Jaguar Spares Day Report: Autumn 2019

The Autumn Jaguar Spares Day was recently held at Stoneleigh on 20th October. We (Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace) were invited courtesy of the Jaguar Drivers Club, the organisers of this event. We met up for breakfast with Xclusively Jaguar sponsor, Gary Robinson of Swallows Racing. Due to pressure of work and other Jaguar projects, Gary had not been to Spares Day for a number of years and felt a little out of touch, so we took him round some of the stalls and introduced him to those of our friends who were at Jaguar Spares Day.

First stop, Paul Skilleter Books, in the foyer.

Here, I was able to introduce Gary to Paul Skilleter, Ian Cooling and Peter Wilson.

Gary purchased a copy of Julian Kirk’s 2020 Jaguar Calendar and I chose a copy of Jaguar from the shop floor’  by Brian Martin.

I have known Brian for a number of years – in the 1960’s he was requested by The Competitions Department to create and fit the wiring loom in XJ13. He was also responsible for all work to the loom during XJ13’s refurbishment.


Simply Performance offer differential refurbishment, among other specialist services. Gary noticed a picture of Tom Robinson’s race prepared X300 XJR on their display board and pointing it out, he explained that the differential had been refurbished by Simply Performance.

Having introduced Gary to John Butterworth, he went on to purchase John’s collection of Walkinshaw racing memorabilia.

Gary hadn’t met Jaguar Drivers Club Magazine Editor, Gaynor Cauter before and Gaynor gave an interesting account of working on her own E-type
We also introduced Gary to Bob Beecham, who organises the annual Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture
For me, this was the picture of the day, as Rob tormented Gary with a set of Jaguar X351 keys!


SNG Barratt

SNG Barratt were there in force, as usual, but this year, alongside the usual ‘pre-order and collect on the day’  facility, was a sealed bid auction (both pictured above) and an ‘autojumble’ where buyers could roll up their sleeves and rummage amongst the parts for those hidden gems!

If you look closely at the picture to the left, you’ll see Rob Jenner doing just that – and with success too !!

Pete Stant (star of ‘Parts with Pete’) was on hand, as usual, to give advice to SNG Barratt’s customers.
SNG Barratt’s sealed bid auction was for a tool box containing ‘Garrington’ tools, which I learnt from Sarah Kirby of SNG Barratt, are the preferred brand of tools to look out for when buying an early Jaguar tool box.


While Rob and Gary went off to view the sales cars, I had an appointment to meet up with Ray Tyler, a JDC member who owns a 1990 4 litre XJ40 Sovereign, B2 YEO. Ray purchased ‘Yeo’ from me in 2006 and has remained in touch. I purchased YEO in 2004, 40,000 miles from new, full service history and I knew both previous owners! YEO has been cherished by all of his owners (4 in total) and has now been in Ray’s ownership for longer than any of the others, at almost 14 years and has still only covered 71,000 miles!


Cars for sale

Catching up with Rob and Gary in the car sales area, I noted that there was a very good selection, from post war to present day and pristine to project.


Other Traders and Exhibitors

Seen here in conference, Smallman Hall are a new company, owned by Wayne Smallman, who worked for CMC for many years and is therefore used to working to exacting standards. If you haven’t heard of them before, you will do in the future!
Adrian Edwards, a Jaguar Spares Day stalwart, can always be found alongside the car sales area with his large stall overflowing with Jaguar literature, tools, models and used Jaguar parts.
Surrey based Jaguar specialist, Michael Ballard, offers a few parts for sale at each Jaguar Spares Day. Michael was the man behind the Grand Prix de Farnham


For next year, Jaguar Spares Days will be on 15th March 2020 and 18th October 2020

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