Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tara Whitsed

Jaguar en­thu­si­ast Fred Wil­liams is thrilled to win the Best Bri­tish Car award at the re­cently held Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine event in Euroa.

The Shep­par­ton man took out the cat­e­gory with his cream 1958 Jaguar XK150.

The ve­hi­cle was pur­chased by Mr Wil­liams in 2016 af­ter it was first despatched in June, 1958, to An­der­son Agen­cies in Bris­bane.

It was bought by a Syd­ney-based owner in 1965 and sold again in 1967. It was at this time the car re­ceived per­for­mance mod­i­fi­ca­tions to its engine and transmission.

‘‘It was sold to Don Robin­son of Oat­ley, Syd­ney in 1996, he started a se­ri­ous restora­tion,’’ Mr Wil­liams said.

‘‘I spent a cou­ple of years up­grad­ing it to its cur­rent stan­dard.’’

It is not the first Jaguar Mr Wil­liams pur­chased. His love af­fair be­gan all the way back in 1997.

‘‘I was orig­i­nally a me­chanic,’’ he said.

‘‘I had a garage in the 1960s in Shep­par­ton.’’

The Euroa event was the first time he had en­tered the XK150 in a show-and­shine, and he will now head to Mel­bourne to com­pete in the elite Jaguar Con­cours D’El­e­gance event.

‘‘It’s the top of the top,’’ Mr Wil­liams said.

He said he was thrilled to have taken out the award at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine.

‘‘It is such a fan­tas­tic event,’’ he said.

‘‘The Strath­bo­gie Shire should be con­grat­u­lated for run­ning such an amaz­ing event.

‘‘There were 900 cars, 450 mo­tor­bikes and 8000 peo­ple in at­ten­dance on just that one day.’’

The Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine was held on Oc­to­ber 7.

Pic­ture: Me­gan Fisher

Great beauty: Fred Wil­liams and his dog (ABOVE) ad­mire their Jaguar. BE­LOW LEFT: The 1958 Jaguar XK150 still looks su­perb. BE­LOW RIGHT: Fred Wil­liams in his Jaguar.

Wheel turn heads: The Jaguar fea­tures pris­tine wire wheels.

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