Technical

My Return to Motor Sport’s Circuits of Competition

A Monthly Series - Part 12 I met Tony Ditheridge in this or that paddock on any number of occasions. He raced a 1958 single seater, mid-engined (straight 4, twin overhead camshaft, 1964cc Coventry Climax) ‘Cooper T45’. In business life he ran ‘Hawker Restorations’...

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One of a kind

Recently one of our club members, Bruce Jamieson, contacted me and said, had I seen the special vehicle that Duncan and Ebbett had on show. This stirred my interest, so I took my camera along to see what Bruce was obviously impressed with. As we stood looking at it,...

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Jaguar Bertone Cars

The Jaguar B99 was a concept car first shown by Bertone at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It was shown as a compact executive B99 version and a sports car version the B99 GT. It was styled more on the traditional Jaguars of the 1980’s. The B99 is 4,500mm long,...

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My Return to Motor Sport’s Circuits of Competition

A Monthly Series - Part 11 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. From the circuit distances by car are as follows: Liege City 50km/31 miles; Brussels 140km/87 miles; and Ostend Port 259.42km/161 miles. The N62 and N640 roads route into Francorchamps village...

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Mobile Phones in Cars

A short while ago, the Sunday Star Times newspaper has an article written by Damien Grant. It is entitled “How’s my driving? It depends on my demerit points” I quote; “I don’t usually pay much attention to speed signs. This flippant attitude earns me my share of...

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More Ramblings From The Workbench

Part 1, 2019 Early in November 2018 we set-off on Wednesday 7th for the Jaguar Drivers’ Club Lower Northland Rally to Whangarei via Orewa. That was the second month after our return from a European summer based at our French home. At Whangarei the JDC members stayed...

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Tyre Talk – Part 3

So Which To Use? This comes down to two things - assuming the size is locked in. Design / type and Brand. However, as normal, there are exceptions. Not all sizes are available in the different types and brands. For example, the tyres on a very modern vehicle...

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My Return to Motor Sport’s Circuits of Competition

Part 10 Snetterton Circuit, Thetford, Norfolk, UK. The track is adjacent to the A11 road and close by Snetterton Village. It is: 18.6km/11.6 miles from Thetford to the south-west; 35.4km/22 miles from Norwich to the north-east; 39.4km/24.5 miles from Bury St Edmunds...

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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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