Nicholas Scarff with his Mark 1, affectionately known as Mabel
I don’t think anyone would argue that the vast majority of Jaguar owners are in their later years, so when someone young shows an interest in Jaguar, we all quite rightly sit up and pay attention.
While assisting Nigel Webb with plans for his last Mark 1 Day in 2019 I was contacted via email by a young man who lives in Australia. He told me that he owned a Mark 1 Jaguar and was therefore keen to travel to the UK for Mark 1 Day. His only regret was that he could not afford to have his Mark 1 shipped to the UK for the event.
Anyone with that amount of enthusiasm needs to be encouraged, but even more so when they are in their early twenties and represent the next generation of Jaguar custodians. Young people like Nick are very scarce and desperately needed in order to take Jaguar into the future, so we all looked after him at Mark 1 Day and offered to encourage him in any way possible.
Nick is 23 years old and lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He has grown up around Jaguars, as his father has owned two XJ12 Series 2s for nearly 20 years. Nick’s grandfather, who was born in the UK and moved to Australia in 1955, aged 15, also owned a number of Jaguars during his lifetime. Nick fell in love with the Mk1 when he was a boy and now owns a 1959 example which he is restoring. He also owns a 1983 XJ6 Series 3 and his daily driver is a 2005 X-Type 2.1 SE.
Next year, Nick is returning to university to study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). He intends writing a Master’s thesis on the history of Jaguar in Australia and how the marque has impacted the automotive scene. As part of his studies he is planning to return to the UK to do research at Jaguar Heritage as well as travelling the length and breadth of Australia to talk to Jaguar owners and club founders.
Nick says “I’d love to just absorb information about Jaguar to build my understanding of the company and to give context to their Australian operations.”
I have offered to introduce Nick to anyone who may be able to assist him with his thesis and he in turn will keep me updated on his progress.
If anyone reading this is of the opinion that they can help in any way, please contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org