XK70 Event Report

Dakota DC3

Philip Porter’s XK Club celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Jaguar XK Sportscar Series and Engine in style over the weekend of 9th and 10th June 2018 at the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in Worcestershire with all kinds of special treats, including a fly past by a Dakota DC3.

Here is a mere snapshot of the event, seen through the eyes of Letitia Mace.



Pat Appleyard and Michael Quinn go up Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in NUB120

Pat Quinn (formerly Appleyard, nee Lyons) is re-united with the legendary three times Alpine Cup winner, NUB120 as her son, Michael Quinn opens the hill for the afternoon sessions at Shelsley Walsh.


Raffle car

The JEC attended the event with this year’s prize draw car, a stunning Jaguar F-type convertible in Salsa Red, which Dave Nursey (Clerk of the Course) very kindly allowed us to take up the hill as he did with our XK convertible prize draw car last year!

Jaguar F-type


This time, Dave took me up the hill to ‘the S’s’ so that I could take some photos of the F-type on the hill, and then he allowed Rob Jenner the enviable privilege of driving the F-type up the hill himself!

Jaguar F-type


Many thanks must therefore go to Dave Nursey and the course commentator, as this alerts visitors to the charity and the opportunity of buying raffle tickets for a chance to win this stunning F-type convertible.

This year the JEC are supporting The Macular Society



There was plenty to see on the day with many trade stands, including CKL, CMC, Eagle E-types, GB Classic Trim, Lister, Lynx, SNG Barratt, and Twyford Moors, among others.

These were all arranged around a central marquee where entertainment included a fashion show and an interview with Pat and Michael Quinn, hosted by Philip Porter. This, I believe, was unique!

Philip Porter interviews Pat Appleyard and Michael Quinn at Shelsley Walsh, XK70


Jaguar Celebrities and Enthusiasts

Pat Appleyard and Michael Quinn Michael Quinn with his Mum, Pat Quinn (formerly Appleyard, nee Lyons)
Pat Appleyard and Michael Quinn Michael had driven his mother to the event in an immaculate ex-Creamer demonstrator
Letitia Mace with Pat Quinn (formerly Appleyard, nee Lyons) I felt very privileged when Michael Quinn offered to take a picture of me with his Mum.
Rob Jenner and David Nursey Rob Jenner and Dave Nursey (Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Clerk of the Course)
John Butterworth and Rob Jenner John Butterworth chats with Rob Jenner in the paddock
Charlie and Chris Sturgess with Michael Quinn Left to right: Charlie Sturgess, Chris Sturgess and Michael Quinn
Letitia Mace at Shelsley Walsh with Charlie and Chris Sturgess and Michael Quinn Again, I was privileged to be included in this rare photo of 2 of the most historically important Jaguar Main Dealer Principals, Chris Sturgess and Michael Quinn
Rob Jenner, Jonathan Partridge, Tony O'keeffe and Keith Helfet at Shelsley Walsh for XK70 Rob Jenner, Jonathan Partridge, Tony O’keeffe and Keith Helfet
Letitia Mace with Norman Dewis at XK70, Shelsley Walsh Letitia Mace with Norman Dewis
Rob Jenner with Norman Dewis Rob Jenner with Norman Dewis
Peter Baker, Norman Dewis and Rob Jenner Norman and Rob are joined by Peter Baker from Retrospeed
Norman Dewis and Paul Skilleter A busy day for Norman Dewis, who hasn’t been too well recently. Here he catches up with longterm friend, Paul Skilleter
Julian Barratt, Tony O'keeffe and Norman Dewis at XK70 ……. before being whisked away by Tony O’keeffe, but not without a farewell from Julian Barratt of SNG Barratt


Renowned Cars

NUB120 and LWK707 Jaguar Heritage had brought 2 very famous Jaguar XK120’s to the event. Sitting side by side in the paddock were NUB120 (3 times Alpine Cup winner) and LWK707 (7 days and 7 nights running constantly at Montlhery)
Rob Jenner and the last Daimler DS420 Limousine The last DS420 produced was also brought to the event by Jaguar Heritage as this car was powered by the last 6 cylinder XK engine to leave the Browns Lane production line.
Jaguar E-type 9600HP 9600HP takes a run up the hill
Jaguar E-type 9600HP and CRY848 Two very important E-types, both belonging to Philip Porter, parked together in the paddock at Shelsley Walsh
Jaguar D-type XKD603 Here’s a car we haven’t seen since the Edinburgh Concours of Elegance at Holyrood House in September 2015 …..
Jaguar D-type XKD603 Where Clive Beecham invited us to sit in his famous D-type XKD603 – the 1956 Works and Ecurie Ecosse long nose D-type
Jaguar D-type XKD603 Clive Beecham’s ‘XKD603’ has an enviable track record, is totally original and was recently featured in Jaguar Magazine


Thanks to Philip Porter, Julie Porter, Louise Gibbs and all the team at XK Club for putting on an absolutely splendid event. The atmosphere was tremendous!

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