Meeting Report 27-June-18

It was 23 degrees centigrade, with the sun shining down the Lee valley towards us in the Kingsley Hotel on the last Wednesday in June. All the doors were open in the hotel to keep things cool, and there was a lazy, summery atmosphere that suited our mood. I’m just recording all of this now, because chances are in a week we won’t be able to believe that we actually had a summer…

We had a few things to talk about:

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New Jaguar XK

Plans to relaunch the Jaguar XK are gathering momentum, with the firms head of product strategy confirming that it is working on a proposal for a whole family of sports cars. Reintroducing a 2+2 seater is believed to be favored by Ian Callum to complement the 2 seater F Type. A launch date is unlikely before 2021.

National Jaguar Weekend Event Report 5th and 6th May 2018

IMG_1370On Friday the 4th May we set off on our trip to Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Larry & Bernie in their newly restored XK120 FHC and myself and Miriam in the MK2 stopping at Slane and Newgrange on our way up. We arrived at the Silver Birch Hotel about 5pm. The National Day itself doesn’t officially start until the Saturday but quite a few cars were already in situ. Shortly after arriving I was told of the sad passing of our dear friend Bertie Baird who we have known ever since the first meeting many years ago from when we first established contact with the Jaguar Drivers Club Area 30. His funeral had only taken place the previous day and sadly I was unaware that Bertie had died. Both he and his wife Anne were regular attendees at the National Weekend and at the Terenure Car Show, he will be sadly missed.

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