Jaguar Drivers' Club
Stand number: 2-710
ABOUT THE CLUB:
Since it was founded in 1956, the Jaguar Drivers’ Club has represented the interest of Jaguar owners in Britain and abroad.
The Club welcomes all owners of Jaguars, from the earliest classics to the latest models and the JDC’s membership reflects this – with pre-war SS100s arriving at our many, well-supported events, in convoy with the latest F-Type and E-Pace.
Area meetings all over the UK, plus several in Europe, allow members to meet up socially, enjoy outings with their cars and rallies and tours, at home and abroad.
The Jaguar Drivers’ Club still has the lowest subscription of any club dedicated to the marque, with online membership for just £36. The Club produces a first-class newsstand-quality magazine every month, keeping members in touch with the latest news in a Jaguar club that is often copied… but never bettered.
JAGUAR DRIVERS’ CLUB CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS DISPLAY AT THE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW 2018
1947 Jaguar 3.5-litre saloon – GVC 321
History: This car was built for Arthur Whittaker, General Manager of Jaguar Cars. Whittaker joined the Swallow Side Car Company as a salesman in 1923 at the age of 17, moved to Coventry with the company in 1928, and was appointed to the board of directors in 1935. The car is believed to have been a special build, featuring pigskin leather and burr walnut veneer.
A full restoration by David Davenport Cars was completed in 2002, although the rear seat back retains the original pigskin and the complete toolkit is particularly impressive.
In March 2017, purely by chance, Arthur Whittaker’s granddaughter, spotted the car listed for sale in a Historics at Brooklands auction. She fell in love with it and bought it only to discover a handwritten letter from her grandfather, proving that the car had been a Christmas present for his wife. The car is now back in the family, close to its Coventry birthplace, and is used regularly for countryside drives on sunny days. In the past 18 months, it has covered more than 1000 miles.
1952 Jaguar XK120 3.4-litre Fixed-Head Coupé – 669 XKK
History: This beautiful XK was built on 10 April 1952 and by the 23rd was on its way to Hoffman in New York, at which points it disappears from the records, although the owner believes it ended up in Florida.
About 20 years ago, he had bought 120 drophead with just 16,291 miles on the clock but had always wanted a fixed-head. As luck would have it, a restoration project turned up and although it looked bad – and turned out to be even worse – Tim bought it as the ideal companion to his drophead. The ‘dry state’ car even had sea shells in the front air scoop!
The owner set about stripping the rolling shell before sending it to the Grand Master of XK restoration, while he sorted out the engine and running gear before having the car re-trimmed and painted. It has subsequently won the 2018 XK Register trophy, earning it a place in the Champion of Champions concours, and it also won this year’s Stephens & George Trophy at Jaguar Drivers’ Club National Day in August.
1964 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8-litre manual overdrive saloon – AHC 177B
History: The owner was working in Newport, South Wales, when he bought the car in Usk at the end of 1989. The chassis, which was in a bad state, was repaired and the engine rebuilt in his Abergavenny workshop. However, in 1994 funds ran dry and the car was put into storage in South Wales with the intention of completing the work at a later date.
After several job changes, including two spells in Germany, and working past the age of 65, the owner's funds improved and thanks to his son’s encouragement, he attended the Jaguar Drivers’ Club Mk 1 & 2 Workshop, hosted by Dave Thorpe at Dovedale Garage, in 2014. Over lunch, the owner asked event organiser and Mk 2 expert, Bryan Mander to recommend a specialist to finish the rebuild and he suggested Dave Thorpe, who’s own Mk 2 had won Champion of Champions a few years back.
1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-litre Fixed-Head Coupé – OCD 689G
History: The car has covered 30,266 miles and has had three previous owners, the first keeping the car for 25 years.
The second owner was Antony Osoba, who has appeared in the popular sitcom Porridge, in Dr Who, Dempsey and Makepeace, Coronation Street, The Bill and many other TV series. He bought the car in 1994 and over the 13 years he owned it, he covered just short of 500 miles, selling it in 2007.
The third owner covered a further 8000 miles before selling it to the current owner in 2014, at which point it was taken off the road for a complete restoration, which took three years. Although the car was restored to an exceptionally high standard, there were a few items that needed to be changed to bring it back to original spec and the owner has done this over the past nine months.
The car won Best E-Type at Jaguar Drivers’ Club National Day at Woburn in August, earning it a place in the Champion of Champions final at NEC this year.
1988 XJS 3.6-litre Coupé – B8 NHB
History: The owner bought the car from a fellow Jaguar Drivers’ Club member 1998 for £8700. The car was first registered in January 1989 as F415 LKJ but the owner has changed that to his personal number, B8 NHB. The mileage was 33,805, the car had been well looked after and was in reasonably good condition for a 10-year-old vehicle. Over the 20 years the owner has upped the mileage to 64,000.
The car is still in its original Glacier White and has not been resprayed, although the sills and underside have been replaced. Its transformation from a pretty good car to a Champion of Champions contender came about more by accident than design when the owner went to a local JDC Area meeting and another members suggested he enter the car for a contest came second. The following year, the car won and this gave the owner the concours bug.
Since then, he has had the interior re-trimmed, with new carpets fitted and the seats re-upholstered. In 2004, the serious work began to bring the car up the Champion of Champions contender by a Jaguar specialist. Since then, the car has appeared at NEC in 2008 and, over the years, won various trophies.
Whatever the result this year, the owner says it will be his last major concours event – after 20 years of showing his XJS, he would like to retire gracefully to concentrate on enjoying the pleasure of driving such a wonderful car.
2005 Jaguar XK8 4.2-litre Coupé – S60 XKE
History: This immaculate low-mileage Coupé was one of the last built and the mileage is still under 10,000. The previous owner was a long-standing JDC member, who bought the car in 2012. At the time it had less than 2500 on the clock. The current owner bought the car in late 2015 and has maintained it to the same high standard since.
It is fully equipped, with CATS, Detroit wheels, Xenon headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control plus Super Sport Suspension and a number of other extras. The car is Silver and in showroom condition. It will be the first modern XK to appear on the Jaguar Drivers’ Club stand at NEC.
2005 Jaguar S-Type R 4.2-litre saloon – 2006 MY
History: This superb S-Type was first registered in December 2005 and now constitutes a ‘modern classic’ in the eyes of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club. It is one of only 147 ‘R’ models built that year and began life as a demonstrator before being sold a year later to its first private owner. He kept if for a few years before selling it to his father, who drove it mostly on holidays to the South of France. The current owner bought the car from him in April 2015 with only 26,000 miles on the clock.
Since then, he has added 10,000 miles, using it mostly at weekends in good weather and on a few trips to France. During that time, he has had very few problems and the only non-service items he has had to replace are the air-con compressor and thermostat. The car is otherwise original apart from the brake callipers, which he has repainted, and the wheels, which have been refurbished in the original Jaguar silver.
This fine S-Type is fully equipped with every extra including Radar Adaptive Cruise Control, one of the few S-Types the owner has come across with this option.