Brucie’s Diary: April 2015


Current mileage: 164,892

This month I took full advantage of the glorious weather – outside day on day, cleaning the Jaguars after their long winter slumber, hence a short but significant edition of Brucie’s Diary.

Brucie had one important appointment for April, Mark 1 Day 2015, which was fabulous, and although part of ‘Brucie’s Diary’  an event like this deserves its own report, which will appear in due course!

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Brucie’s first owner, Andrew Panter with his wife Tui and current Jaguar, which replaced Brucie

 

For Brucie, I think 26th April 2015 was one of the biggest days of his life – Andrew Panter, his first owner, was there and after most of the Mark 1’s had drifted away, I brought Brucie back from the ‘Jaguar Parking Area’ where he had been parked next to Jaguar Specialist David Marks fabulous Mark VII, and placed him in the main yard.

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Norman Dewis OBE (Honorary Patron of Xclusively Jaguar) with Brucie at Jaguar Mark 1 Day 2015

 

I then invited Norman Dewis OBE (Jaguar’s retired Chief Test Engineer) as Honorary Patron of Xclusively Jaguar, to sign Brucie, which I think is a first, and a fitting way to celebrate Brucie’s recent 18th birthday!

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Norman inscribes Brucie’s rear arm-rest with his much sought after signature

 

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Norman looks for my approval on the finished artwork

 

This was witnessed by myself, Rob Jenner (Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Chairman) and Michael Quinn (Sir William Lyons’ grandson).

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Michael Quinn (Sir William Lyons Grandson) with myself and Brucie at Mark 1 Day 2015

 

Michael then asked me if I had my service book with me as he recognised Brucie, and as it transpired, Michael Quinn’s signature appears in Brucie’s service book  for the 2 annual services he had at Creamer’s in the years 1999 and 2000.

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The page from Brucie’s service record showing Michael Quinn’s signature, from when he was Service Manager at Creamer’s Jaguar in Kensington

 

So Brucie himself has acquired an important signature, and I have realised that his paperwork already boasted an important signature!