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A ROUND-UP OF NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGIONS


IN JUNE I ARRANGED a Club stand at the Classic Car Show, Toddington Station on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway, organised in conjunction with the Friends of Prescott Hill-Climb. Twenty XKs were booked but only half of them turned up, perhaps due to a damp morning which thankfully brightened up to a fine afternoon.


A good time was enjoyed by those who attended, recalling the golden age of steam and benefitting from discounted tickets on the railway, which travels through glorious Cotswold landscapes. Also in June many XKEC cars could be viewed at the Coventry Transport Museum for Jaguar Super Saturday organised by our own Malcolm Humphries whose sterling efforts attracted an incredible


Peter Simpson


range of Jaguars from the SS days of the 1920s to the present day F-PACE models. Needless to say the XK was the dominant sight!


All models of Jaguar are also welcome at the monthly Breakfast Meets at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, which take place on the first Saturday of every month. The breakfast meets are fully supported by Jaguar Heritage who now store many vehicles from their collection at the museum and offer our members privileged access. There are often one hundred or more Jaguars attending these breakfast meets, with a


REGIONAL NEWS


WEST MIDLANDS Peter Simpson Email: westmidlands@xkec.co.uk


In the long grass: Classic car show at Toddington Station


high proportion being XKs, many of course drawn from XKEC ranks.


Calling all XKEC Members for a special event!


The main event to look forward to is on Saturday 1 October when again the British Motor Museum at Gaydon is the venue. We aim to gather together the largest ever display of XKs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the XK8. All XKs from 1996 to 2014 are encouraged to attend and create a world record spectacle but without the full support of XKEC members this will not happen. We are the largest and most active XK club and this is a major opportunity to make the voice of the Club heard to those XK owners who either do not know of us or are members of other Jaguar clubs.


So please come along, put an XKEC sticker and flyer in your windscreen (available from The Guv’nor in the Club Gazebo on the day),


sing the praises of the XKEC and ensure we have more XKs on display than any other Jaguar Club! In addition there will be tours of the museum and Jaguar Heritage will be displaying all the XKs in their collection including the first and last off the production line. The renowned Jaguar author Nigel Thorley will be in attendance to give a presentation about the XK. The cost of the event is at a reduced cost of £9 per person payable at the museum ticket desk on the day but if you plan to come to any future breakfast meets at Gaydon then if you pay the standard admission price of £14 adult (£12 over 60s) with gift aid you will gain unlimited access to the museum for a full year at no extra cost. Those who already attend our breakfast meets and have the yearly ticket will have free entry to this event.


● Please check the Forum events pages for full details or contact me at westmidlands@xkec.co.uk


Full English: Breakfast Meet at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon


2016 SEPTEMBER GROWLER 35


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