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E-type Club - technical meeting at Agra Engineering
Members in Scotland met for their winter technical meeting at Agra Engineering’s engine building and machining facility in Dundee. Joining the E-type Club were some of the Scottish members of the XK Club. Agra have been in business since 1963 and even run their own racing team giving them first-hand experience of competing in many different forms of racing.
Those present were given an absolutely fascinating tour of the facility by owner and car racers John Fyda and his son Jonathan Fyda. This included a demonstration of a Coventry Climax race engine on one of their dynos and an in-depth insight into the use of the very many specialised engine machining equipment, including crank grinding, line boring, cylinder boring and honing, crank balancing, gear cutting, engine assembly etc...
John also showed us a very special old Bentley engine where they are having to make the parts necessary for its rebuild. There were a couple of recently rebuilt Jaguar XK engines among the engines awaiting collection by their owners. All the members found the visit enthralling and all were there for far longer than anticipated. One hardy member, Rob Onslow even managed to travel to Agra in his E-type.
E-type Club Lancashire & Cumbria visit to Liverpool Museum's Vehicle Store - Feb 2020
A total of seventeen members visited the National Museums Liverpool's vehicle store and one E-type made the trip, making an unusual sight in Liverpool's docklands. The store is not open to the public so the club's visit was by special arrangement.
Curator for Land Transport, Sharon Brown, showed us around a veritable Aladdin's cave of delights. The collection, started in 1909, contains some 230 vehicles including horse drawn vehicles, cars, trucks, steam vehicles and even a half ton bullion trolley from one of Liverpool's banks.
After the visit to the private store, members visited the Museum of Liverpool on the famous Pier Head by the River Mersey. Here the museum has a new exhibition 'Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower' featuring vehicles made on Merseyside over the years.
With better weather on the way keep an eye open for events we'll be organising in the coming months.
High Peak Run 2019 - Simon Johnson
Despite the last-minute drama of amending our route days before the event (owing to the issues with the Toddbrook Reservoir at Whaley Bridge) and the threat of rain later in the day, we were all set for a record turnout at our annual High Peak Run, now returning for a sixth time.
An impressive collection of 20 E-types, an XJS, an XK150, an XKR and several other vehicles was to be found at the Grouse and Claret in Rowsley (on the fringes of the Chatsworth estate), our meeting point for breakfast and the start of the run. Once again, an excellent variety of cars made an appearance – examples of all series were present with a good split between FHC, OTS and 2+2 models. Some of the participants were there for our very first run, and one car continues with its form of being present at every run! Also encouraging was the number of new participants this year, many of whom have already expressed interest in returning. The secluded car park and peaceful setting near the River Derwent was the ideal place to kick off proceedings and we thank Paul, Tina and rest of the staff for their hospitality.
With the predicted forecast on everyone’s mind (although this certainly did not dampen our spirits) and a conservative estimate of 188 Jaguar cylinders running in the car park (the noise and the SMELL was incredible) we departed on our slightly truncated route of 60 miles. Heading up to cross the Via Gellia at Grangemill, we then wound our way down to the Manifold Valley, with many participants deciding to invade Wetton Mill Tea Rooms, a tranquil little spot nestled in the middle of nowhere. Shortly after Wetton Mill, our route navigated the modestly sized but quaint Swainsley Tunnel. This was used by the Leek and Manifold Light Railway from 1904 to 1934, whose route was constructed predominantly for carrying produce from the local dairies and is even mentioned in Bradshaw’s famous railway guide books of the early 20th century.
The narrow winding lanes of the Manifold Valley gave way to fast open stretches of road with long views across the Staffordshire moorlands, as we picked up the A53 into Buxton. Our original intention was to head towards the Goyt Valley, but we instead took a shortcut to our next point of call at Sparrowpit, before crossing over to the head of the Hope Valley via a descent of Winnat’s Pass. This then led us nicely through the popular villages of Castleton, Hope and Bradwell (of ice cream fame), before concluding the run at the delightful Barrel Inn at Bretton, affectionately termed “the highest pint in Derbyshire.” Thanks to Diane and her team of staff for once again hosting such a large party for an excellent Sunday dinner and taking it all in their stride!
As for the weather, aside from a tiny sprinkling of rain some 15 minutes into the run I suspect most of our participants got home dry. Richard and I got caught in one big downpour on the way home as we were a little later leaving, but the car was dry by the time we got back. All in all another superb day out in the glorious Peak District – I look forward to seeing you all again next year. For those of you considering making the journey from other regions – this already routinely happens and we would love to for it to continue with new participants year on year!
Sydney Motor Sport Park at Eastern Creek NSW - Geoff Bott
Over 1900 cars turned up to Sydney Motor Sport Park at Eastern Creek NSW for the Combined Motor Clubs Display Day sponsored by Shannons on Sunday 18th August 2019. My club, the Classic Rally Club, boasts 4 E-types in our 400+ membership and two of us brought our E-types for what turned out to be a sparkling day weather-wise.
Ross Warner, former club president, uses his grey S3 FHC as his every day car and here it is pictured alongside “Garfield” my 1965 S1 4.2 FHC in an inconspicuous yellow. Quite a few other E-types featured in various other club displays if you wandered around the massive area. The display day is an annual event every mid-August and covers the complete gamut of classic and vintage clubs. Well worth a look if you are in the area.
James Mitchell - Scramble Review
Founded in 2014, the Sunday Scramble was originally a small ‘cars and coffee’ gathering amidst the early stages of the restoration of Bicester Heritage. Five years on and it's now a national event up there with Goodwood, and the 'Drive It Day' meeting has always proved the most popular. As a specialist here at Bicester Heritage (for those of you who haven’t visited yet, you should - it's fast becoming the European historic car capital), it's always nice to be able to open the showroom doors and welcome enthusiasts. Around 6,000 people attended on April 28 2019.
Taking time away from showing people around my showroom, I enjoyed wandering around both the 'Technical Site' (which is where the historic buildings are) as well as the airfield, which is where most of the club and public parking is. As always, there was a great selection of Jaguars out - I counted 75 before I gave up - although nothing pre-war this time.
The earliest was a 1950 XK120 Roadster, a smart LHD car that was on suitably Yank whitewall tyres. Aubrey Finburgh was there with PUR 120, his much loved and battle worn C-type. As is typical for 'Drive It Day', this event is often the first time a classic will have been driven since being put away for winter hibernation the previous year, and as such there were the usual troubles in the car park.
One of note was a fabulous pre-HE XJS, brought by a young couple, David and Sue Frumping. It is their first classic, and this was only their second outing, the first being when they bought it last Autumn. I heard the frustrated whine of the starter motor and the condescending drop in decibels as the battery failed from across the car park. Whilst Sue sat (patiently?) in the car, David explained how the pre-HE V12 has two separate fuel-injectors solely for starting. He had replaced them over the winter, but it seems as though they were not of a great quality and were making it impossible to start, with heavy over fuelling. I had to leave them to it, but as I looked back I was sure Sue was using her fingers to confirm to David from inside the car that it was definitely both injectors that were broken.
Roger Sambrook - Sunday Drive
This time we tried something a little different and teamed up with the local JEC for the May run with two starting points. The Aberdeen contingent started at the Loch Skene carpark and included a Daimler V8 and XKR in the starting line-up. They were joined at the Grampian Transport museum in Alford by Mike Forbes’ E-type and an XJR as well as picking up a Jaguar 420 en route to Braemar. Mid-morning coffee was enjoyed at the excellent transport museum.
This season it's focusing on the future of driving as well as maintaining its Guy Martin collection - including his Merlin aero engine – and many other interesting cars, motorbikes, bicycles and various commercial vehicles.
The Perth start was generously hosted by Ross Peters and included an immaculate pre-HE XJ-S in the starting line-up of mainly E-types and one member’s F-type. Ross provided tea and coffee while our members had the opportunity to talk cars. Those originating from Perthshire were joined by the E-types of Graham and Charlie from Edinburgh and also new member Rob Onslow and wife.
Both groups made their way to the newly renovated Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar, travelling through impressive scenery from both sides of Braemar. The hotel made us welcome by clearing parking immediately outside so the cars could be displayed in front of the hotel. We met up with members Ian and Dorothy at the hotel in their Aston Martin, having travelled directly there as I believe theirs was the only car that had failed to start earlier in the morning! More than two dozen enjoyed a light lunch and then took the opportunity to look around the hotel. Art is central to the Fife Arms experience. More than 14,000 pieces including antiques and specially commissioned artworks have been thoughtfully integrated into every room, corridor and corner. These include a Picasso, water colours by Prince Charles and a specially commissioned Steinway piano in reception, creatively reimagined by contemporary artist Mark Bradford.
After lunch the members departed, once more to enjoy a drive through the magnificent local scenery, mostly returning to their respective start points.
Crich Tramway Museum and
Classic Car Show May 2019
Despite a grey start to the day, 10 members enjoyed a rain free day looking at classic cars, riding on vintage trams and sharing our beautiful cars with the general public and fellow classic car enthusiasts.
Unfortunately only three cars were able to attend due to one (still) being stuck in the body shop and another member being told the event was full. However this did not stop everyone having a very enjoyable day.
Tasmanian E Type and XK club weekend: 30 March - 1 April by Dale Pearce
We were fortunate that the weather was kind and the roads were uncrowded for our Tasmanian XK and E-type club weekend, held in the beautiful Freycinet coast region.
Nine cars, with nine couples, attended this inaugural event, and it's likely that it will become an annual get- together, as nothing surpasses seeing a line of classic Jaguar sports cars winding their way along the area's superb coastal highways.
It is a real pleasure to get a group of like-minded enthusiasts together - enjoying their cars, each other's company and the beautiful region.
Our main journey led us north from Coles Bay to the fishing town of Bicheno, then further north to Elephant's Pass, a very narrow and winding road up to St Marys township. These are relatively empty roads and suited our cars beautifully. From St Marys we headed back down to the coast, where views of the ocean are quite spectacular.
Back in Bicheno we visited the excellent vintage motor bike museum, where over 40 bikes were on display. Some of our group also walked to the well-known Wineglass Bay lookout that afternoon.
We are looking forward to next year's event, with hopefully more XKs and E-types joining us.
E-type Benelux event, organised by Richard Butler and Huub Kleintjes
Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Brussels? Well actually we went just a little south of Brussels to the Memorial 1815 Museum in Waterloo.
Our day commenced with a welcome coffee and some shortbread
in the car park of the museum where seven club members and four
E-types had gathered. We then ventured into the main part of the
museum that had a recent (2015) complete refurbishment in
preparation for the 200th commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo.
The new additions to the museum (there are three main areas now
at this site) are superb and are certainly on par with the best of any
museums I have visited in Belgium.
After visiting the main section of the museum we all ventured up the
40-metre mound to the Butte de Lion which is well worth the great
panoramic view of the battlefield site. We then had a pleasant lunch
in the adjacent restaurant followed up with some compulsory car
chat, future planned events and of course much reference to the B
word that was on all of our minds - Belgian beer!
Although we were expecting seven cars for this first Benelux meeting of the year - only four were able to make it due to unexpectedly cold (below zero) temperatures in the Luxembourg area and one E-type taking longer than expected in the garage for some paint work - nothing unusual there I am sure.
The afternoon concluded with a visit to the third area of the museum; the Hougemont Farm where the unique and mesmerising visual displays in the actual barn where one of the major battles took place never cease to impress despite my numerous visits.
Many thanks to Huub and the other Benelux members for turning up and supporting this event. Thanks also go to Anglo Parts in Mechelen (between Brussels and Antwerp) for providing a generous goody bag and to my wife Mona who provided the biscuits and also made a commemorative marmalade for the day.
A splendid day was had by all on this chilly and chummy great day out in our cars.
Spring run in aid of MacMillan
After an indifferent week weatherwise, Sunday 17 March turned out to be just about perfect (in Cornwall anyway!). Although there were no entries from either XK (apart from ours) or E-type members, two non-members took part who, hopefully, will join. The run started with a hearty breakfast in which some indulged more than others! The skies were cloudless and the sun shone as we headed off away from Padstow and
up the North Coast towards Port Isaac. This is, of course, Doc Martin
country and home of ‘Fishermans Friends’. If you’ve not heard of them I
can recommend listening to them or watching their video. There was an
alternative route provided as the indicated trail was rather narrow through
the village! The route carried on up the coast to a lunch stop at Bowood
Golf and Country Club near Camelford. After lunch it was across
Davidstow, site of former racing circuit and down to Altarnun and on to
Bolventor and Jamaica Inn. We were now in Daphne du Maurier territory
and continued down the Draynes Valley, passing Golitha Falls to
Siblyback Lake. All the time searching for clues which had been given
at the start. There were also a couple of places to find where entrants
had to have a photo of their car taken to prove that they had followed the
route. It was then time to head back, the route crossing back across Bodmin Moor through Warleggan and Poldark country. It was turning into a literary and cultural tour! Everyone, eventually, arrived back at Trevisker where tea and buns were available for those that hadn’t eaten enough to this point! All enjoyed the event and signed up for the next (date to be decided) and nearly £300 was raised for MacMillan.
Jaguar LR Classic Center - Karl-Heinz Wiebusch
Despite the almost winterly outside temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, nine E-type and XK owners finally visited the Jaguar LR Classic Center in the middle of Europe.
This troupe of Uprights was supplemented by Dave Attwood (currently living in NL) together with two friends from the UK. (Zoli and Sascha Kovacs as well as Angus and Steffi Moss).
Like the CEO of the Jaguar LR Classic Center and Jaguar UK Club member Dr. Ralf Klasen explained, this center is not only modelled on the original in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK but has an even more impressive exhibition area (see separate photos). In the adjoining generously equipped workshop, the complete service spectrum from pure inspections to complete restorations (nuts and bolts) is conducted. Only for environmental reasons, the painting of the vehicles was outsourced. The order situation is excellent, and the customer base is continuously expanded with the inclusion of Benelux. The purchase and sale of Classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles as well as their storage is also part of the offer.
All participants of this event were not only comprehensively informed by Dr. Klasen but had the opportunity to talk shop and ask questions. A final snack rounded off this event in a perfect manner.
Conclusion of the participants was that it was worthwhile to come to Essen. Perhaps somewhere for other regions to consider
Australian 50th National Jaguar Rally, Albury NSW - 30 March 2019 by David Irvine
I'm sending a few photos from the Australian 50th Jaguar National Rally hosted by the JCCV on Saturday 30 March Display Day.
You may have received some reports already from other people, however, I'd like to briefly tell you our impressions.
The weather was unusually cold and wet for this time of the year here in Albury – halfway between Melbourne and Sydney – but although cold, the rain fortunately held off.
Participants came from all States of Australia in their cars from far away places such as Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Ferry Trip) and Western Australia (around 3,500 km) plus of course, with most cars, Victoria and New South Wales.
My estimate was 250 - 300 cars.
The Display Day was followed by a fabulous sell-out entertainment night with a 3-course meal (232 people to a sit-down dinner!) and music from BABBA - an ABBA Tribute Band at "The Cube" in Wodonga (A twin city with Albury - one City each side of the Murray River which is the border between VIC and NSW. (A long explanation for you in the UK if you were not aware).
One interesting thing for us was that there were more XKs than E-types – maybe up to 40 XKs.
And as you can see Julian Barratt had a stand at the Display Day and seemed to be pretty busy all day – but I'm sure he'll tell you and put it into "Banter".
Next day on the Sunday there were some social events and there was also a 5-day Post-Rally Sporting Run.
Then on Monday evening, 1 April, Julian gave a very interesting talk over dinner to about 30 of us in the E-type Register of the JCCV.