What a day! My first Jaguar event in England. The Jaguar Drivers Club “E-Type Technical Session” held at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. The JDC is an “all models” club in the UK with a separate Register or sub-club for each major model group. This one, sponsored by the E-Type Register, was held at the magnificent British Motor Museum in Gaydon, near Coventry (ancestral home of Jaguar and not far from the home of Austin Healey in Abingdon).
The event, despite being held each year, drew a crowd of over 80 and was co-sponsored by SNG Barrett, purveyor of all parts Jaguar. The Museum boasts a superb conference center which even allowed us to bring three cars right into the meeting room (a good thing since it RAINED most of the day, what a surprise). The venue was only an hour from my cottage.
Starting at the very civilized time of 9:30 (after tea and crumpets), the headliner was John Burton, renowned XKE restorer and Club technical guru who enthralled us with 90 minutes of material covering XKE maintenance advice from fluids to tune ups to tires and wheels and on and on. He had two tables covered with parts and demonstrated each issue in detail. We could not get enough.
Even when he literally had to be dragged off the stage to the boos of the crowd to allow for another (sponsor) presentation, we were all primed for the afternoon session.
Thankfully the long lunch gave me time to tour the Museum, which is not overly large, but due to the size of the typical English car, allowed for the display of an awe-inspiring collection of all things Brit motor. Most I had heard of, but never seen (and frankly not missed seeing, the British made some horrendously boring cars). The Jaguar and Land Rover displays however were outstanding, JLR now being the primary sponsor of the Museum.
After lunch, another 60 minutes of John, again hauled off the stage against his, and our, wills, but replaced with an interesting presentation of new parts development at SNG and a most detailed presentation of XKE tool kit and accessories originality by expert Peter Ekin.
Lots of great stuff in the goodie bags, what an outstanding day.
Also, on the same site is the “Collection Center” where Jaguar houses most of the 500 cars they bought from a recent seller’s collection as well as overflow cars owned by the Museum. That will have to wait for another day.
Suffice to say that the JDC does it right and has enormous support around the country. I can’t wait for my next JDC event, a three-day weekend for the XK chapter.
Photos of the Museum follow. If you can, zoom in on some of the placards for more details.
The above car in NOT an Austin Healey, do you know what it is?
The only Austin Healey on display, do you believe it?