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Another top JCCV Concours and Display Day


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Once again the JCCV pulled another top Concours out of the hat with a very high standard of cars entered in the d’Elegance and the d’Etat. Out of the combined 24 cars entered in the two categories, 20 received gold awards. The chief judge Trevor Wilkinson said the number of gold awards demonstrated that entrants had followed the judging criteria seriously with many improving on previous years’ results.


“It was a fabulous day, good weather, great company, many helpers plus five D-Types and a Project 7. Who could have hoped to pull that off,” were Trevor’s thoughts on the day.


Several standouts among the entries were Brad Mottram, from Mildura (Sunraysia Register) whose 1955 XK 140 restoration was only completed the week of the Concours, survived the drive from Mildura, and still managed a gold in the d’Etat class.


Max Joffe made sure the D-Type had its place in the competition and his 1990 D-Type R took gold in d’Etat.  Max’s D-Type R was one of four that took pride of place as the featured model for the 2017 Concours and Display Day. 


Peter Vat’s 2016 F-Type Project 7 scored gold in d’Elegance and was a definitely a crowd pleaser. His limited edition Project Seven sports convertible (only 250 produced) looked splendid and its roar could be heard across the oval. Designed by Jaguar’s Ian Callum, the Project 7 has links to the D-Type through the distinctive hump behind the driver’s head, and is the fastest and most powerful Jaguar produced to date.


Three other D-Types were in prized display position. Beside Max there was D-Types owned by Gary Ball, Ken Seelenmeyer (pictured above) and Rob Sinclair. In addition Shannons, our Concours sponsor, displayed a D-Type R from the Ian Cummins estate which will be auctioned in late November.


The well-known actor, JCCV member and Jaguar enthusiast John Wood, announced the Concours results which was a buzz for many in the crowd, while MC David Jonas kept members and visitors informed with interesting information throughout the day.


JCCV president Lyn Belcher, an exacting judge, was also very pleased with the high standard of entries and praised owners’ efforts for their very clean cars. Lyn also complimented the efforts of first-time Concours director Philip Curtis in putting together a very well organised day.

“Phil and his committee have been planning the event since July and produced a great day for everyone to enjoy,” Lyn said.


Concours director Philip Curtis thanked the efforts and support of our sponsors and traders, many who return each year and appreciate the business they receive from JCCV members.

“I thought the day an outstanding success and a great way to promote the club to the public; especially to people driving Jaguars who are not current members,” he said.

“Feedback about the new ground layout was also very positive”.


Phil thanked his organising team of Trevor Wilkinson, John Mann, Ray Stebbins, Paul Dwan, David Lyon, Mike Daley, and Ann Isaacs for each making a significant contribution to the success of the day. He also thanked the many volunteers who had participated on the day.

"Without our volunteers this event doesn't happen; so thank you!"


Philip said he was looking forward to the presentation night on February 6, and hoped there would be a "full house" for dinner at 7.00pm to be followed by the presentations at 8.00pm. "It will be a great way to start 2018."


Details of the presentation night will be emailed to all members and reservations will be essential.


Thanks also to Keith and Shannon Mortimer for taking a terrific range of photos. Hopefully more can be loaded to the JCCV web site album soon. See the Concours section of the web for the award achieved by each entrant.