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Jaguar Spares Days Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Jaguar Spares Days Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Next weekend, 15 March between 10:00 and 15:00, the Jaguar Spares Days will take place again in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Probably the most important date for all Jaguar screwdrivers among us who still urgently need Jaguar parts. The event takes place twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. The autumn date, due to the upcoming winter and the associated workshop time, is the more important one. More than 200 stalls offer everything from the rarest LUCAS relays to complete vehicles, from the beginnings of Standard & Swallow time to the rims of a Jaguar F-Type.
Until now, due to the current virus situation, there is no cancellation of the event, at least nothing can be found on the website. I am glad that one or the other of you should tell us about his visit here. For more information: http://www.jaguarsparesdays.co.uk
Bib Stillwell's Jaguar D-Type and Duncan Hamilton's Jaguar XK 120

Bib Stillwell's Jaguar D-Type and Duncan Hamilton's Jaguar XK 120

The new year is just awakening from its hibernation, as the first big auctions begin and with it the chance to acquire history, provided you have the necessary "small money". For us Jaguar crazy, two dates next month are very interesting. On February 5th, in the heart of Paris, at the feet of Napoleon Bonaparte, Place Vauban, the first large vintage car auction of the auction house RM Sotheby's on the old continent rises. With the lot number 171 a Jaguar D-Type "Shortnose" with the chassis No. XKD520. After its completion in 1955, his path led him directly to the other side of the world to Australia to his first owner the racing driver Bib Stillwell. Not only did the car compete in well-known races for many years and achieved some victories, such as the Bathurst Road Racing Championship in 1956.
The second event will take place on 22 and 23 February at Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth near Coventry, the first Silverstone auction this year at Race Retro 2020. Under the hammer, the legendary Jaguar XK120 OTS lands in its distinctive green with the chassis No. 660332, with whom Duncan Hamilton competed in his first races in a Jaguar, at the end of which in 1953 the overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans stands. We'll see how the two famous Jaguars beat each other and whether they get a new home. I'll stick to it and report again at the end of next month.

Just in time for the 80th anniversary of the Jaguar brand, the Jaguar Heritage Team has set out to celebrate arguably the most spectacular race of all time. Under the motto "18 drivers, 9 Jaguar Heritage sports cars, 1093 miles" we went to beautiful Italy for three D-Types, three C-Types, an XK120OTS, an XK140DHC and an MkVII. Many well-known stars from show business and racing were again among the drivers and navigators. Jodie Kidd, TV presenter and current host of The Classic Car Show on Channel 5, didn't let herself be there again this year. Her mobile base, a Jaguar XK120OTS, was affectionately named "Betsey" back in 2014.

The Jaguar Mk VII participating in the Mille Miglia 2015 with the license plate number 97 DMH

What is striking this year is probably the large, bearish-looking MkVII, where many spectators wonder what a family limousine has to look for on the race track. Far from it, this vehicle, which was also the fastest sedan of its era, has a presentable racing history.
Introduced in 1950 as the successor to the Jaguar MkV, the MkVII was further developed by Jaguar in 1954 into a weight-optimized "M" version. Ronnie Adams/Frank Biggar/Derek Johnston won the Rallye Monte Carlo in 1956. Stirling Moss also took the honours as a driver of this type. There's probably only one thing left to say: "Happy Birthday Jaguar".