DON LAW RAC­ING

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature -

Once the XJ220 was re­leased and the dust had set­tled, Jaguar pro­gressed its busi­ness to once again be­come com­pet­i­tive with the likes of Mercedes-benz and BMW. This meant there was lit­tle time or in­cli­na­tion in­ter­nally to look af­ter the XJ220 on an on­go­ing ba­sis, given the com­plex­ity of the car and the time that would have to be spent on on­go­ing main­te­nance. Word was spread­ing about a small race shop, run by Don Law and his son, Justin. First came ba­sic ser­vic­ing on an XJ220, then in 1996, Don Law Rac­ing was thrown the keys to two more XJ220S by their own­ers and asked to turn them into rac­ing cars, pow­ered by what might’ve been — a 7.0-litre V12 en­gine. Not long af­ter­wards, Jaguar was also in touch to see whether the Laws might be in­ter­ested in tak­ing over the ser­vic­ing of the en­tire fleet of XJ220S. Of course, Don Law saw the op­por­tu­nity and jumped on it. Over the years, Don Law Rac­ing has be­come not just the XJ220 specialist, but the only team to work on the car. Ef­fec­tively it was given the keys to the king­dom by Jaguar, and took over the en­tire project, buy­ing all the orig­i­nal en­gines, gear­boxes and pan­els that Jaguar had left over from the XJ220 build, as well as the orig­i­nal schemat­ics, ren­der­ings and clay mod­els that were used for aero­dy­namic test­ing. Don Law even ended up work­ing with Bridge­stone on the de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of new fit-for-pur­pose tyres. Own­ers of XJ220S ship their ve­hi­cles from around the world to the Old Cheese Fac­tory in which the Laws op­er­ate. They’re not ones to rest on their lau­rels, the Laws now have some rac­ing prove­nance — Justin took out the Le Mans Clas­sic twice, and holds three of the top 10 spots on the Good­wood Hill­climb leader­board, both achieved in one of their own XJR-9 race cars.

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