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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