JRA TWR Jaguar XJ-Ss chassis #006, 005 and 004 lined up on the Bathurst grid prior to the race start in October 1985. It was their only race of the year.

We are about to celebrate our 200th edition – and were just five issues old when the JRA TWR Jaguar XJ-S chassis 006 won the Bathurst 1000 kilometre classic in October 1985.

It will be available as a single issue purchase at our website – so you won’t need to subscribe for a full year to read it.

This is our teaser cover until the real image is shot – but it will include this no-mileage XJR-S bought recently by Jordan Roddy – and his father’s TWR XJ-S!

Nobody else from the media got the inside Jaguar access at the Bathurst track that we did!

Chassis 004 was third having led for the majority of time, while a BMW was second – making it a perfect race result for Jaguar because local ex-Ford hero, and Australian Grand Prix Champion John Goss took the winner’s flag with German star Armin Hahne his very quick co-driver.

Armin Hahne relaxes on his new tyre prior to getting back in for the race. The almost didn’t have enough wheels before the race – we will explain.

The winning Jaguar has been back in Australia for a long time thanks to Mike Roddy, and is cherished by him in original condition – while being seen and heard on various tracks!

It is the best and most original of all seven TWR-built XJ-S racers, and Bathurst TWR ringmaster Ian ‘Blue’ Forward confirms Mike’s chassis #006 won the two most significant races for the TWR XJ-S era.

We spent the entire four days in the Bathurst JRA TWR Jaguar pits and around the drivers and team – with our hallowed mentor, and former factory Student Apprentice/PR Head, Andrew Whyte.

Seat repairs for the winning Jaguar – didn’t work!

They were, of course, Bathurst and the Spa 24 Hour events!!!

It was a dream start for our magazine, and has never stopped being fabulous.

We will highlight our history in edition #200 though ten pages in the next magazine, and that will include the people, the cars, places – and the Bathurst plus the Le Mans victories.

The Jaguar driving team of Percy and Hahne watches qualifying on television for the top ten. The engineer is young Charlie Bamber.

We didn’t miss a single Le Mans, with full photographic and journalist privileges, between 1987 and 1991, plus 1993.

Enjoy Bathurst, even if you are not a V8 Supercars racing fan because the place is so special, and don’t forget edition #200 which will surprise and entertain everyone.

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