Technical

My Return To Motor Sport’s Circuits Of Competition

Part 9 Circuit de Pau, Pau, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France. Pau City is 125km/77½ miles to Biarritz in the west, 199km/123½ miles to Toulouse in the west-northwest and 89km/55 miles to Candanchu, Spain to the south. It is situated at the northern margin of the Pyrenees...

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XKSS Jaguar In Tauranga

Following Jaguar’s withdrawal from competition at the end of the 1956 season, a number of completed and partly completed D-Types remained unsold at the Browns Lane factory. In an attempt to recoup some of the investment made in building these unused chassis, and to...

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Two Of A Kind

E1A and E2A The world was surprised when the Jaguar E Type was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. The gathered journalists were prepared for the usual predictable showing, but were absolutely staggered by the appearance of a car they had no idea existed,...

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Smith’s Automotive Instruments

One of my more ‘memorable moments’ on our visit to England, Wales and France last September/October was to track down the current manufacturer of Smith’s Automotive Instruments. The firm is: Caerbont Automotive Instruments Ltd, Unit 1, Caerbont Industrial Estate,...

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Tyre Talk – Part 2 (Saving Money)

Pressure – or lack of – is the biggest factor in getting value from our tyres. At the moment air is free – until the Government finds a way of charging / taxing us for the use of. So, there’s no excuse for not using plenty of it. Rolling resistance is the main issue...

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The Price Of Fuel And A Latte

Since buying our Jaguar and joining the Jaguar Drivers Club two years ago, Sandra and I have found enjoyment with stopping regularly on our own, non-club run journeys around the country at cafes we have not previously visited; something we have seldom done previously...

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Art of Performance

Gaylene and I arrived at the Claudelands Event Centre on a beautiful mid-October afternoon. We were greeted with lunch and drinks, prior to a brief presentation from Duncan & Ebbett and the crew running The Art of Performance Tour, explaining how the event ran and...

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All You Need To Know About Your Car Battery

With the ever-changing technology in the automotive industry, you need to ensure that you have the correct battery to keep your car functioning properly. Most batteries are 12 volts, however a car battery’s Ampere Hours (A/Hrs), Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) and reserve...

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My Return to Motor Sport’s Circuits of Competition

Part 8 Nurburgring circuit, Nurburg, Germany. The circuit is 60.8km/38 miles from Koblenz, 77.4km/48 miles from Bonn and 138.6km/86 miles from Aachen. A nearby town well-worth visiting, if only for excellent restaurant meals, is Adenau (10km/6.2 miles). During...

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Tyre Talk (Part 1)

General Thoughts / Random Observations The perfect tyre has not yet been invented and probably never will be as shortly we’ll be hovering from A to B in our electric drones. Just how I’m going to get the boat and camping gear to the beach I’m not sure!! Tyre design is...

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The Michelotti Jaguars

Firstly a 1955 XK140SE Michelotti Barn Find Experts could not believe it when a Jaguar XK140 with a Michelotti body was found in a barn of a deceased Belgian car collector. The car belong to Mr Schepens, who was a coach builder, in the town of Ghent. It is one of only...

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A Travel Log

Many of you have travelled the world so this may interest you and I am sure you will have your own tales to tell. On one of our first trips to Europe we found ourselves, without any real intention, visiting many renowned sites associated with both the World Wars. We...

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My Return to Motor Sport’s Circuits of Competition

Part 6 Where the anecdotes are of a derogatory nature I have chosen to omit the name of the perpetrator. It should be noted I rarely if ever own up to making any mistakes myself! I am uncertain which racing circuit we were bound for in respect of two of my reminisces...

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The first XJ6 in Australia now lives in Katikati

The tortuous tale of just how difficult it was to acquire the first XJ6 on Australian roads, and why it is now in Katikati. You've heard it before, I've got (or had) the first 'something' Jaguar that ever came into the country'. Proving that to be a fact is another...

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Stirling Moss

When I was a young lad, Stirling Moss was my hero. My interest was first sparked by a book entitled “Stirling Moss’s book of Motor Sport.” There has been so much written about this man I do not presume to cover even a small part of his amazing deeds. In my library...

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