Car en­thu­si­asts sought for clas­sic re­vival

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­LEY TAN­TAU

For Dave Ingram, it’s only ever been a Jaguar.

The clas­sic car brand build his ve­hi­cles of choice. He has owned around ten of them over the years.

‘‘I bought my first Jag in 1982, and I’ve been around Jags ever since and have had a fair bit to do with them.

‘‘It’s the peo­ple you meet and the places you go. If it’s a Jag, it’s cool.’’

Ingram and friend Paul Cor­boy are want­ing to re­vive the Waikato Jaguar Car Club.

The Hamil­ton club folded 15 years ago, Cor­boy said.

‘‘I started off in Nel­son and when we came here, you hunt out the Jags. I’ve known Paul for a long time,’’ Ingram said.

He owns a Jaguar 1957 Mark VII M. He pur­chased it as a relic from Hok­i­tika more than 20 years ago.

‘‘It had a dead en­gine,’’ he said. But still Ingram man­aged to race with it.

‘‘I don’t know any­thing dif­fer­ent. It’s the only rac­ing car I’ve

‘‘It's the peo­ple you meet and the places you go. If it's a Jag, it's cool.’’

had, but I love it. I’d race it ev­ery week if I could.’’

He also owns a Jaguar 2000 XKR Con­vert­ible.

‘‘This is the long-dis­tance, roll out for a cruise, while the (Mark) is harsh on the road.’’

A meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 15 will call for a for­ma­tion of a work­ing com­mit­tee to help start the club up, Ingram said.

Then a trea­surer, sec­re­tary and pres­i­dent.

Over Easter 2018, there is a Jag Na­tional Rally in In­ver­cargill that Ingram is set to at­tend.

He is one of only four peo­ple in New Zealand who have at­tended ev­ery rally since the first one in 1982.

‘‘It’s a bit like a school re­u­nion,’’ he said.

Ingram hopes the club ac­cu­mu­lates en­thu­si­asm enough to get a con­tin­gent to­gether to at­tend the next rally.

‘‘We’re look­ing for a new gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple. We’re also try­ing to in­cor­po­rate women into it as well. It’s not just about go­ing to car sheds.’’

Cor­boy agreed. He owns a 1966 Jaguar S Type.

‘‘The young ones aren’t com­ing through. They don’t seem to be in­ter­ested in clas­sic cars any­more, and all the car clubs are strug­gling for mem­ber­ship.’’

Any Jaguar en­thu­si­asts, with or with­out a car, can con­tact stew­artven­ or hawk­

Paul Cor­boy and Dave Ingram are want­ing to re­vive the Waikato Jaguar Driv­ers’ Club

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