JAGUAR LAND ROVER OPENS FIRST CLASSIC CENTRE IN AMERICA

Jaguar and Land Rover have made some veritable classics over the course of their long histories. To service them, the joint automaker has opened a couple of dedicated facilities. And now it’s set to open its first such site in North America.

Set to open next summer, the Jaguar Land Rover Classic center will be located in a new 75,000-square-foot complex in Savannah, Georgia. It’ll be the company’s first such facility on this side of the pond, following the opening of similar locations in the UK and Germany, set up to restore, refurbish, service, and even sell vintage Jags and Landies.

It will include a 42-bay workshop to support vehicles out of production for over a decade. It’ll also encompass a dedicated showroom where customers will be able to view and purchase older Jaguars and Land Rovers that have met the manufacturer’s Works Legends standard.

“The Savannah site is the perfect location for us,” said director Tim Hannig: “a charming setting combining a passionate community and excellent transport links that will make it easier for US clients to benefit from the authentic services and expertise Jaguar Land Rover Classic provides.” Construction of the new facility is set to begin already this fall.

The site was chosen for its proximity not only to the local airport, but to the Port of Savannah, which ranks as the largest container shipping terminal in North America. Kia remains the only automaker with a full assembly plant in Georgia, but Porsche, Mercedes, and PSA have all chosen nearby Atlanta to establish their US headquarters.

JLR’s other two classic centers opened in June 2017 at Jaguar’s historic home in Coventry, and this past May at Essen-Kettwig, near where the Techno Classica show takes place every year as Europe’s foremost classic-car show.

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YOU ASK IAN CALLUM A QUESTION … A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

Here is a unique opportunity we at Jaguar Magazine are offering you.

Early next month I have the privilege of sharing dinner with Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, and that includes a seperate one-on-one chat to discuss the I-Pace, electric Jaguars – or anything else.

As part of that I am happy take two or three of the best questions from any of our readers, put them to Ian, then publish his replies

The question you would like to ask is up to you, and can be as diverse as you like.  This will probably the only chance you ever have to put your burning thoughts to the legendary Jaguar design guru.

Think about it and send it to me.

Put up your question on our Facebook page, or e-mail me at les@jaguarmagazine.com

It might be you …

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GORGEOUS F-PACE 3.0 LITRE ROAD TEST CAR

It is the very top of the range and also the handsomest F-Pace we have seen.

3.0 litres from a petrol engine, AWD and a colour scheme which sets of the lines better than any other livery.

It is an F-Pace which we find more convincing than any other we have tried – the write-up will be fascinating.

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JAGUAR AND DUA LIPA TEAM UP

Jaguar and Dua Lipa, the global superstar singer-songwriter, have announced a music and technology partnership.

The British/Kosovan music artist will launch a ground-breaking collaboration with Jaguar at an exclusive gig in Amsterdam on September 3. The event kicks-off a series of Jaguar events across Europe, called The Pace: Season 1, which celebrates the brand’s popular SUV models, the E-PACE, F-PACE and I-PACE.

Dua Lipa, currently the most streamed female music artist in the world, will perform not with another artist but with the new Jaguar I-PACE – an electric performance SUV that has zero tailpipe emissions and can accelerate from       0-60mph in 4.5 seconds.

On the collaboration, Dua Lipa said: “I love to push boundaries with my music and my performances and this partnership is going to take things to an exciting new level. It’s a hi-tech project combining music and Jaguar technology, and I know my fans are going to love what we are creating together. All will be revealed on September 3 in Amsterdam.

“I’m so excited that my first car is going to be the I-PACE and to be trailblazing for the new electric generation.”

The ‘Dua Lipa x Jaguar’ collaboration launches on September 3 on Jaguar USA social channels and websites across Europe.

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–        Website: www.jointhepace.com

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–        Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaguar

–        Hashtags: #thepace #jaguar #jaguarelectrifies

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WORKS LISTER JAGUAR VPP9 – ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

Believe it or not, we have been working on establishing the life of the tragic and glorious works Lister Jaguar VPP9 for more decades than we care to think about.

VPP9 is the car the great Archie Scott Brown was driving when he was killed at Spa in the first half of 1958.

The registration reappeared a few months later, and again with a different body it was the co-team car at Le Mans in 1959.  Was it all the same chassis though?

It had a chequered life after that, and ended up in Sydney where it was converted to Corvette V8 power.  By now its previous history was lost – and even the VPP9 plate on the rear meant nothing to people then.

It remained in Australia until the mid-2000s, but its full life has remained a puzzle.

Thanks to Chris Haigh in Sydney, former owner of a works prepared racing Mk1, we have been able to access images of the car never seen before – when it was drag raced with the Corvette engine.

Historically the images are priceless, and you will read in the coming edition how they fill a massive hole in the mysterious car’s long life.

It was raced in Australia and Europe by Brisbane owner Don Thallon, and with major success (above).

There are more important facts to it than I have explained here though, and more shots.

Don’t miss this edition because this is of major international importance.  The Lister Jaguar VPP9 is back in the UK by the way.

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