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As your regional representative I will always strive to keep you up to date on all topics relating to not only our own South Wales Region but our neighbours and of course nationally.
If you have any information you think relevant, please feel free to contact me so I may include it not only in this column but also in the JEC South Wales Magazine and also possibly in our section of the National JEC Magazine.
Any dates, times and locations for shows and events are unfortunately always subject to change, so please do check with a member of the committee before travelling.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy New Year to all our readers and I hope that this year we have good weather to drive our cars more and attend lots of events. There is a new list of events for this year in this issue, please keep in contact to see which events we are attending as a region.
I attended the JEC AGM on Saturday 14th of December at the Castle Bromwich facility. The AGM is held in the morning with a break for lunch and then a Regional Representative Meeting is held in the afternoon. The day progressed very smoothly and I was on my way home by 4.00 pm.
In December we had our JEC regional Christmas dinner at St.Mellons Golf Club. This was well attended with over 25 members dining and enjoying the raffle and speeches as well as the excellent food. Two presentations were made after dinner. The first presentation was to Paul Cogdon. Paul is our resident chief at all our events. He cooks a very nice bacon roll for breakfast and a mean beef burger for lunch. Our second presentation was to Ruth Fisher for her fabulous chocolate cake which she brings along for desert to all our events. Thanks both.
Some of our members stayed overnight at the nearby St Mellons Country Club where they enjoyed the leisure facilities and also it allowed a leisurely drive home the next day.
On a personal note as some of you are aware I purchased a Jensen Interceptor last year to restore. Ok I know it is not a Jaguar but it starts with “J”. Anyhow once it is finished I won’t be keeping it as my wife insists that I have too many cars as it is. I have been using some of the firms who advertise in our magazine to restore the bodywork. Dave Gough of D.G. Services did the original work of stripping the shell to bare metal and priming it. Andrew Douglass of Glamorgan Classic Cars then did a superb job of preparing the shell and re spraying the car in its original dark blue. The re spray is outstanding and I don’t think you could have a better job done anywhere. I restored the interior using a kit from the Furniture Clinic who advertise in the main JEC magazine. The Jensen interior is all leather, over 30 pieces including the seats. The kit includes a colour stripper, a matched dye to recolour the leather and a sealer. It also has a patch and repair system for small splits in the leather. With a bit of patience and a lot of time you can restore a worn interior to almost new condition. New carpets were needed so I contacted Steve at B.A.S. International, another of our advertisers. Jensen use a Wilton carpet, different to Jaguar, so Steve gave me the name of a supplier and using the old carpet as a pattern I cut out the carpet and Steve had the edges bound and supplied all the fittings needed. More on the Jensen as work progresses.
I hope that all our members will utilize our advertisers as without them it would be impossible to publish this magazine.
We have lots of anniversaries coming up this year:
:: 60th anniversary of XK140
:: 50th anniversary of Series 1½ E-type (with 4.2 litre engine)
:: 40th anniversary of the end of E-type production (and Jaguar Heritage has the last one made in its collection, a commemorative Series 3 V12 OTS).
:: 30th anniversary of Jaguar Cars PLC being floated on the stock market as a stand-alone company in 1984 with John Egan as Chairman.
:: 30th anniversary of Jaguar winning the European Touring Car championship in 1984 with Tom Walkinshaw in the TWR XJS (and Jaguar Heritage has the winning car in its collection).
:: 20th anniversary of X300 XJ (launched in October 1994).
Another milestone that will be reached this year is the 60th anniversary of the D-type which made its debut in 1954. Jaguar Heritage is fortunate to own the very first D-type prototype, chassis XKC-401, which was registered on May 4, 1954.
I have booked 5 rooms at the Premier Inn, Harpole, for Friday and Saturday nights the 25th and 26th of July. If anyone else requires a room would they please contact me as soon as possible as rooms may still be available.
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