Jaguar Track Day at Goodwood 2017

We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for this year's Jaguar Track Day at Goodwood, which is open to all Jaguars from both the classic and modern era.

Goodwood 2015: Photos

We were very pleased to welcome once again Tony Rogers from Grey2Black Photography as the official photographer at our Goodwood track day.

If you missed getting your photographs on the day, it's not too late to buy some: Send Tony your car's registration number (or distinguishing features) via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will be happy to assist.

 

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V12 Inlet Modification

I’ve included pictures from a recent area 1 visit to the West Country and Devon in particular. John’s V12 is shown at the bottom of a typical Devon hill with winding road and thatched cottages. It is this V12 that John has been working on subsequently improving the inlet manifolds. If you look carefully in the pictures you will see that the amount of metal at the top of the manifold has been greatly reduced, with the intrusion of the manifold bolts done away with, and a much cleaner shape around the inlet hole. John has carried out this work with the most basic tools and has achieved an excellent result, which should result in improved economy and performance. 

 

I’ve included pictures of the visit to Devon to show the team work when a Mark II needed fettling, and the Sherman Tank recovered from the sea after the awful tragedy which resulted in the loss of many American Service men as they rehearsed for D Day. The happy picture of John, his wife Susan and, hiding behind the shade, I believe Mrs Michael Byng, reflects the happier times we now enjoy as a result of the sacrifice of Allied Troops during the First and Second World Wars. In these troubled times, may we not forget the freedoms we so often take for granted, paid for by those prepared to pay with that ultimate price, their lives.

 

Abu Dhabi

John Burton was lucky enough to get tickets for the Formula 1 Race in this city and went out with other members of the Register. Whilst there, John came across a series II E type in the process of restoration. The car was located in the world’s largest Mercedes agent but unfortunately was not receiving the sort of expert attention it required.

The 3.8 block had been bored out to 4.2 i.e. plus 30 thousand, completely destroying the block in the process. You will notice from the photograph that the wiring to instruments has been fully exposed with all instruments removed, the owner wishing to convert the dash to a series I layout, with the old fashioned toggle switches.

 

John thought that this was probably the only E Type in Abu Dhabi, not that it was the only car of interest found on a tour of this particular garage. Under the layers of dust in the photograph, you will see a 20 year old Mini Cooper with just 732km on the clock i.e. 454miles. One is bound to ask what was the point of buying the car in the first place if that was the only use it was to receive?

Norman Dewis: OBE

I’m sure most of you will know by now that Norman Dewis has been honoured in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours. The Order of the British Empire – how richly deserved for all he has done, both for the testing and advancement of Jaguars, and his important role in the development of the disc brake. Not only did this innovation in brake design give British racing cars the edge over the competition, it has provided all of us with a far safer braking system that has saved countless lives and accidents, not only in Great Britain, but throughout the World.

All the honour must be Norman’s, but I like to think that it was here in the E Type Register that the first call for action on this subject was first made, but most importantly you the JDC members who took up the challenge and pursued the clamour for this worthy man to be honoured. We received particular support from Mark Styring and Derek Lloyd, who were incredibly pro-active in making representations about Norman. Derek I know made lengthy enquiries with the Honours Office, and I believe spearheaded the actual official representations. A huge thank you is owed by us all to these gentlemen for their time and efforts on Norman’s behalf. However, if it had not been for Norman’s huge contribution to the British Motor Industry in the first place, no amount of effort would have achieved this recognition.

We look forward to enjoying our friendship with Norman in the future, who has always been so faithful in supporting our various events. The moment Norman received the letter from the Queen was caught by John Burton on film, and that photograph is here with this article for you all to enjoy.

 

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