Great Evening last night and the first Gathering since Covid began . One or two Jaguars sporting Breakfast Club Stickers , is it me or is this Breakfast Club turning into more of a Classic Event ? I believe it is judging by the amount of Classic Jaguars attending . We are in the process of loading up some Pictures courtesy of Phil who understands the Technology better than I
Here they are Paul; add whatever captions you wish:
The Classic XK RS Sportsbrake , this one is tracked on a regular basis and the owner makes no apology for doing so . I have to salute him because it wouldn't be me I think its far too rare for that . I think it inconceivable Jaguar will ever build such a car again , in fact I have been saying for some time these belong to a Jaguar Golden Age .
The forgotten Jaguar the XF RS , I thought the condition of this car unparalleled but what sort of a Financial Investment is it ? Comparable German Machinery arent exactly rocketing in value and what Model recognition outside Enthusiast circles does this XF RS have ? I think it wonderful and a £50k car all day long in my book .
This E Type V12 2+2 belongs to a lovely local Enthusiast I met called Dave , he has had her from almost new and he still has the Henlys sticker in the rear window , It also has the rare factory fitted sunroof . Dave tells me he has an early flat floored E Type he bought as a project but until he gets shot of a 3.2 SLK Mercedes he simply hasn't the space to begin restoration on her . I asked him to take a look at my F Type V8 R on the basis that its the generic successor to the E Type and I was interested to see what he thought and if he made any comparisons . A typical Jaguar man he was absolutely entranced , its the Technology , you get blown away by how much things have advanced since 1973 . He tells me he is having one , you better give me back my keys Dave I said as that ones mine , half an hour spent talking and he was hanging onto them for grim death and I was beginning to get concerned
For the first time in a long time there wasnt a solitary XJ at Earls Barton , the Jaguars being contained to a couple of XF RS in the obligatory Blue though one was a Sportbreak ( Is Sportbrake Grammatically accurate ? ) a couple of E Types 4.2 Convertibles and a solitary V12 FHC 2+2 with a rare factory fitted sunroof . this was purchased new from Henlys by Dave in 1973 and has been with him ever since . Once again a solitary 4.2 XK an XK8 and my F type completed the Jaguar line up .
Sportbrake is just derived from the term shooting brake, a coupe type shape with an estate rear end grafted on. It is grammatically correct in this sense of the word.
That's a precis of a precis of the Wickipedia definition which is somewhat contradictory.
"Shooting brake is a car body style which originated in the 1890s as a horse-drawn wagon used to transport shooting parties with their equipment and game.
The first automotive shooting brakes were manufactured in the early 1900s in the United Kingdom. The vehicle style became popular in England during the 1920s and 1930s. They were produced by vehicle manufacturers or as conversions by coachbuilders. The term was used in Britain interchangeably with estate car from the 1930s but has not been in general use for many years and has been more or less superseded by the latter term.
The term has evolved to describe cars combining elements of both station wagon and coupé body styles, with or without reference to the historical usage for shooting parties."
To be truthful Phil I know all about Shooting Brakes how they were named and their place in Automotive History . In fact in the late sixties very early seventies Frank Dale and Stepsons did a healthy trade in repatriating these from India where they were used to shoot Elephant and Lions back in the days of the Raj . Without exception always Rolls Royce based I always wonder what happened to them after they returned to these Shores , all before Ians time of course