Was it by chance that my first Jaguar was JCP?
Having successfully raised my family to the point where they no longer desired my constant attention, I took stock of my life and realised that my mission was accomplished and aside from the daily grind, there wasn’t really much else required of me. I needed a challenge! At this point we moved to a smaller house, so I decided to get rid of everything I didn’t want or need and become “Xclusively Jaguar” and in an instant I realised that I had just invented a new idea !!
Whatever Xclusively Jaguar is or becomes, my ultimate aim is that it shall be the best that I can achieve at that point, and like Jaguar Cars, it will always be reaching forward into the future with eagerness and optimism.
Now sponsored by Jaguar Classic Parts – an achievement which is part of a dream I never thought I would realise, I look back and remember that my first Jaguar was registered JCP – was it by chance or was it an omen?
Looking for a sensible family estate my husband Nigel and I trudged from sales lot to sales lot, frowning at uninspiring cars in equally uninspiring colours, until suddenly we found ourselves standing either side of a bright red XJ6 with no price on it. “That’s nice!” Nigel commented, to which I replied “If it’s nice we can’t afford it, and if we can afford it, it’s not as nice as it looks!”
A month later, getting desperate, we returned to the same sales lot to see if anything new had come in. The red XJ6 was still there, now with a price tag of £2500 which was just within our budget. Like many people, we had assumed that Jaguars would be expensive, so my comment this time was “I told you it wasn’t as nice as it looks!”
Another fortnight, and we were watching Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson happened to make the remark “The Jaguar XJ6 is currently the best used car bargain on the market!” Nigel and I just looked at one another, and the next morning we were back at the sales lot arranging a test drive and reassuring each other that you could definitely fit as much in an XJ6 saloon as you could in the average family estate car ….and we later proved it !!
I took one look at her registration number, J256 JCP and for some reason it stuck fast in my mind, although I had no idea of the relevance of those initials – Jaguar Classic Parts ……….so was JCP, as she was always known to us, an omen?
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