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.
UP THE HILL!
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
Jaguar Celebrities and Enthusiasts
|Michael Quinn with his Mum, Pat Quinn (formerly Appleyard, nee Lyons)|
|Michael had driven his mother to the event in an immaculate ex-Creamer demonstrator|
|I felt very privileged when Michael Quinn offered to take a picture of me with his Mum.|
|Rob Jenner and Dave Nursey (Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Clerk of the Course)|
|John Butterworth chats with Rob Jenner in the paddock|
|Left to right: Charlie Sturgess, 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|
|Letitia Mace with Norman Dewis|
|Rob Jenner with Norman Dewis|
|Norman and Rob are joined by Peter Baker from Retrospeed|
|A busy day for Norman Dewis, who hasn’t been too well recently. Here he catches up with longterm friend, Paul Skilleter|
|……. before being whisked away by Tony O’keeffe, but not without a farewell from Julian Barratt of SNG Barratt|
|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)|
|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.|
|9600HP takes a run up the hill|
|Two very important E-types, both belonging to Philip Porter, parked together in the paddock at Shelsley Walsh|
|Here’s a car we haven’t seen since the Edinburgh Concours of Elegance at Holyrood House in September 2015 …..|
|Where Clive Beecham invited us to sit in his famous D-type XKD603 – the 1956 Works and Ecurie Ecosse long nose D-type|
|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!
Visit XK70 for more pictures and an overview and what others thought of this event.