Report by Letitia Mace
I was invited up to Scottish Jaguar Day by Alistair Gruber and Terry McDougall, of Fife and Tayside Region, who were hosting this event. Initially dubious about making the long journey into previously unknown territory, I was finally persuaded after witnessing Terry and Alistairs’ enthusiasm to support JEC and other events. Terry travelled down to participate in Nigel Webb’s Mark 1 Day in April this year – a journey equivalent to the one I had to undertake, BUT most probably less convenient travelling in his Mark 1, as opposed to my journey in an X300.
Terry again supported my efforts with the JEC Jaguar Timeline, once again making the long journey down from Scotland to Thoresby Hall, and uncomplainingly taking the position of reserve Mark 1 Jaguar, and finally only making it to the Forum stand, as the Primary Mark 1 arrived safely on the day!
Companions, Alistair and Margaret Gruber, accompanied Terry and Kareen McDougall on these occasions, and this loyal band of JEC enthusiasts were the driving force behind Scottish Jaguar Day, so I was very happy to accept their invitation and support their efforts in return!
Scottish Jaguar Day was held at the Scottish Antiques & Arts Centre at Doune, and has an atmosphere all its own. It is one of those events you must add to your bucket list …..even if you can only do it once! Tie it in with a tour of Scotland, or the Shetland Classic Car Show – there are some amazing things to do and see in the far north of the UK!
The show attracted some real gems, from all Jaguar eras, but the ones which appealed to me the most included …….
This very early XJ40 Sovereign (VIN 500885) – very rare these days – built before Sovereign’s were specified with the chrome trim around the tail lights and the base of the boot aperture. The badging identifies it as a 3.6, as opposed to 2.9.
Another lovely car to grace the event, when it now seems hard to find any XJ40 variants, was this V12 version (XJ81) which went on to win the prize for the best car from the 1990’s on the day!
The JEC raffle car made its customary visit, and among the traders and exhibitors, were Pentland Jaguar and Taggarts, so visitors could enjoy the thrilling sounds of an F-type and other new Jaguar models! There was even a raffle to win an F-type for a weekend! All in all, a very interesting day out!
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All information correct at time of publishing.