Club members enjoyed a trip to the Jaguar Classic Works near Coventry, home to a range of Jaguar flagship models faithfully recreated to original specifications. The tour included a look at limited edition classic Jaguars, including the Series 1 E‑type and New Originals, such as the iconic Lightweight E‑type and legendary XKSS as well as Reborn vehicles, including the Land Rover Series I Reborn.
The brand-new purpose-built Classic facility is the largest of its kind and on hand to talk to members and guests about the Works was Kev Riches, the Vehicle Engineering and Classic Continuations Manager. Kev has had a direct involvement with the Jaguar brand for decades and was recently responsible for building the missing six factory Lightweight E-types, nine Continuation XKSS’s and now 25 Short and Long Nose D-type Jaguars, some of which were on display on the day.
Kev also explained the ties between Jaguar Heritage and the Club. Peter Read, Chairman of the Club’s Motoring Committee, serves as a Director on the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust whilst ex-Motoring Committee member Michael Quinn, the grandson of Sir William Lyons, is the current Patron of the Trust.
There was an added treat for members and guests as they were allowed to wander through the entire heritage collection which is housed in its own hangar at the back of the Works. Split over two levels, the cars ranged from veteran to vintage to contemporary and everything in between. Spotted by some of the members was a Range Rover which used to belong to HM The Queen, a Jaguar C-X75 which appeared in the James Bond ‘Spectre’ film, a Land Rover made to transport the Rugby World Cup trophy, the final ‘Hue’ Defender ever built, former SS cars built prior to the war, and many more.
Two tours ran throughout the day, one taking place in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Both tour groups enjoyed a light lunch in the Works.
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