effects and action vehicle supervisor, said: “The Jaguar XF was an exciting choice for this high-intensity car sequence. We always look to push the boundaries to extreme limits in our stunts, and this extends to the capabilities of the vehicles too. There is no compromise with this particular scene. There were only inches to spare in the narrow alleyways and no margin for error, the XF shows its performance and driving dynamics.”


Anna Gallagher, Jaguar Brand Director, said: “The Jaguar XF is a car designed to tackle any journey with an unrivalled balance of luxury, comfort and refinement.

Filming on the set of NO TIME TO DIE an EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios film Credit: Jasin Boland © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


“Whether it’s a high-speed pursuit through twisting streets and piazzas of Southern Italy, where the car filmed it’s No Time To Die chase sequences, or the bustling streets of London – the XF really is a car for every occasion.”


No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for the fifth and final time as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.


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A SPECIAL DAY FOR OUR NEXT EDITION

Road Test Editor Tristan Hughes and I had a very special time today in preparation for a major feature in our coming edition (#209).

We went to see XJ-S GT owner and racer Mark Trenoweth and his son Scott, Mark being the 1985 factory Jaguar International Driver of the Year.

He built a second more advanced version of his original – and which he has restored to the highest standard.

His original car (the white one) has the body of XJ27 prototype #1 – built in 1972. XJ27 #2 is in Melbourne owned by Dean How and is very original.

Both cars will be star features in #209, so here are some sneak pics.

There is MUCH more to tell which is hugely historically significant, so DO NOT miss #209 when all will be revealed.

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