Jaguar milestone celebrated
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
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.
Tony Johnson with his Jaguar XK140.