ONE OF THOSE MERE SEVEN WORKS-BUILT MK1 RACERS – EIGHT PAGES

Perhaps the major feature in our coming edition is the previously untold story of the mere seven true works-built Mk1 racers.

We will explain why the pre-1959 Mk1 cars raced by Mike Hawthorn, Tommy Sopwith, Peter Whitehead and others were not full works cars.

We also trace the history of each of those seven very special machines, identify them and tell the story of their fates.  Which one is this sad machine you may wonder?

It is an intriguing historic eight page feature compiled with the assistance of those in the know including Richard Hassan and Penney Woodley.

The Mk1 continues comes back into its true place in Jaguar lore and we are pleased to add to it.

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SPA AND BATHURST WINNING TWR XJ-S IS RACING AT SANDOWN

The most historic and original of all seven TWR XJ-Ss, the car which took line honours at the 1984 Spa 24 Hour and 1985 endure classics, has been owned by Mike Roddy in Melbourne for many years.  It has never been damaged since it finished its last race in New Zealand in 1987 and was taken back to TWR HQ in Kidlington.

It was sold to a collector in Scotland, from whom Mike acquired it – which knowing anything about its racing history.

He and son Jordan dote on the car, respect it enormously – and  bring it out on the track occasionally.

This weekend is one of those rare occasions, as it fronts at the huge historic meeting held at Sandown Park to the east of the Melbourne city.

If you can get there to see and hear it, do.  Otherwise it will be featuring, and the meeting, in our coming edition.

Go well Mike, and be careful!

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YOUR BIG CHANCE TO BUY LE MANS ‘MODERN D-TYPES’

Two historic Jaguar endurance racing cars—the XJR-6 and XJ220-C—will be sold at auction in London on Dec. 1.

Auction consignor Bonhams will sell the two vehicles at its “The Bond Street Sale” event alongside a series of other vehicles, some of which are also former racing cars.

Senior of the two is the 1985 XJR-6, whose lineage can be traced forward to the XJR-12, which locked down a one-two finish at the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans. The XJR-6’s carbon fibre monocoque and colossal venturi tunnels (which generated ground effect downforce) influenced the designs of the Group C prototypes which would follow. Despite the use of the composite material that now underpins most exotic sports cars, the XJR-6 was heavy, meaning its fuel-injected 6.2-litre V-12 couldn’t be run at its full 650 horsepower in races, lest it use too much fuel.

Though the XJR-6 managed a win at a 1,000-kilometre Silverstone race, it never triumphed at Le Mans, all three of its 1986 entries retiring mid-race. Nevertheless, the XJR-6 was a learning experience for Jaguar, which eventually churned out winning cars.

Another of Jaguar’s endurance race cars that history never quite acknowledged was the XJ220-C, derived from Jaguar’s XJ220 halo car. It won the IMSA GT class at the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans but was disqualified for not running catalytic converters, despite being approved in tech inspection. Jaguar won its appeal against the ruling, but due to a technicality, the XJ220-C remained disqualified, its crown stolen.

The XJ220-Cs returned in 1995, but with the debut of the world-beating McLaren F1, they stood no chance of winning outright, even had they finished—both cars retired.

BONHAMS

Jaguar also manufactured a set of road-legal XJ220-Cs called the XJ220-S, but this being a “-C” model means it’ll be confined to racetracks. Given that’s where the XJ220-C is in its element, that’s no disappointment.

Both cars are predicted by Bonhams to see a hammer price between $2.9 and $3.7 million individually. If you’re a multimillionaire with a penchant for classic Jags, get that plane ticket to London ready by Dec. 1 when these roll across the auction block.

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F-TYPE SVR ‘POPPY’ WINS BEST SIGNS AWARD

Winning top honours at the British Signs Awards as Vehicle Graphics 2018 Special Achievement Award, this year marks a poignant partnership for Jaguar and Mission Motorsport’s Jaguar F-Type SVR Poppy Car as we approach the centenary of the Armistice this weekend. Following its Vehicle Graphics 2018 Special Achievement Award win, the Mission Motorsport-liveried Jaguar F-Type SVR will go on to the Forces’ Motorsport Charity’s annual Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit this weekend (9-11 November) to lead the packed grid of 50 racing cars as the official Safety Car.

A year since the Poppy Car was unveiled in November 2017, and 100 years since the end of WW1, the poppy-themed Jaguar F-Type SVR has been a focal point for the recovery of wounded, injured and sick-servicemen. A collaboration between Jaguar and the Forces’ Motorsport Charity, Mission Motorsport, the Poppy Car is just one project by Mission Motorsport, a charity that has helped give jobs to 1,500 ex-service men and women in the automotive industry – 954 in Jaguar Land Rover alone since the first Invictus Games in 2014.

The Poppy Car was designed and wrapped by ex-servicemen Lance Corporal Chris Read, Guardsman Chris Walker, Private Dan Elliott Lance Corporal Francis Stokes and Sergeant Major David Turnbull, all of whom are beneficiaries of Mission Motorsport and were medically discharged from service. The core team of Read, Walker and Elliott prototyped, designed, reprinted and went back to the drawing board countless times, but they succeeded, emphatically, at creating something uniquely poignant. No two views of the Jaguar F-Type SVR are the same. The Poppy Car changes with the light, with perspective, and with the words of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ running through the design the car represents more than an art installation – it is something that has resonance, depth, and meaning.

Since the Jaguar F-Type SVR was wrapped, three of the ex-servicemen have moved into fulltime employment, Lance Corporal Francis Stokes now works for Williams F1. Private Dan Elliot secured employment within Jaguar Land Rover working in their Research department and Sergeant Major David Turnbull is currently running the Livery department at Mission Motorsport.

Speaking on behalf of the charity about winning this important award, CEO James Cameron said, “The Poppy Car is a collaboration and project that has brought so much joy to everyone that has worked on and been close to it. The team were entirely responsible for the creative and practical delivery of the project from first principles, and the finished car has become emblematic of the wider cause, particularly poignant as we approach Remembrance weekend.

“At Mission Motorsport, our aim is to provide a stepping stone for our ex-service men and women to get back into day-to-day life away from the battlefield. Race, retrain and ‘re-cover’, our livery department is ecstatic that despite fantastic competition the Poppy Car won the Vehicle Wrap of the Year. An amazing achievement for those involved and reflects the emotion, hard work and dedication that went into making such a remarkable car.”

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JAGUAR GOES BACK TO ITS MOTORCYCLE ROOTS – BUT ELECTRIC

Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons started his business in Blackpool in 1922 because he was a motorcycle devotee – as was his neighbour and business partner.  Roll ahead 96 years and Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, today announces its investment in Arc, which today unveils ‘Vector’ – the world’s first fully-electric motorcycle with Human Machine Interface (HMI).

Arc Vector is the most advanced electric motorcycle ever brought to market, using exotic materials, thoroughbred componentry and cutting-edge architecture, wrapped in a futuristic body.

The investment from InMotion Ventures, along with Mercia Fund Managers, the Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund which is part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, and a number of industry specialist angels, will support Arc with its global ambition for Vector to be the cleanest, safest, and most fulfilling motorcycle on the road.

The brand new bike, will be revealed at the Milan Motorcycle Show today.

The Arc show stand will showcase the brand, along with the bike itself and its ground breaking intelligent haptic ride-wear and connected Heads-Up Display helmet.

A virtual reality ride experience will also be available for attendees.

The Arc team consists of industry-leading professionals, coming together to develop and build an all-new experience on two wheels.

Mark Truman, Founder & CEO, Arc, said: “Our aim has always been to bring technology, performance and safety together to create an entirely new two-wheeled experience.

“Vector isn’t just a motorbike; it’s the world’s first fully-electric café racer, it’s an innovative heads-up display helmet and it’s a sensory riding suit – all working in unison to create an experience package like no other.

“We’re delighted to get the support of InMotion for this exciting launch phase.

“The team shares our vision and we’re looking forward to working together and creating more ground breaking products.”

Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures, said: “Electric vehicles are pivotal for the future of urban mobility, helping people travel through cities quickly and cleanly as possible.

“We want to make sure that we’re not only changing the way people move but delivering unparalleled outdoor experiences while doing so.

“With Arc’s technology and vision, the Vector is an incredible development in the next generation of motorcycle travel.”

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