XK70 — CEL­E­BRAT­ING 70 YEARS OF XK JAGUAR MOD­ELS

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature -

It is 70 years since the gleam­ing power unit that was the first Jaguar XK engine pro­duced went on dis­play in the XK120 at Earls Court Mo­tor Show. This mile­stone was marked in style by the Jaguar XK Club of Eng­land at its XK70 cel­e­bra­tions in June. A num­ber of fa­mous venues, such as the British Mo­tor Mu­seum and the Jaguar Col­lec­tion at Gay­don, War­wick­shire, were in­cluded as daily vis­its. No­table Jaguar drivers who at­tended the XK70 cel­e­bra­tions were Pe­ter Sar­gent, Pe­ter Sut­cliffe, and Richard Attwood. Sadly, long-time Jaguar test driver Nor­man Dewis did not at­tend as, ac­cord­ing to fel­low en­gi­neer John But­ter­worth, who vis­its him reg­u­larly, Dewis was in very poor health. The week­end ended with a three-day tour through the Cotswolds, leav­ing from Chateau Imp­ney Ho­tel.

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