Current mileage: 146,861
Brucie at Newby Hall, snuggled between Simon Cronin’s X300 and Peter Purdom’s XJS. (picture courtesy of Nigel Thorley)
On 18th June 2013 Brucie and I set out from Devon on a “mini-tour” which would take us eventually to the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Northern Day at Newby Hall in Yorkshire.
Heading first for the JEC HQ in Bristol, where we had some boxes to drop off, we went from there to SNG Barratt in Bridgnorth to order the necessary parts for Brucie’s annual service, and then onto Newcastle-under-Lyme to let XJK know we had arrived in the area ready for Brucie to be serviced the following day. That same evening, we visited the North Staffordshire Region of the JEC at their monthly meeting, which is held at “The Bleeding Wolf” Scholars Green, Stoke on Trent, ST7 3BQ.
On Wednesday morning we were welcomed back by XJK, who gave Brucie a very thorough service, taking the whole day to make sure that nothing was over-looked, now that he is to be in their care. Details of the service will follow online shortly.
Following Brucie’s service, we went up over the Pennines to Boroughbridge in Yorkshire, and the next day we were off to Newby Hall. Those of you who attended this event will know that it was very successful, and we were blessed with the weather, which despite bad forecasts for the day, held off until we were clearing up, in the evening! A separate account of this event through the eyes of an events committee member will follow.
After leaving Boroughbridge and Newby Hall for the final time on the Monday morning, we turned roughly towards home, visiting Longstone Tyres in Bawtry, before heading west across the Peak District. A further visit to XJK (Newcastle-under-Lyme) saw some newly acquired parts, collected from Jaguar Classic Parts at Newby Hall, successfully fitted and it was time for the final stage of our journey, back down through Bridgnorth, where I stopped at CMC to arrange a test drive in an E-type (report to follow!).
I have never been to the Pennines or the Peak District before (possibly Brucie has with a previous owner?), nor had the chance of visiting so many of our well-known and respected Jaguar specialists, so it was good to tick them off of my list of “places to visit” – Brucie and I returned home to Devon, our mini tour amounting to approximately 750 miles.