They say that red cars go faster — and this bright red 1950 Jaguar roadster is expected to be snapped up quickly when it is auctioned on Sunday.

It features among one of the most substantial collections of cars to be auctioned in South Australia in more than two decades.

The vintage convertible Jaguar, valued at more than $100,000, is part of the collection of legendary SA motorsport identity Clem Smith (above), who died aged 90 in February.


Mr Smith’s family is auctioning the collection of more than 30 cars, which are expected to fetch more than $1 million.


As Mr Smith’s youngest son, Brenton Smith, 63, looked at the cars sitting in the large hangar at Mallala Motor Sport Park, where they have been maintained and housed for decades, he reflected on the end of an era.

“I’m not as sad as when my father died, but it’s the end of an era — this is our last connection,” he said.

Clem Smith dedicated his life to motor racing, cutting his teeth as a driver at Brompton’s Rowley Park Speedway before racing a Hudson Terraplane at Sellicks Beach in the early 1950s.

In 1977 Mr Smith bought the Mallala Race Circuit. After a lengthy court battle, he redeveloped it into the Mallala Motor Sport Park and opened it for car racing in 1982.

Brenton Smith said following his father’s death, the family had sold Mallala to the motorsport-loving Shahin family and didn’t have the capacity to store or maintain the much-loved car collection.

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Yes, I know we are Jaguar Magazine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire other special machines, especially when it comes from a marque which was once part of Jaguar’s family, and a famous coach building business Jaguar has been associated with over the years.

One of the most enduring creative partnerships in the automotive industry reached another milestone today. First with the global debut of the Vanquish Zagato Volante, followed by confirmation that not only will the Vanquish Zagato Speedster enter production, but it will be joined by a spectacular Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake – seen here.

This ‘family’ of four Vanquish Zagato models will yield a total of 325 cars. As the first member of the family, production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupes commenced in late 2016. Next to enter production was the Vanquish Zagato Volante. Once again strictly limited to 99 cars (all of which have been sold), production has commenced and deliveries will be completed through 2018.


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Our brand new edition of Jaguar Magazine is now out and in shops or available by subscription here.


Highlights in this big one include the exclusive untold story of Bob Jane’s forgotten first E-Type racer – a car which has been not just by-passed, but lost since the mid-1970s!


We live with HRH Prince Harry’s ultimate XJ – the king wheelbase Autobiography.


Then there is the MkV DHC in Crete which was sold new in Adelaide, is registered in the UK – but is really now Greek.

We also pay tribute to Norman Dewis’ ‘apprentice’ Richard Cresswell, the man who followed the legend as Jaguar’s Chief Road Test Engineer.


Ian Stewart raced for the Jaguar factory and was a foundation member of Ecurie Ecosse in his own C-Type. Now he is confused with that other Scottish racing Stewart family, so we sort out who this man really was.  You will be surprised


Then there is the new SVO XE Project 8, XK150 restoration, the unique SS120 being created in Oh,Adelaide, the all-new E-Pace, ‘Mk1’ Day, buyers guide to the X300 and X308 R models, GEAR racing with a replica D-Type and XK-SS, Tony Brown reports from Le Mans.  And not to forget the exciting newly revealed XF Sportbrake.

Of course, there is more, so get yours in shops or right here now.

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Fresh from its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) will introduce its latest high performance creation, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, to North American automotive enthusiasts during this year’s Monterey Car Week.

Following its first public showing just 6 weeks ago in the U.K., the weekend’s activities for Jaguar Land Rover kick off on Thursday with Project 8 making its dynamic debut during the welcome reception for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

”Project 8 is the most extreme performance Jaguar ever and the second Collector’s Edition vehicle from SVO,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “Our team of engineers and designers are excited to showcase this special vehicle to prospective clients and enthusiasts in North America, where we so many of our valued clients are based.”

“No more than 300 of these special performance cars will be produced for sale worldwide. What better way to debut Project 8 – our most track-focusedproduction car ever, than on America’s most iconic road course?”

Jaguar Land Rover SVO will bring two versions of the Project 8 to show in Monterey; a four-seat car finished in Velocity Blue representative of what U.S. enthusiasts will be able to buy and the other finished in Valencia Orange, featuring an optional two-seat Track Pack – available to customers outside the U.S. – which includes lightweight front carbon fiber racing seats with four-pointharnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seats.

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On Dull and Boring Day, Jaguar announced the launch of a new campaign for the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE to bring excitement to the two towns of Dull, Perthshire in Scotland and Boring in Oregon, U.S.

Jaguar selected two residents of Boring, and another pair from Dull, to inspire some excitement in each of the chosen towns. Each pair was given a new 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE R, the most dynamically capable and performance-oriented sports car in the Jaguar family line up, to add a little adventure and excitement to their lives by turning everyday journeys in Dull and Boring, including visits to local stores, coffee shops and gas stations, into a thrilling ride.

Dull, with a population of only 200 residents, sits nearly 75 miles north of Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow. Boring sits approximately 21 miles east of Portland, Ore., and is home to 8,000 residents. The two towns, united by unexciting names, formed an international alliance in 2012 to boost the profile of each town, and celebrate the annual public holiday – Dull and Boring Day – on August 9.

“The Jaguar F-TYPE is our performance sports car, so we wanted to demonstrate how the vehicle can excite the senses and enhance everyday driving experiences,” said Joe Torpey, Communications Manager, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Bringing the F-TYPE to the cities of Dull and Boring allowed us to have a bit of fun with the brand in a way that was relatable for Jaguar consumers in the United Kingdom and the United States.”

The 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE offers driver-focused technologies and a broader model range than its predecessors, now comprising of 24 derivatives that include an all-new turbocharged 296hp Ingenium four-cylinder entry model, a number of supercharged V6 options, and the 200mph all-wheel drive 575hp V8 powered F-TYPE SVR.

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