About the Jaguar E-type Club
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The Only International Jaguar E-type Club!
In 2004, after having formed the XK Club in 1997, Julie Porter and I were persuaded to start an E-type Club by E-type-owning members of the XK Club! We are delighted to say that the Club has gone from strength to strength and we have members in over 50 countries and a truly international and growing club.”
Co-founder: Philip Porter
What makes the E-type Club different?
First and foremost, we are the only Club to focus 100% on E-types. At the heart of the E-type Club is the magazine. Packed with superb content, contributed by members and professional writers from around the world, we aim to have a balance of articles covering all interests. A high proportion of E-type owners appreciate technical/ practical features and there is no shortage. Such is the pressure on space, the magazine has gradually expanded and is now more than 68 pages monthly. The magazine, The E-type, is headed up by Philip Porter and, since 2017, former Editor of Classic & Sportscar magazine, James Page. There is a carefully chosen selection of advertisers and a regular motorsport news section. The magazine is way above the standard of the average club publication. As well as the printed magazine, we also offer a digital version, free of charge. This arrives by email, has video, search functions, extra photos, live links, and more. The website is constantly updated in-house and has an ever expanding Members’ Only section with technical library and practical videos. There is also a very active co-hosted E-type Forum. The Club is truly international and we are proud to have members in more than 50 countries. As an alternative to our ‘standard’ membership, we offer a ‘digital magazine only’ option outside the UK & Europe at a reduced subscription fee. The Club’s emphasis is very much on using our cars – the E-type was designed to be driven! Thus we have a wide range of events from runs to international tours, from lunches to weekends, from track days to technical seminars. We also hold events in conjunction with charity partners, most successfully our annual Round Britain Coastal Drive in support of Prostate Cancer UK. As well as events organised by HQ, we also have a thriving community at local level, with regional activities and events being arranged by our splendid volunteer Representatives around the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and many other countries. We have a small but dedicated office-based team, most of whom have now worked with us for many years. Many specialists and insurers offer members a meaningful discount. These discounts and the technical advice helps those members restoring, maintaining or upgrading their cars, and can easily cover the annual subscription. All of this for less than a tank of fuel!
Patron: Ian Callum
Scot, Ian Callum, graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Industrial Design before earning a master’s degree in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art in London. He completed highly successful stints as a car designer for several manufacturers including Ford, TWR, Aston Martin and finally Jaguar. The list of car designs he has played a principal role in realising includes such seminal works as the Ford RS200 and Escort Cosworth; Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish; and Jaguar’s XK, 2009 XJ, F-type, F-Pace and I-Pace. In 2019, the same year he left his long-standing position as Director of Design for Jaguar to start his own design consultancy, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the British car industry.
Co-Founder: Philip Porter
Philip has owned his Fixed Head (9600 HP – the oldest E-type and Geneva launch press car) and Roadster (848 CRY – The Italian Job E-type) since 1977. He is the author of Jaguar E-type – The Definitive History, Ultimate E-type – The Competition Cars, Original Jaguar E-type, The Most Famous Car in the World and about 10 other Jaguar titles plus a number of other motoring books, including four with Sir Stirling Moss. His books have been voted Book of the Year three times and he writes for magazines such as Octane. Philip also founded Porter Press International, now the world’s leading publisher of quality motoring books.
Former Patron: Norman Dewis (OBE)
The late Norman Dewis was a Jaguar legend. He joined the company in 1952 as Chief Test Driver and helped to develop disc brakes as well as all the production and competition cars, including, most famously, the E-type.