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JLR TO HAVE MAJOR PRESENCE AT LA MOTOR SHOW – FUTURISTIC JAGUAR?

November 15, 2017

North America gets a first look at the Jaguar E-PACE compact performance SUV, the powerful Jaguar XJR575 flagship sedan and the stylish, spacious Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

The new plug-in hybrid models demonstrate Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to electrification. Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, said: “From 2020 every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year.”

The Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy prototype is further proof of the company’s electric intent. It previews the world’s first single-make electric racing series that starts in 2018.

Also on display will be the Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE, a vision for the car of 2040 and beyond. The fully autonomous virtual concept explores mobility for the connected world of tomorrow, where vehicles could be shared not owned.

The Range Rover SVAutobiography will take luxury to a new level on its global premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid Range Rover and Range Rover Sport also appear in the US for the first time. Both offer sustainable luxury and performance, with up to 50 kilometres of zero-emission driving. They are part of the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport ranges that make their US debuts with the latest consumer technology and enhanced exterior design.

These premium vehicles with next-generation technology and the best of British design are on display at the LA Convention Center from 1-10 December.

It’s all in edition #190:

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SNEAK LOOK AT OUR PRE-CHRISTMAS EDITION

November 13, 2017

It is always fun to find out what is coming up in a magazine, and our pre-Christmas edition is no exception.

A yearly subscription is also on special discount to help make it an affordable present to anyone – anywhere in the world.

Here are some of the main features in edition #190:

XJ40 – we look for the first launch cars from Scotland with input from Jaguar’s original Design Department members – and review the model’s reception.
 
XJ13 – we investigate closely if it could have beaten the Ford GT40 at Le Mans.
 
XJ-S Manual – the owner of a rare Facelift V12 Convertible instals a factory-quality five speed manual transmission.
 
V12 E-Types – we find the Series 2 converted prototypes – some of which had six cylinder engines
 
Larry Perkins – the famous Aussie who finished 4th for Jaguar at Le Mans in 1988.
 
Jaguar Experience – the new way Jaguar gets potential buyers into their cars.
 
E-Type – best buying advice.
 
Dr Boorman – the eccentric 1955 C-Type owner who loved photography – we find his hidden transparencies and publish them.
 
.. and loads more
 
I do hope that if you are a current or new reader you will enjoy it.  I am sure you will learn a lot you didn’t know about our favourite marque.

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RODDY’S HISTORIC TWR XJ-S ON THE PODIUM AT SUNDOWN

November 12, 2017

Congratulations to Mike Roddy, owner and racer of the Spa 24 Hour and Bathurst 1000 race winning TWR XJ-S.

Mike has owned this priceless piece of Jaguar history for many years, having found and bought it in Scotland without knowing which of the team cars it was.  He has maintained it carefully in pristine original, and undamaged condition.

On Sunday, and in front of former TWR Jaguar engineer Ian ‘Blue’ Dorward (over from New Zealand for the occasion) who helped built it new, crewed it at Spa and managed the winning team at Bathurst in 1985, Mike took second place outright for the weekend.

That was a mighty feat considering the competition he was racing against, and the fact his is a genuine historic machine which he treats with caution.

To top it off, the prizes were awarded by great Australian actor, and Jaguar owner (his ‘MkIV’ was seen in the Dr Blake Mysteries on the same night), John Woods.  Mike is seen on the second right with John in the hat.

Between that triumph at Sandown, and the effort of the Kirby and Waldock F-Type to win at Mt Buller, also in Victoria – it was a brilliant few days for Jaguar in competition in Australia.

 

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WELCOME BACK TO THE GAUDIONS AFTER STARRING AT THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL

November 10, 2017

Thanks to the enthusiasm and sheer hard work of Clive Beecham, owner of ex-works and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type XKD603, the car which finished second at Le Mans in 1957, Aussie engineer Ron Gaudion who prepared all of the three Le Mans winning D-Types, built the first 10 production D-Types and most of the works Long Nose racers – starred for Jaguar at the 2017 Goodwood Revival.

 

Ron and his Scottish-born wife May were in the UK for almost three weeks and did major Jaguar-orientated things they could not have dreamed of.  They were in huge demand by the world’s motoring press and media who were amazed that Ron had stories they had never heard because is the man who was on the spot making Jaguar history happen.

Today we met up for the first time since Ron and May returned home, and he remains gobsmacked at the fuss made and the attention given to him during the whole time.

He and May remain the same lovely humble people though, and his whole story in the UK in 2017 is a 10 page feature in our current edition.

We have known him for decades and he has been part of the magazine since our foundation in 1984 – but now the whole international Jaguar scene knows him.

You will be amazed when you read his story in our feature.

Well done to Clive Beecham – he is the man who made it happen.

There is only Ron and Norman Dewis left from the factory racing perspective, and Ron and former Ecurie Ecosse apprentice Pat Meehan from the Scottish team era.  Ron is THAT important.

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I-PACE NOMINATED FOR ‘WHAT CAR?’ READER AWARD

November 8, 2017

The I-PACE, Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, has been short listed for the What Car? Reader Award, where the public choose the car they are most excited about seeing in 2018.

It is competing against 12 other new vehicles with the winner being crowned at the What Car? Awards in January.

The Jaguar I-PACE is an electric car that combines a super car silhouette with sports car performance, five-seater SUV versatility and zero emissions.

Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “We are extremely excited about the arrival of Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle and cannot wait to see the reaction of UK buyers. We believe the I-PACE’s groundbreaking design, true Jaguar performance and competitive range and charging times will make it the first real electric alternative to a traditional premium SUV.”

The motoring public can vote on the car they most look forward to seeing at www.wcreaderaward.com until the closing date on 4 December at 17:00 (GMT).

When the production version is revealed it will become the latest member of Jaguar’s successful PACE family of SUVs.

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ONE BUSINESS ACQUIRES 30 NEW XF SPORTBRAKES – XF TOPS JD POWER SURVEY

November 7, 2017

Jaguar has delivered a fleet of 30 all-new XF Sportbrake models to Portfolio Cars, a subsidiary of the We Know Group. They will be used by Portfolio as a superior transport service for its VIP customers around Heathrow Airport.

With a 1700-litre load space, self-levelling suspension and a host of other features, Portfolio’s decided on the Jaguars for important clients and their baggage.

Portfolio Cars also took delivery of 18 Jaguar XF saloons in late 2015 alongside two Jaguar XJ LWB models, replacing their fleet of Mercedes-Benz models. In late 2016, they also took delivery of eight additional XJ LWB and 38 XF models, followed by a further 10 XF models in April 2017.

Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, Jeremy Hicks, said: “We’re thrilled that our longstanding relationship with Portfolio Cars has continued with this order of 30 XF Sportbrake models. With low running costs and a spacious, luxurious cabin – not to mention the sports car-inspired styling – our line-up of cars is ticking every box for business customers.”

Peter Buchanan, Portfolio Cars Chairman, said: “The XF Sportbrake is the epitome of understated luxury and style, packed full of innovative features and a really flexible and spacious cabin. Our highly valued clients expect a quiet and comfortable journey, and XF Sportbrake was an irresistible proposition for us. This is the next step in our excellent partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, and we look forward to building our fleet further with them in the future.”

The Jaguar XF was recently the highest ranked ‘Large and Luxury Car’ in the JD Power Survey. Focusing on reliability and customer experience, the Jaguar XF’s position was secured by feedback from genuine customers who have owned their cars for 12-36 months.

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UNEARTHING THOSE FAMOUS XJ40 LAUNCH CARS IN EDITION #190

November 7, 2017

It is just a little sad and tragic to say, but it seems likely that only one of the 24 historic XJ40s used in the Scottish XJ40 Press Launch – which gleaned headlines and cover stories throughout the world for Jaguar – survives today!

We had a close association with several of them at the time, including the survivor, D38 BRW (seen here in 1987 with Austin Swallows), and in our next edition we show as many of those first cars as we can find.

We also get the inside stories from Design Department members in 1996 Stuart Spencer and George Thompson, and get the story from George how took one of the prototypes to Sir William Lyons’ home to get last minutes design tips from the great man.

Stuart explains and shows us how he and his small team secretly took another prototype to London, put it onto a special rotisserie, had it on its side – and squeezed it into a building in London for the very first reveal of all!

The XJ40 fathered the legendary X300 and V8 engined X308 which continued through until 2003 – so we also reappraise the very affordable XJ40 in light of its 31 years of history.

It’s not to be missed if you like modern historic Jaguar saloons in particular.

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EXPERIENCING NEW JAGUARS – FROM THE SEAT

November 3, 2017

Jaguar and Land Rover are doing a brilliant job of allowing potential buyers to experience their newest models on the road and tracks – from the passenger seat and behind the wheel.

For the next four days Jaguar Land Rover Australia has taken over the Frank Gardner-built Norwell Driving Centre south of Brisbane, and filling it with over thirty cars and around 60 hand-selected staff.

Frank’s idea was to provide a world best driving facility, and under the Morris family it retains that status.  Frank carved out his illustrious international racing and engineering career starting with a Jaguar XK120, C-Type and D-Type before going to Europe.  Jaguar remained his favourite marque up until his passing.

Our visit to the Experience was another highlight event in a big year, and we got to drive a V8 F-Type Coupe and supercharged XE 3.0 litre at serious speeds around the Herman Tilke (of F1 track design) planned facility.  We also got to drive the brilliant new Land Rover Velar through some serious off-road pool-like tracks.  The Velar shares the same platform as Jaguar’s F-Pace so makes an interesting comparison.

We will feature the event in our coming edition – and you will probably be surprised at which car impressed us most in terms of performance driving and serious cornering.  … but then you might not be surprised either!

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HISTORY REPEATS – JAGUAR WINS THE DEWAR TROPHY AGAIN

November 2, 2017

After William Lyons accepted the Dewar Trophy on behalf of his Company in 1951, Jaguar has won the trophy again this year.

The Dewar Cup was first donated in the early years of the twentieth century by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, M.P. a member of parliament of the United Kingdom (UK), to be awarded each year by the Royal Automobile Club (R. A .C.) “to the motor car which should successfully complete the most meritorious performance or test furthering the interests and advancement of the [automobile] industry”.

Jaguar has been awarded the Royal Automobile Club’s prestigious Dewar Trophy for the I-Pace concept.

Jaguar’s boss, Dr Ralf Speth, collected the Dewar Trophy, which was awarded for the I-Pace’s position as the first ever full-electric Jaguar. The I-Pace will go on sale in 2018 as a rival to the Tesla Model S and Model X, although it will be otherwise peerless until other established manufacturers catch up with their electrified vehicles.

Upon accepting the award, Speth said: “Our design and engineering teams have done an incredible job with the I-Pace concept. It marks the next generation of Jaguars – compelling innovative technology, future-facing design, zero emissions. [The car will be] a new driving experience that retains and enhances the unmistakable essence of Jaguar.”

 

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JASON LEN’S XKS UNLIMITED PASSES OWNERSHIP TO MOSS MOTORS

November 1, 2017

One of most loyal and favoured advertisers, XKs Unlimited in California, has been sold by Jason Len to Moss Motors, Ltd.

XKs Unlimited specialises in parts for a wide range of Jaguars including the iconic and desirable Jaguar XKs and E-Types. Serving the Jaguar enthusiasts since 1973, XKs Unlimited has always prided itself on its selection of parts, great customer service and dedication to the Jaguar community. This legacy of commitment to supplying Jaguar owners with the parts they need to restore and maintain their classic cats will now continue with the support and guidance of Moss Motor’s nearly 70 years of experience in the British car parts and restoration business.

The addition of XKs Unlimited’s operations, personnel and expertise to the Moss Motors, Ltd. family further solidifies Moss’s leadership in the vintage British car parts marketplace and creates a one-stop source for Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Austin Healey and classic Mini restoration shops, service providers and owners alike. “We’ve always prided ourselves on doing everything we could to keep these unique and fun British cars on the road,” says Moss Motors Chairman, Robert Goldman. “Moss started out servicing and supplying parts for British sports cars including Jaguars here in California almost 70 years ago, and even owned the local Jaguar dealership for many years. We’ve sold Jaguar and classic British car parts to our valued customers ever since, so adding XKs Unlimited to our family just reinforces our commitment to all the British marques, but especially our Jaguar heritage.”

Regarding the acquisition, XKs Unlimited founder, Jason Len said, “With my desire to concentrate more on my first love, the direct restoration of classic Jaguars and British sports cars, I will continue on with the ownership of the restoration shop at the same location, but with the new name XKs Motorsport.  I just felt I needed to find someone that would take good care of our longtime XKs Unlimited customers; to find the right stewards for our parts side of the business.” “And with Moss Motors’ already existing support of Jaguar and their great reputation for customer service and value; everything just came together.”

XKs Unlimited is a classic Jaguar parts specialist founded in 1973 and located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Moss Motors, Ltd., founded in 1948 is a multi-national warehouse distributor, manufacturer and retailer of performance, restoration and replacement parts for vintage British and specialty market vehicles including Jaguar, MG, Triumph, Austin Healey, classic Mini and Miata. Moss Motors, Ltd. is THE SOURCE for your classic British car needs. Moss Motors, Ltd. 440 Rutherford Street, Goleta, CA 93117.

We wish Jason a happy future, and have followed his world travels on Facebook for some time – well deserved Jason, and thanks from me and Jaguar Magazine.

 

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