Brucie’s Diary: December 2013

Current mileage: 153,769

As we come to the end of 2013, here is a brief round-up of the highlights of Brucie’s Year.


March 2013

Chapel Cleeve Manor, Blue Anchor Bay, West Somerset on a bright Spring morning, full of promise for a wonderful year!


Who would have thought that this would be the scene, a fortnight later at International Jaguar Spares Day, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire – same car, different weather!



May 2013

It did get better though, and by the end of May when Nigel Webb hosted a special event to celebrate the life and work of Norman Dewis, the weather was glorious again! Some beautiful Jaguars were at the event, including many that Norman had driven and helped to develop over the years, but naturally, the star of the show was XJ13, proudly displayed in pole position, courtesy of Jaguar Heritage.

At the end of the day, as XJ13 was driven out of the marquee, ready for loading into the car transporter, I saw a photo opportunity before me – Brucie alongside the legendary XJ13 !!



June, July and August 2013

Throughout the summer, Brucie attended some interesting events, previously reported on in Xclusively Jaguars News. Most notable of those not recorded in Brucie’s Diary were:

Drive It Day (in Devon)

SNG Barratt Open Day

Lulworth Castle

Jaguars on the Barbican



At the end of July, Brucie met another famous Jaguar OKV 1 at CMC



And a few days later, Brucie was outside Coventry Transport Museum on the Piazza, in blazing sun, while the new Jaguar Gallery was officially opened. One of the first to arrive, and last to leave!

Brucie didn’t make it to Techno Classica Essen this year, but he was represented !!

And I was accepted as a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers


September 2013

The year continued with JEC Southern Day on 1st September



Just prior to this, Brucie was part of a small team of Jaguars at Yeovilton Airbase in Somerset. The other Jaguars included an XKRS and an F-type, and full details will be published in Xclusively Jaguar News in due course.


October, November and December 2013

The year remained busy right to the end, with the main events being Castle Combe Autumn Classic, followed by the Autumn International Jaguar Spares Day, where the precipitation manifested itself as rain this time!  Then the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, the Andrew Whyte Lecture, and the JEC AGM being later than usual this year, on 14th December.

Brucie made his final appearance of the year on a Christmas card, copies of which were sent to both of his previous owners. Having now received positive responses from them, I hope to briefly re-unite Brucie with them next year. Both are enthusiasts of the marque and still drive Jaguars! After stating that he has owned four Jaguars in all, Brucie’s second owner commented “……. no doubt your car was the best of the lot, for reliability and comfort!”

Brucie is looking forward to the new year, when he returns to XJK for a pre-MOT service, along with some cosmetic work, to be reported on in future issues of Brucie’s Diary.


Brucie wishes everyone who reads his diary, a happy new year !!