Classic Jaguar

Classic Jaguar

August - September 2021

Classic Jaguar aims to be the definitive celebration of this most iconic of British motoring marques. It will chart the historic journey of a car maker that started life in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company in Blackpool. The company soon evolved into a Coventry based manufacturer of sports cars. With a new factory and glamorous new models, Jaguar was flying from the 1950s onwards as it exported cars like the MkVII saloon and XK120 around the world and achieved huge motorsport success at Le Mans. Classic Jaguar magazine aims to relive these golden moments, looking back in time at this magical era for Jaguar, profiling the people, the places and, crucially, the cars that made the company what it is today. With its focus on the traditional, classic models of the past, Classic Jaguar will be the perfect complement to the comprehensive coverage readers can also enjoy in Jaguar World magazine.

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
USD 5.75
USD 27.62
6 Números

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3 min.
best start somewhere…

Well, how did this happen? In the last issue I read with eager anticipation about the new dynamic editor, imagine my disappointment when I discovered it was me! Editing a much-loved publication was never something I aspired to, believing talent to be a pre-requisite! I had asked Paul Guinness if he could possibly produce a slightly sub-standard parting issue, but his professionalism stood in the way of that cunning plan. Without Paul’s guiding hand, the issue you see before you would be somewhat poorer and happily, veiled threats of mild violence have ensured that Paul is going to continue to entertain us and educate me. By way of introduction, those of you with long memories and strong stomachs may recall my previous journalistic forays in our excellent sister publication Jaguar World. Others…

1 min.
design director, julian thomson departs

You may well question why we are reporting the loss of Jaguar’s latest design director in Classic Jaguar? It is our view is that each generation of designers from Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer all the way through to Ian Callum have created iconic models which are either now regarded as classics or will be in the future. Prior to Julian Thomson’s 21-year stint at JLR where his credits included the R-coupe and RD-6 concept cars from the early 2000s, he worked at Lotus for 12 years during which time he penned the iconic Elise S1 in 1996. These achievements alone gave us every reason to believe there were exciting times ahead as his vision for Jaguar became a reality. Upon hearing the news, Ian Callum ‘tweeted’ his disappointment…

1 min.
spares day at stoneleigh

After the inevitable COVID induced sabbatical, International Jaguar Spares Day returns to the Stoneleigh Park exhibition centre on October 24th. The ultimate indoor Jaguar car boot sale has long been as much of a social event as it is a retail opportunity, a chance to catch up with old acquaintances and generally talk Jaguar. Sadly, it is feared that the international element will be largely absent this year as the usual considerable foreign contingent will be highly likely still be dissuaded from travel. The last event was held on March 15th 2020 and was pervaded by a strange atmosphere, foretelling unnecessary travel being banned the next day. Only 400 souls ventured through the doors, less than a third of the usual attendance. Organised since 2017 by the Jaguar Drivers Club, the venue…

1 min.
v12 e-type reimagined

Irrepressible Jaguar enthusiast, Neville Swales took the opportunity of using Phillip Porters’ amazing E-type 60 event at the Shelsley Walsh to hand over the keys of the first iteration of his latest ‘E-type Reimagined’ project. The new owner was suitably overawed and obviously cannot wait to get behind the wheel. Those that have followed and admired Nevilles’ exploits will know of his XJ13 recreation, utilising one of the very few genuine quad-cam 5.0 V12 engines to have survived. From this, he was inspired to develop a modern interpretation of that engine, developed in the way, that had it been productionalised, may well have been used in high performance Jaguar product of the period. The visually stunning ‘Tera’ V12, available in both 6.1 and 6.8 litre displacements, forms the heart of…

1 min.
the return of breakfast club

After a pandemic enforced holiday, the immensely popular Breakfast Club returned to its usual Gaydon venue on May 22nd. This gloriously informal event, brilliantly organised by our very own regular contributor, Peter Simpson attracted a turnout of about 350 Jaguars of all eras. This despite Smartphones advising of inclement weather which never really materialised in the vicinity. This may have dissuaded some of the potential longer distance or classic (read: less weatherproof) attendees making the trip. The day was further enhanced by the British Motor Museum and JDHT Collection both throwing open their doors, having been able to reopen a few days before on the 17th. The BMM provided an excellent, socially distanced breakfast and it was the first chance most have had to inspect the awe-inspiring E-type 60th and…

1 min.
on track

After a sporadic 2020 season, the JEC returned to the track in April and May, holding four events at Snetterton, Silverstone and Donington Park. JEC Racing caters for a wide range of eras courtesy of its three series: XK, Hawthorn and Saloon & GT. Spectators were excluded, so here you can enjoy some images from those races. For full race reports, calendars and regulations, go to: For in-depth results and timing, visit:…