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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR WILLIAM

September 4, 2019

His legacy will live on forever in today’s and future Jaguar cars, and he achieved vast greatness in his lifetime.

September 4, 2019 is the anniversary in 1901 of Jaguar’s founder and head Sir William Lyons’ birth. He came into the world in Blackpool, the seaside holiday playground city he founded his business in.

So happy 118th birthday Sir William – wherever you are. I am sure you are pleased to see your marque continuing to thrive, and you would approve of its current ownership and growth because you never looked backwards.

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XK-SS – INSIDE STORY FROM 1960S OWNER

September 2, 2019

It is thrilling for us to get stories like the one we have just received from Laurie O’Neill, long time Sydney car collector and the man who bought XDK540 D-Type from whisky family heiress Betty Haig and brought it to Australia.

It is one of two D-Types converted to XK-SS by the factory post the fire which stopped any more examples of the supercar model being built officially.

Laurie’s priceless words will be in our coming edition, but here in the meanwhile is a photo of the car when owned in Melbourne by Colin Hyams – and with Jimmy Clark beind the wheel and Jackie Stewart beside him.

We have lots more images to go with the story.

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STRONG RUMOUR – A GENUINE D-TYPE COMING BACK TO AUSTRALIA …

August 30, 2019

According to a well known and very reliable source, a famous former Australian D-Type which has been owned in Europe for a number of years, has been sold to a motor racing personality in Australia and is heading back.

We know the car and buyer, but can’t reveal them yet.

Stay tuned though …

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FRANK GARDNER – 10 YEARS GONE

August 29, 2019
Frank crewed the winning Aston Martin at Le Mans in 1959 and later test drove Don Thallon’s 1959 Le Mans Lister Jaguar for us.

The great international racing engineer, racer, team owner, road safety devotee and test driver Frank Gardner died exactly 10 years ago. He remains sadly missed.

Frank’s first fibreglass bodied XK120 was reproduced by him in his ‘retirement’.

Frank was grounded in Jaguar, preparing and racing his XK120, C-Type and D-Type before heading to European success in late 1958. He also owned and operated a Jaguar specialist Mobil service station at Avalon on the northern beaches of Sydney.

His C-Type XKC037 was rebuilt by him following a road crash with its previous owner. His success in it put him on the path to Europe.

We pay tribute to Frank in our coming edition, a man who loved Jaguar to the core, and told us he wanted too own a new Jaguar before he died.

He had a massive influence on this magazine – we will explain how.

D-Type XKD520 was also rebuilt by him following a previous owner’s road crash. It remains one of the best original D-Types.

Vale Frank for 10 years departed.

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PETER WHITEHEAD AND COOPER JAGUARS – FULL OF SURPRISES

August 28, 2019
Le Mans 1955 and the Whitehead Cooper Jaguar leads the tragic Mercedes-Benz which was to crash into the crowd very soon after.

We believe the late-Peter Whitehead is vastly under-appreciated as a team owner, Jaguar works driver and personal team owner.

He requested John Cooper to create the Cooper Jaguar sports racer and he owned one third of all Cooper Jaguars built. He also won the 1938 Australian Grand Prix, the first race at Bathurst, the first Australian Hill Climb Championship, Le Mans for Jaguar in 1951, the Czech F1 Grand Prix, finished seventh in the first F1 Drivers World Championship, and was second at Le Mans in 1958 with his brother in Peter’s own Aston Martin.

He was also the first person to buy a F1 Ferrari from Enzo Ferrari – and so it goes on and on.

His 1955 Le Mans Cooper Jaguar, the first T38, is the best and most original of any surviving Cooper Jaguars, and we highlight both the man and the car in our coming edition.

It was always fast and successful, never damaged and was hidden untouched for 17 years before being found and completely overhauled in the late 1970s It is seen above in Tasmania early in the 1960s.

It is pristine and lives quietly in Brisbane, Australia having arrived in New Zealand, then Australia late in 1955.

It is a fascinating feature in our coming edition, and we too are spellbound by it. Make sure you get to feel the same.

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JAGUAR, LAND ROVER AND BMW TEAMING UP TO HELP EACH OTHER

August 15, 2019

Jaguar, which is partnered up with famous British SUV brand Land Rover, is reportedly working on tow compact SUVs with none other than BMW. That might sound like a weird choice, but quite a few other automakers have been leveraging Bimmer platforms for quite some time.

The rumoured new Jaguar SUVs are supposed to be compact, with one employing a “coupe” body style. They’re said to be using the BMW FAAR platform, which we know from the new BMW X1 and Mini Countryman.

BMW and Jaguar Land Rover have been collaborating already, including sharing engines, but this marks a new phase in that relationship. Perhaps just as shocking, this deal means Land Rover might be leveraging the BMW platform to launch a new entry-level SUV model.

It’s no secret that SUVs are hot, especially in the luxury market. With sales dipping, automakers are looking for any edge they can gain. And while Jaguar has been known for making luxurious, engaging cars, it’s looking to shift its lineup a little more toward SUVs.

These kinds of collaborations between automakers are going to become increasingly more common. The push toward cutting-edge technologies, plus increased competition globally is behind this trend.

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JORDAN AND HIS GEMS AT PEBBLE BEACH

August 14, 2019

He is still young by most standards, immensely talented as a commercial pilot, engineer and entrepreneur while his father owns the Bathurst and Spa winning TWR XJ-S.

Not a bad profile!

Now Jordan Roddy is in California for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey historic race meeting.

He is not on his own though and this is one of the four or five TWR V12 XJR-15s he has restored and/or rebuilt – while at the bottom level is the ex-David Brabham V12 Lamborghini racer he owns and has most recently totally restored.

We wish him well and look forward to the tales and images.

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F-PACE SVR V8 SUPERCHARGED – STRIKE A LIGHT!!!

August 9, 2019
See if you can read the name on the bridge …

It has been embargoed until today, but a few days ago we had our first drive of the hero-worship thundering F-Pace SVR beautiful beast of a Jaguar – with an acceleration time of a whisker over just 4 seconds for 0-100 kmh from a standstill.

Yet it drives like a kitten when not being asked to perform with luxurious ride qualities you expect in any Jaguar.

It it totally re-engineered, and according to Jaguar heads at our meeting, unless you buy one to specific order, the F-Pace SVR is now built on the production to meet with demand.

This sight is enough to get you excited.

Amazingly, in line with Jaguar’s ethos harking back to Sir William Lyons’ success, this beauty sells for just two thirds of its key rivals – yet outperforms them!

The full report is being put together now for the next Jaguar Magazine …

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THE NEW MODEL XE IS BRILLIANT FOR MANY REASONS

August 8, 2019

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We have just driven the mid-life XE up-grade – and applaud Jaguar for its new marketing approach.

All Jaguars are more affordable than ever.

Enjoy the video.

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FINDING THREE LONG LOST D-TYPES!!!

July 30, 2019
The Cunningham Long Nose D-Types with the team transporter and a Jack Endsley D-Type.

In edition #199 we break significant ground in a global sense by establishing the fates of three lost D-Types including XKD521 (8th at Sebring in 1956) and XKD503 which was the Ecurie Francorchamps D-Type which finished third at Le Mans in 1955!

There are three other cars involved into our investigation including the Cunningham team D-Type XKD525, which also went missing, but which we have found.

We will present the facts with images as well as historical research, and of course, at least one other D-Type as been ‘reborn’ after being scrapped.

This is as important to us as finding old masterpiece paintings, and just was exciting.

You will be intrigued too! It will be published in our next edition.

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