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December President's Report

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“Oh what a night - late October twenty seventeen” As you can see Julie Beck and I were among the 117 members and guests enjoying the “Night of Big Band music – 30’s 40’s Cabaret” held in our clubrooms on Saturday 17 October. The social team did a fantastic job. Look for the story and pictures in the middle pages.

Jaguar Australia’s presence at the recent Motorclassica event was great this year.

Their “Book a Drive” was in full swing at the front of the Exhibition Building when I arrived and this was proving very popular. The display inside was also well done.    

In 2018 Jaguar will make history again with the worlds first all-electric production-based international race series.  As the main support to FIA Formula E Championships, the Jaguar I-PACE e TROPHY reinforces their commitment to electric vehicles and electric street racing. So watch this space as the future of Jaguar looks very interesting.

I ponder this introduction as electric cars are silent.  People who live in close proximity of a race circuit may not agree but the smell of fuel and the roar of the engines all adds to the electric atmosphere at a race meet.  Will we miss that?

Historic Sandown celebrated 26 years of Thunder 10-12 November. Many of our members entered and even more of us were spectators over the weekend. It was perfect weather.

Our Concours Committee led by Phil Curtis did an amazing job organising our Concours and Display Day. Thank you to the members who helped on the day and to the entrants for taking the time to prepare their Jaguars. This year the individual achievement of each entry was announced but trophies were not presented.

We will have a trophy presentation for individual and Perpetual trophies at the monthly meeting on Tuesday 6 February.  We will share a light meal before the meeting – see booking details elsewhere in this magazine.

We are now in urgent need of a member to take on the coordination of CAT-A-LOG. Graham Deahl has helped us by producing November and December magazines but does not have the time to continue as Editor ongoing.  Please ring me or Graham if you are interested in the role. We need your help or our magazine may not continue.

The end of the year is nigh and our club events will draw to a close for a few weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for their support during 2017. The ongoing involvement of the Coordinators and Register Secretaries is also very much appreciated.  Your support as members has also been very encouraging in my first year as President.

Stay well, stay safe, especially on the roads and I look forward to meeting again in 2018. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.