Brucie’s Diary: December 2016

Current mileage: 168,642

Jaguar World Monthly - May 2012

When the last manual X300 XJR ever produced featured in the May 2012 issue of JWM, Rob Jenner had no idea that in 4 months time it would be his car!

At the time when the magazine featured P760 NRW it was the property of Jaguar Classic Parts. In September 2012 Rob received a phone call from Jaguar Heritage, who had noted his interest in the car, and asked him if he would like to buy it. The full story of the car’s history is related in “Chairman’s car wins ‘Classic of the Future’ at Holyrood Jaguar Concours of Elegance”


If you are interested in the X300 XJR, one copy of this issue of Jaguar World Monthly is currently available to buy from mag.seller on ebay. Picture courtesy of mag.seller (Xclusively Jaguar gives no recommendations, as this seller is unknown to us).



JEC South Wales Region Christmas Dinner – 3rd December 2016

Report and pictures by Colin and Michael Manconi

The members decided that we would try a new venue for JEC Regional dinner this year. The old venue had had a change of chefs and it was perhaps the right time to try something different.

We booked the Perrier Jouet Function Room (upstairs in La Marina) for Saturday the 3rd of December with drinks first at 7.30pm with the meal at 8.00pm.

We had terrific response for the dinner. Fifty of our members and wives attended and enjoyed the dinner and raffle. We always invite our friends from the Bristol Region as we enjoy going to their summer barbeque and it is nice to reciprocate.  When our JEC General Manager Graham Searle heard it was in the Custom House he and his wife Lynne booked even though he was going on holiday the next day. Helen Hodgson from Head office and Terry Dye our race organiser also attended.

Rob Jenner and Andy Webber at South Wales JEC Christmas Dinner 2016 The most surprising was Rob Jenner and his partner Letitia Mace. Rob had heard Graham and myself talking about the Custom House, I had booked the Function Room for a private party for Graham previously, and he always wanted to visit it.
Colin Manconi and Heather Webber at South Wales JEC Christmas Dinner 2016 Unfortunately he had booked his local Region Christmas Dinner before he received our e-mail inviting all members. He gave me a telling off for not inviting him earlier and I jokingly said “why don’t you do both”.
Rob Jenner and Helen Hodgson at South Wales JEC Christmas Dinner 2016 The next thing I know Rob had sent me their menu choices. The thing is, Rob and Letitia live in Scotland near Edinburgh! They drove 848 miles from Scotland and back just to have dinner with us! Rob, I hope the dinner was worth it?


We provided bottles of red and white wine for each table as a gesture of gratitude to all our members who supported us during the year. I am glad to say the proceeds of the raffle more than covered the cost plus a tip to the staff.

After an excellent dinner we held a raffle. Thank you to everyone who donated a prize to the raffle which included wine, whiskey, brandy, chocolates and car cleaning products. Michael also gave three large framed prints of iconic Jaguar Cars which were very well received. I think most people won something and enjoyed the fun.

On behalf of the members I would like to thank Tanny and all his staff for looking after us so well.

It was great to welcome many new and old members to our Christmas Dinner. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope to see you back next year.

After a few more drinks we said our goodbyes to The Custom House, who I believe had done us proud.



Visit to Jaguar Heritage – 15th December 2016

Jaguar Heritage Certificate - E264 OMP Having recently heard that Jonathan Partridge was leaving Jaguar Heritage, Rob and I decided that a visit to Gaydon was in order, to say farewell in person. While there, we also caught up with all the latest news on the heritage front, from Karam Ram and Faye MacLeod.


Finally, after 9 months of ownership, I got around to filling in the relevant form and applying for a Heritage Certificate for Opium (E264 OMP).




JEC Edinburgh Region Christmas Dinner – 17th December 2016

JEC Edinburgh Region Christmas Dinner 2016


The Edinburgh region of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club once again enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the Craigielaw Golf Club in Aberlady.

Many thanks to all those who joined us for a festive evening, and to Pauline Ferguson who provided an extra bit of Christmas cheer by bringing chocolate Santa’s for all the ladies to enjoy!

Seen at the table are (clockwise from left hand front) Marilyn Young Rob Jenner, Letitia Mace, Emily Steinberger, Pauline Ferguson, Ronald Ferguson, John Steinberger, David Stoddart, Mary Stoddart, Terry Young and behind the camera, Chris Richmond.

We start the new year off with our AGM, on 31st January 2017 at The Cockatoo, Old Craighall Road, Millerhill, EH22 1RY.



Details of our recent visit to GB Classic Trim will be in the next issue of Brucie’s Diary.



All information correct at time of publishing

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