There has been a lot of interest in the original XJ-S of late, and through John Bleasdale’s XJ-SC Facebook page, also the delectable Cabriolet.

We have discussed the earliest XJ-Ss, the first two RHD examples surviving in Australia – one original and two being turned into a very famous and significant GT racer.

Well the chances are you haven’t seen this shot of chassis #2!

The place is Bob Jane’s Adelaide International Raceway, and the time is about 1983.

Mark Trenoweth had recently bought the car from builder/racer John McCormack, when this huge pile-up occurred with Mark driving.

The XJ-S is obvious but the car in the air belongs to the brilliant Jim Richards, while the Porsche facing backwards is driven by Australian F1 World Champion Alan Jones.  The racer on the outside at the front closest to the fence is a Chev Monza driven by the legendary Peter Brock.

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And also for John Bleasdale – I don’t know if he has this car logged, but it was seen in Jaguar Magazine when new and I believe was loaned by Melbourne Jaguar dealer Kellow Falkiner – but was a Jaguar Rover Australia Press Car.

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