I was on gate duty at the JEC Northern Day, Ripley Castle, one week after the 30th Anniversary of the XJ40 at Dunkeld. As the Jaguars streamed in, a stunning JaguarSport 3.6 XJR caught my eye. I went across to the driver and told him how gorgeous I thought his car was and that it should have been at Dunkeld! He looked rather upset and admitted that he was very disappointed not to have been able to make it.
Later that day, I spotted the same car on the field and pointed it out to Rob Jenner. “You like that car?” he asked “Well go and take a closer look!” Wondering what I might find, I eventually discovered from the list of owners displayed on the windscreen that it was yet another ex-Jenner car ….. It truly is a stunner, and with my passion for the 3.6 XJ40’s I am very sad that I missed it, but the feature below is the result of that meeting.
XJR Returns to its Spiritual Birthplace
by Jon Skinner
It’s the winter of 1986, TWR and Jaguar have just had a good full year back in the World Sportscar Championship, I’m sat at my uncle’s house and he says, “you should come to Le Mans with us” and that as they say is where it all started. I duly went to Le Mans in 1987, and 88, and 89 (you get the picture?) and have been going since.
Two years ago I found myself in that situation you dream of as my best friend said, “do you want my Jag?”, not any old Jag but a 1989 3.6 Jaguarsport XJR in pretty good nick too.
As we got to the outskirts of Le Mans itself our convoy dissolved and we went our separate ways. We were heading to our digs, not far from Tertre Rouge.
Friday was spent watching all of the different classifications qualifying. A highlight was Andy Wallace putting a beautiful 1955 Gold D type on pole for the 1949-1956 classification.
Saturday was up early ish, breakfast with our hostess and off to the supermarket for provisions.
We go to the village of Arnage for a little light entertainment and a meal before coming back round the circuit and getting the money shot. (above)
Monday we set off at the unearthly hour of 5am to allow us to catch the morning ferry back to ‘Blighty’ from Caen.
|The overall round trip was 882 miles, total driving time 19 hours and an average mpg of 27.1. It was only on returning home and looking back on another fantastic Le Mans weekend that we realised just how graceful the trip had been and how the car swept along effortlessly, making the trip all the more spectacular.|