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My lovely XJC loan car for the Florence Thomson Tour - John Buncles pride and joy 800x578

 

 

The 49th Jaguar National Rally hosted by the Jaguar Drivers Club of South Australia was held in April. Judging by the reports from the JCCV members who attended it was a busy and successful rally. By all accounts both the Barossa and Victor Harbour are beautiful regions to visit and the rally events were most enjoyable. Di Adamson and her team need to be commended for their outstanding organisation and attention to detail. 

 

Now our attention is on the 50th Jaguar National Rally to be hosted by our club. Our National Rally Director, Keith Mortimer and his team are busy working behind the scenes to ensure everything is organised and ready for registration which will be available very soon. The Albury/Wodonga area will the location and the dates are March 29 – April 1. The post rally tour, designed to allow the host club to showcase their state to interstate registrants, will be a week of wonder touring the regions of Yarrawonga and Echuca. 

 

I took part in the 2018 Florence Thomson Tour on 22 April. The tour organised by the RACV is to recognise women in motoring especially commemorating Florence completing a rally from Sydney to Melbourne in 1905. In comparison to her arduous five-day journey on what passed as a track and in a car with solid wheels - I drove John’s XJC purring along the country roads with ease and in comfort. Power steering, electric windows, heating, cooling, great suspension and braking. How fortunate we are now! I must add there was not one word of driving advice from my navigator! 

 

The May club run to Macedon Ranges area was another great event organised by our Social Team. We drove to Gisborne where our choice was to visit the market or the gardens to be followed by lunch at Baringo Restaurant in New Gisborne. I enjoyed chatting to Phil and Liz Capocchi who recently joined the club after purchasing Bill Coombs lovely XK140.  Bryan and Kate McGoldrick were also there in their recently purchased white XJR - a very nice car. They also gave me a sneak peek at pictures of their soon to be unveiled E-Type. I will look forward to seeing it on the road.

 

The Jaguar XJ celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. The XJ was first released in September 1968 and quickly became the only mass produced 12 cylinder 4 door car.  It was always popular with celebrities, royalty, politicians and other well to do people. The British luxury brand has introduced a special XJ50 model to celebrate the occasion. I believe orders can be placed now so you could be the first to have one if you act quickly. The XJ Register has various celebrations planned and we will have a commemorative cake at the September monthly meeting.

 

Travel safely on the roads. A special friend always tells me to watch out for the non-Jaguar drivers on the road so I pass that piece of advice on to you. I look forward to seeing you at one of the coming events or meetings.