Brucie’s Diary: November 2017


Current mileage: 172,279

NEC Classic Motor Show – 10th, 11th and 12th November 2017

The show was undeniably a huge success for the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club this year, and the Events Chairman, Ray Searles, summed it up as follows:

The crowds around our stand suggest that we have moved into a different league compared to other clubs. For myself I was particularly struck by the number of children on the stand taking videos and photos of the C-X75 and the XJ220, and whilst they are not going to become members in the short term, if we can find a way to continue to engage that audience in future presentations that can only be a good thing for us long term.

 

As part of the JEC Events Team, Rob and I would usually arrive at the NEC early on the morning of set-up day, having driven down from Scotland the day before. This year, our local car club had arranged for Ben Smith, one of the Jim Clark Room Trustees, to do a presentation on the aims of the Jim Clark Trust  which took place on the evening of Wednesday  8th November, so we drove part way after the presentation in Melrose, and finished the journey on the morning of 9th November, reaching the NEC at 1pm.

As a club, we had put our heads to together with a view to stretching ourselves and building on the success of our Windsor event. What we came up with was a Jaguar Supercar themed stand, first proposed by Colin Manconi.

 

Jaguar XJ220 on turntable Our 5 featured Jaguar supercars arrived on Thursday morning, and with the aid of a turntable supplied by Movetech UK ………

 

Picture courtesy of Colin Manconi

Jaguar XJ220 ….. we featured a revolving silver XJ220 as our centre piece. The original prototype was silver. The production car we featured was one of the last produced and was driven to the event from Cardiff, by proud owner Colin Manconi.
Keith Helfet and Jim Randle with Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace had invited Jim Randle (designer of the XJ220) and Keith Helfet (XJ220 stylist) to reveal the XJ220 to the public, just as they had in 1988.

Picture courtesy of Colin Manconi

Jaguar XJ220, Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Rob Jenner Behind the scenes, Michael Manconi of Trendy Design and Patch Jobson of Blackstar Leisure had put a lot of work into providing backdrops and videos, recreating the suspense as the moment approached for the reveal.

Picture courtesy of Colin Manconi

Crowds gather and the excitement builds as we await the moment of the reveal ….. Jaguar XJ220, Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Rob Jenner and Colin Manconi
Almost there, as the feature video reaches the end and counts down 10, 9,8,7 …… Jaguar XJ220, Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Rob Jenner and Colin Manconi
Jim Randle and Keith Helfet fold back the covers ……  Jaguar XJ220, Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Rob Jenner and Colin Manconi
 …… to reveal the Jaguar XJ220  Jaguar XJ220, Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Rob Jenner and Colin Manconi
The audience were then invited to ask questions and Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Colin Manconi were interviewed by Rob Jenner, who did the commentary. Jaguar XJ220, Jim Randle, Keith Helfet and Rob Jenner and Colin Manconi
 Jaguar XJ220 autographed by Jim Randle and Keith Helfet After the reveal, Colin asked Jim Randle and Keith Helfet if they would autograph the inside of the bootlid of his XJ220, which they willingly agreed to do!

 

Picture courtesy of Colin Manconi

Norman Dewis, Keith Helfet, Colin Manconi and Jim Randle Jaguar’s retired Chief Tester Driver, Norman Dewis joined us on the JEC stand for the reveal, and later relaxed and chatted with Keith Helfet, Colin Manconi and Jim Randle, over old times no doubt!
OTHER EXHIBITS
Jaguar XK - 2017 JEC Raffle car The JEC raffle car, an XK convertible, was on display to encourage visitors to enter the raffle before the draw at 4pm on Sunday, and was won by Ian Handford.

Although stunning in its own right, it was truly over-shadowed by the exotica on the stand.

Lindner Nocker Lowdrag Lightweight E-type The Lindner-Nocker lightweight low drag E-type, was rebuilt by CMC and loaned to the JEC by CMC for the show.
Jaguar C-X75 The Jaguar C-X75 – one of only 6 prototypes built, and the only one of the six to be fully trimmed – this unique car was loaned to the JEC by Jaguar Heritage.
Jaguar XJR-12D Endurance Racer The 1993 Jaguar XJR-12D Group C endurance racer was loaned to the JEC by Don Law Racing.
Jaguar C-type This stunning Jaguar C-type was loaned to the JEC by Twyford Moors.
Peter Purdom (ex-JEC Chairman) left, and Dr Ralph Speth (CEO Jaguar Land Rover) right, at the JEC Prize Draw November 2017 All in all a fitting end to what has been a hugely successful year for the JEC. The club raised more money for The Prince Philip Trust than for any other charity (bar one) that it has supported in its entire history! The winning ticket was drawn by Dr Ralph Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO (pictured right).
Winners of Classic and Sportscar Award for Best Event 2017 The icing on the cake for the JEC was winning the Classic and Sportscar Award for the Best Club Show/Event of 2017 which was presented by Ant Anstead to Helen Hodgson, Mike Horlor, Rob Jenner and Letitia Mace on behalf of the JEC at the Awards Dinner.

 

Classic and Sportscar Award for Best Event 2017 For me, this is particularly pleasing as it was the direct result of a conversation between Andrew Panter (Brucie’s first owner) and Letitia Mace. Without that conversation the event would never have come about!

Thankyou Andrew, for giving Jaguar owners such an amazing opportunity!

Picture courtesy of Helen Hodgson