Glasto drive-in cinema

Watch fa­mous movies from the com­fort of a Jaguar XJ

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Chris Hope www.glas­ton­buryfes­ti­vals.co.uk

A brand-new fea­ture at next month’s Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val will be a unique clas­sic car cinema – made up ex­clu­sively of Jaguar XJs.

Around 50 cars are set to fea­ture, and all are ex­pected to be X300/X308s from the 1990s. Or­gan­is­ers have man­aged to find around half of the cars they need, but are still ac­tively seek­ing the re­main­ing cars, with just five weeks to go.

Among the films sched­uled to be screened dur­ing the four-day mu­sic event are clas­sics Blade Run­ner and The

Ital­ian Job - plus a cou­ple of car-re­lated favourites to tie in with the Jaguar theme.

All the cars al­ready sourced have been fit­ted with new bat­ter­ies and treated to fresh oil changes. In ad­di­tion, their rear wheel hubs have been adapted with spac­ers to help them to cope with Glas­ton­bury’s fre­quently muddy fields.

A pre­req­ui­site of the Glas­ton­bury Clas­sic Car Cinema is that the ve­hi­cles must be ca­pa­ble of driv­ing to the cinema site (which is re­puted to be lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the West Cam­per­vans field) and their stor­age lo­ca­tion, negat­ing the need for plant ma­chin­ery to trans­port each XJ in an at­tempt to keep as much of the venue in­tact as pos­si­ble.

Once the Fes­ti­val is over, the cars will be re­tained and main­tained for use again next year – a fur­ther pre­req­ui­site be­ing that the cars re­main in a us­able con­di­tion.

A se­lec­tion of the Jaguar XJs that will form part of the Glas­ton­bury Clas­sic Car Cinema.

This field will soon be full of thou­sands of fes­ti­val rev­ellers – and 50 Jaguar saloons.

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