Brucie’s Diary: June 2017

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More on Mark 1 Day 2017

I bought my first Jaguar in 2004, and thoroughly smitten with enthusiasm for the marque I became an avid reader of anything Jaguar, soon learning the names and history of people like Norman Dewis, but little knowing that one day they would be personal friends of mine! Other names that cropped up were David Marks, Rob Jenner and Nigel Webb.

David Marks, a Jaguar specialist from Nottingham who had rebuilt TOX 1 and developed the Daimler Corsica from a body-styling exercise to a fully engineered road-going car. Fellow Jaguar owners spoke of David with great respect, but living in Devon, running my Jaguar on a shoe-string and never having the chance to go to events I never expected to meet David Marks or be able to go to Nottingham to have my Jaguar serviced at his garage.

Rob Jenner was, at that time, JEC XJ40/X300 Forum Co-ordinator and became the first person I would contact by email if I had a problem with my Jaguar – JEC advice was free and accessible by email, and I knew I could obtain reliable advice before approaching a garage workshop. Rob Jenner quickly rose through the ranks of the JEC to become Chairman in 2013.

Nigel Webb, a well respected Jaguar collector with a museum dedicated to the life of Mike Hawthorn, a revered destination open to only a privileged few – years ago, I was told by a fellow Jaguar enthusiast that I had little chance of ever being allowed to see this private museum!

If anyone had said, only 5 years ago that one day I would be a rear seat passenger in an X358 LWB Sovereign listening to Rob Jenner (driving) and David Marks as they evaluated the best way to negotiate our journey, on a horrifically busy Saturday, from Nottingham to Surrey for Mark 1 Day at Nigel Webb’s home I would have said it was pure fantasy. But, there we were, with two Sat Nav’s in the car and traffic information by phone and radio. It was a brilliant journey, with everyone in very good humour, and aided by all the technology we made it with no hold ups!


Letitia Mace, Michael Byng and Rob Jenner at Nigel Webb's museum, Mark 1 Day 2017

Hi Letitia

Again, thanks for all your organisation for the Mk 1 Day. I did not receive an Attendance Certificate and would be grateful to receive this in due course.

Many thanks

Michael Byng

Picture courtesy of Roger Kemp (l-r) Letitia Mace, Michael Byng and Rob Jenner at Nigel Webb’s Mike Hawthorn Museum on Mark 1 Day 2017


Hi Letitia,

Thanks for sending over the link to the report (excellent!) and also for all your hard work in helping us Mk1 drivers to “get to the ball”. If I am truthful the last time my Mk1 made a journey of more than a couple of miles was to the last event!

all the best

Durran (Heslop)


Hello Letitia,

A slightly belated to yourself, Nigel and his family for hosting another brilliant Mark 1 day, we thoroughly enjoyed it and seeing such a large number of the cars (54 I think you said?) was great.

A really good talk by David Marks which was carefully aimed at all levels was much appreciated and of course what can we say about Norman Dewis, I wish I had his powers of memory!

Please pass our personal thanks to Nigel and his family, we walked over to find him but he was busy on the microphone towards the end of the day and we had to get back to sort our dogs out.

Please put us down on your list for 2019, thanks!

Thanks again.

Steve & Sally Lee


Dear Letitia

This is a belated – apologies – thank you for all your efforts which contributed to another fantastic Jaguar MK1 day. Siany, my wife, and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the only negative aspect being that other commitments meant that we could not stay for as long as we would have liked.

Do please pass on our gratitude to Nigel for again hosting the gathering and laying on such a generous welcome.

With very best wishes – Stephen Dismorr


Dear Letitia,

Thank you for the report on MK 1 Day; it was a fabulous event.

Tim Hudson


Thanks and acknowledgements also came from Mark 1 owners, Georg Dönni of Dönni Classic Cars who escorted several Mark 1 owners and their cars from Switzerland in 2014 and 2017, and Brian and Norma Devlin who first made the trip from New Zealand in 2015, and intend to return again in 2019.


The Mark 1 Register Album has now been updated with new pictures.



4th June 2017 – Thirlestane Castle Vehicle Extravaganza 2017

Rob Jenner and I took 3 cars from our collection - manual XJR, Majestic Insignia and early 3.6 XJ40

Rob Jenner and I took 3 cars from our collection – manual XJR, Majestic Insignia and early 3.6 XJ40


The BVAC Motoring Extravaganza at Thirlestane Castle in the Borders, is a huge event, and we were very privileged to have the 2017 JEC raffle car on our stand with club director Mike Young on tickets sales, ably assisted by Letitia Mace, and Fife and Tayside when the queue for tickets got rather long!!

We are indebted to the BVAC for allowing us to bring the car and display it and chat about the charity in the parade ring, where Rob Jenner took the car for a lap of honour. Just under £1000 was taken on the day.

Jaguar XK Prize Draw Raffle Car

Rob Jenner parades the 2017 JEC raffle car at Thirlestane Castle Car Show


We had 80 cars on display from various JEC regions, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Solway North East and Fife and Tayside, which resulted in a “Best Club Stand ” award collected by Edinburgh Region Chairman David Stoddart.

Thank you to all JEC regions and members who made the event a great one!

David Stoddart, Chairman of Edinburgh Region Jaguar Enthusiasts Club accepts the award for best club stand at Thirlestane Castle Classic Car Show 2017

David Stoddart, Chairman of Edinburgh Region Jaguar Enthusiasts Club accepts the award for best club stand at Thirlestane Castle Classic Car Show 2017


Future events we will be attending are; Scottish Jaguar day at Doune 1st and 2nd July, where the raffle car will make its second appearance north of the border, Almond Valley on 16th July, Duns Show 5th August, Ladybank show on 20th August, Bo’ness on 2nd and 3rd September, and the JEC Big Forum Weekend in Hull on 16th and 17th September.

On Sunday 6th August, Rob and I will be hosting the JEC Edinburgh Region Summer BBQ in the Scottish Borders where we will be throwing open the doors of the collection of Jaguars, Triumphs and Maseratis for all to see! If you would like to join us, please contact Rob Jenner We need names asap with a £5.00 per head non refundable deposit and a further £5.00 payable on the day OR before. We have 31 attending so far!



6th June 2017 – Solway Jaguar Talk

Rob Jenner and I both did talks for this region in March 2015 and we were recently invited back to each do another talk, which we happily accepted.

Rob Jenner giving a talk to JEC Solway Region

Difficult to photograph in full flow, as Rob is very animated when giving his talks!


To save repeating ourselves, this time I chose to speak about all the Jaguars I have owned in the past, and Rob found some new tales to tell about his life and career, followed by a Jaguar Q&A session.

Our thanks, as always, go to our friends in Solway Region for inviting us to join you for drinks and dinner, and hopefully, entertain you in return!

Our visit was followed up with the message below from Solway member, Paul Higgins:

‘Thank you both for giving your time so generously and coming to visit our region. The feedback from the members was so positive after you left – a great night.’


25th June 2017 – XK Round Britain Coastal Drive

My very first, long awaited trip in an XK120 is reported here in An XK Excursion


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