International Jaguar Spares Day, October 2013, and oh what a difference compared to the Spring one, when only the die-hard Jaguar enthusiasts and traders battled against the snow to get there, and endured the buffeting winds, trying their best to push the snow through every crevice possible into the building itself, leaving traders trying to set up between the miniature snow drifts! I don’t think anybody stayed any longer than they absolutely had to in order to procure that vital part to complete their summer planned rebuilds and restorations! This time the weather was mild, but pouring with rain, making this indoor event an ideal excursion for the day!
I planned to meet up with JEC member David Stewart, whose Pre HE XJS was featured in the November 2012 issue of the Jaguar Enthusiast magazine, and who specialises in sourcing and selling nice examples of all Jaguar and Daimlers cars, from classic through to modern. David has an excellent reputation and is very fastidious about what he buys and sells. He is also a true enthusiast, owning two pristine examples himself, and has won Concours d’Elegance in the past, so this is the standard he works to. David is always seeking nice examples, so if you are thinking of selling your Jaguar, visit Hamiltons Jaguar or phone 01733 551000.
Despite an interesting assortment of Jaguars and Daimlers, covering several decades, and in all states of repair, nothing among the sales cars caught David’s eye, and although there were some very nice examples for sale, there was nothing to challenge Brucie so we both went our separate ways. I meandered around the trade stands, renewing old acquaintanceships, selling raffle tickets for the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club 2007 XK convertible prize draw Jaguar, and perusing the stalls for obsolete parts that might be useful as a standby for Brucie !!
Jaguar Heritage have a new range of merchandise in stock, so if you were not at Spares Day, take a look at their website, as you might find some ideas for Christmas gifts! I treated myself to a nice Ladies purse embossed with the old style Jaguar emblem. I would hazard a guess that they also sold a lot of umbrellas and waterproof jackets that day!
As usual, Geoff Adams was there with his impressive Adamesh trailer, which this year was in the middle of the back row amidst the sales cars, and made an excellent vantage point for taking photographs of the general hubbub in the great halls where this event takes place!
SNG Barrratt once more took a whole bay and embellished it with an E-type, an XK8 and an XK150, recreating the impressive display which most people missed at the March Spares Day due to the inclement weather.
Always imaginative in their approach, part of the comprehensive SNG Barratt display featured this complete IRS unit, restored and assembled for display at Spares Day, it attracted a great deal of attention. (picture courtesy of SNG Barratt)
This photo was taken at the end of day, after the crowds had gone, and just before clearing away, to demonstrate the effort and attention to detail put in by SNG Barratt in creating an inviting and useful environment for customers to enjoy and benefit from. SNG Barratt consistently create the most attractive stand at International Spares Day and this reflects their company policy of attention to detail and excellent customer services.
Back in the foyer, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club were doing a roaring trade selling raffle tickets for the 2007 Jaguar XK convertible to raise funds for Troop Aid With less than a month to go before the prize is drawn at the NEC, now is your last chance to BUY TICKETS at £1 each
Norman Dewis, dedicated to Jaguar and unperturbed by the weather, despite his 93 years, put many a younger man to shame by attending the event and spending the entire day resolutely signing books from Paul Skilleter for keen enthusiasts of the marque to read and treasure.
James Blackwell stood in as chief shop assistant for the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, while a replacement is found for Mark, our former shop-keeper. I believe the club are still looking for a suitable candidate, so if this appeals to you contact the office on 0117 969 8186
A successful day for me, and a very worthwhile trip, as I came home with several items which are no longer available new. An X300 under bonnet tool kit in very good condition (from Adrian Edwards, top lhs of above picture), a warning triangle from Grublogger (although this is the collapsible X308 version, but it will do for the time being) and the air conditioning vent from the rear of the centre console, which inevitably has always had the vents kicked out by the passengers of a previous incumbent! This one had the cigar lighter in situ, so I killed two birds with one stone!
The next International Jaguar Spares Day will be on 16th March 2014.
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