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KIWI SIMON EVANS WINS THE I-PACE SERIES

August 14, 2020
Simon Evans (NZL), Team Asia New Zealand

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series concluded today in Berlin with Simon Evans being crowned the season two champion. Team Asia New Zealand driver, Evans, kept a cool head to finish P2 ahead of his title rival Sérgio Jimenez who was leading the series until the last race. ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil driver Cacá Bueno won the final round of the ten-race all-electric series with a lights-to-flag victory. He is the brother of Panasonic Jaguar driver Mitch Evans.

Kiwi driver, Evans, has won four races this season and continuous visits to the podium put him one step ahead of his Brazilian rivals. He only had to finish ahead of Sérgio to take the title and he drove his Jaguar I-PACE faultlessly throughout the seven Berlin races at the Tempelhof airfield.

Simon Evans (NZL), Team Asia New Zealand 1st position Mitch Evans (NZL)

First lap dramas saw Jaguar China Racing driver, Nick Foster, try to overtake Jimenez into turn one but the Brazilian closed the door which put the Australian down the order. Alice Powell, in her Jaguar ran racing Team Germany I-PACE, finished just off the podium in P4 to secure fourth in the series. Gregory Segers, the French teenager, finished just behind his team-mate Foster and ahead of Team Yokohama Challenge racer, Takuma Aoki.

PRO-AM challenger, Paul Spooner’s, race was cut short after a coming together with VIP driver Sven Förster which lead to his retirement with a puncture. Adalberto Baptista secured the runners-up spot with a spirited win – the Brazilian’s first of the season.

The world’s first all-electric touring car series bows out after seven electrifying ‘Lockdown Showdown’ races in Berlin. The series has showcased the award-winning Jaguar I-PACE in some of the world’s greatest cities – New York, Monaco, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome and Berlin. It has supported a diverse grid of men and women from all around the world and made history along the way. Jaguar Racing’s journey continues in ABB FIA Formula E as the series receives FIA World Championship status from next season which starts on 16 January 2021 in Santiago, Chile.

“Unreal experience – I’m incredibly proud to be the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY season two champion! The I-PACE came through for me again and it was like a rocket! It’s been a tough nine days, with seven races but it’s been epic at the same time. Thanks to the Giltrap family and Group, Access Group and Wearnes Group, we did it. We rolled with the same set-up, with what we know and it worked, I’m so happy for Team Asia New Zealand. Big thanks to Robin Colgan and the guys in the Asia Pacific office and for putting me in the seat – Giltrap Group, Access Group and Wearnes Group and the opportunity to do this. I’m over the moon!”

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JAGUAR TO CELEBRATE 60 E-TYPE YEARS WITH SIX NEW MATCHED PAIRS

August 12, 2020

Jaguar Classic will create six matched pairs of E-types to celebrate the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021: the E-type 60 Collection.

Each pair of E-type 60 Edition cars pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’, which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.

An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with minutes to spare for demonstration drives.

With an outstanding reaction to the E-type resulting in overwhelming demand for drives with Berry, legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to ‘drop everything’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ‘77 RW’ overnight from Coventry to Geneva.

Both cars were also used for media road tests, which proved the car’s sensational performance – including its 150mph top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.

Every E-type 60 Edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.

Each E-type 60 Collection pair will include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars. Each E-type 60 Edition will feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.

Synonymous with the revolutionary zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties, E-types were owned by celebrities including Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Tony Curtis and Britt Ekland. And, thanks to the beauty of its sculptural forms, its functionality and its impact on design, an E-type became only the third car to join The Museum of Modern Art’s design collection in 1996.

Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said: “The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on. 

“The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”

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RON FLOCKHART BY HIS BEST MATE, HUGH

August 3, 2020
Ron Flockhart and his co-driver Ivor Bueb relishing their 1957 Jaguar victory at Le Mans.

When we founded this magazine in November 1984 I thought it had a life of perhaps 20 editions before we started to run out of good features.

Thankfully, I was very wrong. The one we are working on now is edition #204 and I am compiling what is one of the most significant and fascinating stories we have ever published.

Thanks to Clive Beecham in London, and owner of the ex-factory and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type XKD603, we have been introduced to 98 year old Hugh Langrishe.

Hugh working at Le Mans in 1957

Hugh was Ron Flockhart’s best friend and business partner, and retains a treasure trove of memories and images of his Scottish mate. He was timekeeper for Ecurie Ecosse when it won Le Mans in 1957 and took first and second places

He is sharing those for the first time with us, and both Ron and Hugh had ties to Australia too. Of course, Ron was killed there unfortunately, but Hugh was posted to Australia in 1944 for 12 months as part of his role with the Royal Navy in WW2.

D-Type XKD603 owner Clive Beecham reunited Hugh Langrishe with the car he recorded in 1957.

I am very excited, and can’t wait to put it all down for our readers and also posterity in Jaguar Magazine #204.

After all these years we are still finding new Jaguar history to record and enjoy – and it is truly significant international history in both motor racing terms and aviation.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER NAMES NEW CEO

July 29, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover named former Renault SA head Thierry Bollore its next chief executive officer to help steer the U.K. carmaker out of a prolonged sales slump that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bollore, 57, will take charge of the manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs when Ralf Speth steps down as CEO in September, JLR said in a statement Tuesday.

The Frenchman is taking the helm as auto demand remains under pressure after the initial easing of Covid-19 related shutdown measures weighed on economies around the world early this year. Unprofitable JLR was already grappling with a sales downturn, uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union, stricter emissions rules impacting its sport utility vehicles, and a dip in exports to China — one of its biggest markets — before the health crisis hit.

A former No. 2 at Renault, Bollore rose to the top job after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn in 2018. He was ousted when tensions with partner Nissan Motor Co. came to a head last October. Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said then that Bollore had to go to revive the relationship with its Japanese peer.

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NEW EDITION #203 IS UPLOADED IN DIGITAL AND AT THE PRINTER

July 27, 2020
XKC037 – Ex-works, John Manussis, Dr Boorman and Frank Gardner.


Like most of us, we hate COVID-19 which has delayed us on this edition too – but it is complete now.

We have uploaded it to Magzter for digital publishing, and it is at our printer now too.

We are happy with it.

Highlights include revealing the true fate of XK120 #1 for the first time ever, Phil Hill finding the grave of an old Jaguar mate in Reims, the amazing restoration of the genuine Ron Hodgson Mk2 racer which was third in two Australian Touring Car Championships and we tell about the XJ13’s visit to Adelaide in 1987 – from it’s Minder.

We road test the E-Pace Checkered Flag limited edition, and dig deep into the full life of ex-works C-Type XKC037 – the car which put Frank Gardner on the road to international fame.

There is much much more too!
It is on Magzter right now.

Enjoy – we all need some good news and light entertainment right now!

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PREPARE FOR A JAGUAR HISTORICAL BOMBSHELL IN EDITION #204

July 21, 2020
XK120 RHD #1 and LHD #1 and #2 on the grid at Silverstone for their first race at Silverstone in 1949. Pic Richard Hassan.

We enlisted the sage advice of friend Richard Hassan for the next edition of Jaguar Magazine. Richard’s father Walter was the main engineer in the creation and development of the XK Jaguar engine, and Richard did many things with his father as a child.

As a result of our time working with Richard he told us something absolutely mind-blowing when it comes to Jaguar’s accepted history and which flies in the face of all perceived acknowledge facts.

There is no doubt about his knowledge, and when we publish this story it will create a bombshell amongst all motoring historians.

It starts in #203, and is totally announced in #204.

It is a sensation.

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EDITION #203 READY TO PRINT AND PUT UP ON-LINE

July 21, 2020

One way or another we are all feeling the pinch of Covid-19, and in our case it has been delays with advertising particularly which has slowed us.

However, we also have some totally unique and very historical stories in this one involving the stillborn four cylinder XK Jaguar engine – and XK120 number one – the 1948 London Show car which went on to have a very active life.

So please bear with us, it is just days away.

Stay safe

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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FIRST XK120’S FATE – AND FOUR CYLINDER XK ENGINES – NEW EDITION

July 18, 2020

IT’S OUR NEW EDITION #203 …

Covid is still giving us problems still because we have had to find a new printer outside of Victoria which is in lockdown again. However, we are up and away now.

Highlights of the next edition are many and very significant.

THE GENUINE HODGSON RACING MK2 IS BACK AFTER 55 YEARS

Sydney car dealer Ron Hodgson was a colourful character, who in 1960 bought a brand new Mk2 in Sydney and turned it into his next Jaguar racer.
He finished third in two Australian Touring Car Championships, but the car disappeared from sight 55 years ago.

Now it has been fantastically restored with original trim by the late Paul Cotter and the Bowden team on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The legendary ‘KB’ Kevin Bartlett worked on it when it was new, and has been part of the team which put it back together.

THE FIRST XK120 EVER – WHAT HAPPENED TO IT REALLY?

Many people have had different theories about the fate of the 1948 London Motor Show XK120 – chassis #1.  
We tell its true life story, and the fact that it existed for many more years than anyone thought.

THE STILL-BORN XK FOUR CYLINDER ENGINE – A STORY NEVER TOLD

Richard Hassan’s father Walter co-designed and developed the XK Jaguar engine – both six and four cylinder versions. He tells the true complex story and tells us more than has been known before.

E-PACE ROAD TESTED

SUVs are the way the world had gone when it comes to buying new cars. We put the smallest Jaguar SUV to the test and live with it in our everyday life

PHIL HILL FINDS AN OLD MATE AT REIMS

The great US racer was photographed with his wife Alma in a French cemetery. We wondered where it was and why they were there. After a lot investigation when even Bobby Rahal got involved, we know the answer.
There is a deep Jaguar connection.

CLARK GABLE’S SECOND XK120 AND ITS SIGNIFICANT HARD TOP

Clark Gable loved his XK120s, but his third one had a removable hardtop. We found the car, and the story of its 1952 roof brings in the Munsters, Knight Rider and Batmobile!

XJ13 COMES TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE GRAND PRIX

The first time XJ13 ever left England was when it was flown to Australia in 1987 to partake in the Australian Grand Prix festivities. George Mason was its minder, but local Steve Weeks had the job of maintaining and even repairing the car. He gave it new door handles, and his full story is fascinating.

XKC037 C-TYPE – EX-WORKS WITH THE FULL STORY TOLD FOR THE FIRST TIME

This C-Type put Frank Gardner on the road to international success, and Ian Cummins performed his first major restoration on this car which he bought in 1969.
But before that it was a 1953 works reserve car for Le Mans, had been rolled by Stirling Moss at Silverstone, owned by the Kenyan Coca Cola Bottler, raced at Dundrod and Reims before coming to Australia though Peter Whitehead.

Its story is amazing.

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HAVE YOU HAD PROBLEMS COMMUNICATING WITH US?

June 15, 2020

The internet is so good, but it can be a problem too!

Since we changed providers some time ago we have had a number of subscribers telling us they have had problems getting though to us with renewals or new subscription orders.

If you are one of those can you please tell me here or by emailing me at les@jaguarmagazine.com

That way we can address the problems with the provider.

If you are an overseas subscriber and haven’t seen edition 202 yet – please don’t worry. Because of Covid-19 there is no airmail for anything but letters.

Yes, we have gone back to good old ships and the slow haul – but things will get better!

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HISTORY – AND A MYSTERY TOO

June 9, 2020
This photograph is from David Kelsey’s Gnoo Blas Racing Photograph collection in the Kelsey Family Collection. Our thanks to Mr Joel Kelsey for allowing us to scan and upload this photograph.

This historic scene was found in our image archive and shows the first Australian Touring Car Championship being contested in 1960 at the Gnoo Blas road track in Orange, west of Sydney.

It is no ordinary ‘Mk1’ either. It’s the second such Jaguar raced by David McKay who started the dominance of Touring cars in Australia with his first works prepared ‘Mk1’ in late 1958.

This is one very special machine and one of the last four works-built 3.4s built purely for competition.

It went on to win this race, with Bill Pitt’s identical car second. Bill’s 3.4 would win next year.

However, the other intriguing Jaguar here is the XK150 FHC parked beside the timing area. It appears like it might have an ‘S’ badge on the door, and while the registration plate can be seen on other images, it is too out of focus to read.

Would anyone know who might have owned it? They must have been a key person involved with that meeting. Perhaps it belonged to the Clerk of Course?

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