Brucie’s Diary: September 2015


Current mileage: 167,199

September was an interesting month because we had 3 events in a row which were all close to Edinburgh, and therefore we didn’t have to travel very far, for a change! The first was Holyrood Concours, followed the next day by Bo’ness Hillclimb Revival where we very nearly took P760NRW, but concerns about the weather forecast prevented us from doing so. Then finally Ingliston Revival, on the following weekend.

 

5th September – Holyrood Concours, Edinburgh
By invitation of Jaguar Cars, we entered our Jaguar X300 XJR Manual (P760NRW) in the concours of elegance and won our class! Previously reported on, the events of what was a very exciting day for us, can be seen HERE

 

6th September – Bo’ness Hillclimb Revival
Scotlands oldest hill climb, Bo’ness dates back to the 1930’s, and past winners with Jaguar links include Leslie Johnson and Jim Clark! Recently revived, it provides an excellent day out for lovers of motorsport, which I can thoroughly recommend. We attended with the JEC Edinburgh & SE Scotland Region (as spectators) and had a good turn-out of members and cars, and despite the forecast, the weather was glorious. Thanks to the hard work of Mike McCormick, the Scottish JDC contingent were out in force, over-flowing their allocated space, and also winning the prize for the best club stand.

One of the cars competing at Bo’ness was a Jaguar D-type registration TNG 756, a 30 year old aluminium recreation by Bryan Wingfield of XKD517 (TKF9), the car that reputedly launched the careers of Jim Clark and Henry Taylor.

After his retirement from motorsport, Henry Taylor, hankering after the car, tried unsuccessfully to buy it. His solution to this was to commission a faithful recreation of XKD517 (TKF9).

For this task he chose his former Ford Competition Department colleague Bryan Wingfield, who was already producing aluminium bodied D-type replicas using E-type running gear, however, the XKD517 (TKF9) recreation, bearing the registration number TNG 756, was faithfully reproduced in the original white, with the correct carefully sourced D-type running gear – a 3.4 XK engine, triple Webers and D-type cams, making it a very special Wingfield D-type recreation!

Henry owned the car for 2 decades, before it passed to a Swiss owner, and has now been repatriated to Scotland!

Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival

 

13th September – Ingliston Revival, Edinburgh

X358 XJR Ingliston Sept 16Our black X358 XJR contributed to the excellent mix of classic and modern Jaguars at the inaugral Ingliston Revival !!

This newly revived event is on the old track at Ingliston and was well supported by members of the JEC Edinburgh and SE Scotland Region, of which we were two. The highlight of the day for me was when Rob Jenner asked me if I would like to drive a supercar around the track!  There were 2 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560’s so we chose them, and were sent out at the same time, the only 2 cars on the track. The other club members rushed across to watch us on the track, possibly hoping to see a calamity, but rewarded by the sight of Rob trying to shake me off his tail!

Ingliston Revival

Supercar Drive Days

 

18th September – Esta-jane’s Wedding

XJ220 Wedding Sep 15 1

XJ220, Esta, Carl and photographer Scott Sharman – a moment in time, captured by Laura Draper

The marriage of my eldest daughter, Esta-jane Mace, to Carl Middling was a big event to a small number of people, maybe, but any true Jaguar enthusiast must surely agree that an XJ220 has to be the ultimate wedding car. It had been Esta-jane’s dream to be taken to the church on her wedding day in an XJ220 ever since she became a Jaguar Heritage volunteer back in 2006, so very soon after her engagement to Carl Middling I received the expected request to find an XJ220 owner willing to bring their car to Stoke! Rob Jenner’s Maserati Quattroporte was to be the back-up car, complete with its reputation for unreliability!

After servicing and minor maintenance issues referred to in the August issue of Brucie’s Diary, Brucie was stored at XJK ready for me to collect him the day before the wedding, where he was completely over-shadowed by the XJ220 and the Maserati! In fact, even the Maserati, which usually causes a stir wherever it goes, was also out-stripped by the XJ220 which was very kindly loaned to us by Jane Weitzmann.On the way to Stoke, the XJ220 was spotted on the motorway, and this rare sighting immediately went out on Facebook, so we knew the car was on its way!

We followed the XJ220 to the church in the Maserati, and watched as it turned heads, finally arriving at the church to find that the guests were still waiting outside to get a glimpse of the Jaguar supercar!

Throughout the day the XJ220 provided a focal point, and it seemed that everyone at the wedding had their photo taken with it as a background! Along with Esta-jane’s  dress, designed with the XJ220 in mind, I think it stole the show!

Dozens of pictures have done the rounds and appear on Facebook, but these (in addition to the one above) are my favourites.

Family snaps!

Scott Sharman Photography

JHW Classics

 

23rd September – JEC Warwickshire & N. Oxfordshire Region

23rd September saw us back in the Midlands for Rob’s talk at the JEC Warwickshire & N. Oxfordshire regional group. This was an interesting one for Rob as The Granville Arms, the pub where the group hold their meetings, is one of Rob’s old haunts from his youth, and he was able to relate lots of stories about when he lived in the area!

A splendid evening among Jaguar owners and JEC members, which we thoroughly enjoyed and for which we would like to thank the Warwickshire & N Oxfordshire JEC members for their company and generous hospitality.

Rob Jenner at JEC Warwickshire & N Oxfordshire Region A rather animated Rob Jenner, seen here typically with beer in hand, giving one of his enthusiastic talks to the Warwickshire and N. Oxfordshire JEC Region

 

24th September – JEC West Midlands Central Region

Sandwiched between yesterday evenings’ talk and our trip to North Wales for JEC Western Day, Rob had another talk lined up at the West Midlands Central Region who meet at the Hampstead Social Club. Still not far from ‘home’ Rob was again able to tell some interesting stories from his past that the ‘locals’ could relate to!

A splendid evening among Jaguar owners and JEC members, which we thoroughly enjoyed and for which we would like to thank the West Midlands Central JEC members for their company and generous hospitality.

 

27th September – JEC Western Day, Bodelwydden

We arrived at Bodelwydden on Friday the 25th, ready for set up on Saturday 26th September. I had been tasked by the JEC with not only finding all the XJS’s for the Timeline, but also for marking out the parking area, and marshalling in all the cars on the day of the show. Added to this, Rob Jenner (my partner, and JEC Chairman) had been given the job of assisting me in this – a real test of our relationship, which happily we passed!

Sunday 27th was the show day, so we were out on the field for 8am, ready to catch any early arrivals. While I stood at the top of the XJS Timeline, Rob did a tremendous job of marshalling all the XJS’s into their allocated spaces, which was by far the hardest job, as he was running up and down the field, depending on where the cars were to go, and ensuring that they were all centrally parked in their correct space!

The full report on the XJS Timeline can be seen HERE

A special thankyou to Pascal Mathieu who drove his Lynx Eventer to Bodelwydden from Belgium, and persuaded several owners of Eventers and other unusual XJS’s, some also from Europe, to join in the Timeline.

Lynx Eventer Register

I would also like to add my personal thanks to Rory Mackinlay who, at my request, took his XJS to Bodelwydden, which is probably the longest journey the car has ever been on – it is a genuinely low mileage car in remarkable original condition, cherished by Rory, an ex-Jaguar technician. Rory owns several XJ40 Majestics in equally pristine condition, which he hires for weddings and other special occassions, under the name of Double Six Limousines – his wife also makes the most divine Scottish shortbread!

Double Six Limousines

Chrystal’s Shortbread

Although the whole of 2015 has been fabulous, this has been the best month so far, and the first (and possibly only!) time that three different supercars have been involved in Brucie’s Diary, namely the Jaguar XJ220, Maserati Quattroporte and Lamborghini Gallardo !!