Jaguar mile­stone cel­e­brated

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Colin Smith

Thirty years of car club ac­tiv­i­ties and mul­ti­ple Jaguar mile­stones are be­ing cel­e­brated in Tau­ranga next week­end.

The Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club (Bay of Plenty) has aweek­end of 30th an­niver­sary events planned for guests bring­ing rare Jaguars to the Bay of Plenty from as far away as In­ver­cargill.

More than 40 cars are reg­is­tered for the Novem­ber 10-11 Jaguar An­niver­sary Week­end with the BOP club shin­ing the spot­light on the XK sports car line as a fea­ture of the cel­e­bra­tions.

“This year is also the 70th an­niver­sary since the launch of the iconic XK 120. Sowe plan a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion with a gath­er­ing of our club, XKs and friends from other Jaguar clubs from New Zealand,” said club sec­re­tary/trea­surer Tony John­son.

The even­twill also mark the 65th an­niver­sary of the C-type Le Mans vic­tory in 1953 and 50th an­niver­sary of the reveal of the XJ6 sa­loon at Earls Court, Lon­don in Oc­to­ber 1968.

The pro­gramme for the

week­end in­cludes a cel­e­bra­tion din­ner, a group photo shoot, a tour to Omoko­roa and a Sun­day drive to the Ro­torua Lakes. The main pub­lic ele­ment— where the cars can be viewed and there’s a chance to vote in a peo­ple’s choice award and raise funds for the TECT Res­cue Heli­copter Ser­vice— is on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10.

More than 40 Jaguars will be on dis­play at Ma­sonic Park, The Strand be­tween 10am and 1pm, rang­ing from a 1947 Mark IV to E-Types, Mark 1 and Mark 2 sa­loon mod­els and the lat­est 2019 Jaguar F-type R-Dy­namic sports car. Head­line cars in­clude a pair of C-Type repli­cas and a D-Type replica— each a New Zealand­built replica of the 1950s Le Mans 24 Hours win­ning sports cars— and one of the nine Con­tin­u­a­tion Series XK-SS mod­els on loan to the club for the event.

The orig­i­nal cars were ear­marked for ex­port to the United States, how­ever, just 16 were com­pleted be­fore the re­main­ing nine cars were lost to a fire at the Browns Lane man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in

Fe­bru­ary 1957.

That pro­duc­tion run was com­pleted last year at Jaguar’s Ex­per­i­men­tal Shop in Warwick with nine cars hand-built to the ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tion as those made in 1957— in­clud­ing the 3.4-litre in-line six-cylin­der engine which de­vel­ops 262bhp. One of cars re­sides in New Zealand, owned by Auck­land busi­ness­man Michael Gil­trap and it’s on loan for next week­end’s event.

Chris Parker, Jaguar spe­cial­ist at Archibald and Shorter in Auck­land, is the “min­der/cu­ra­tor” of the XK-SS and he will give a pre­sen­ta­tion about the his­tory and spec­i­fi­ca­tion of car dur­ing Satur­day night’s an­niver­sary din­ner. The Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club (BOP) is one of 14 ac­tive Jaguar clubs in New Zealand.

PHOTO/John Bor­ren

Tony John­son with his Jaguar XK140.

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