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Ralph Broad and the Jaguar Xj12C Broadspeed

by Ann Isaacs

Steve Temples XF Jaguar
 

How would you like to have these two daily drivers to use regularly? Well JCCV Geelong register secretary Steve Temple is one member many might envy. Steve’s award-winning XF takes him to work at the Geelong railyards where he then swaps turbo diesels for the City of Warrnambool locomotive.

Steve’s immaculate XF took out the Brighton Jaguar trophy for the overall Concours d’Etat winner at our recent Concours and Display Day. He has only had the car for a few months after deciding to switch from another late model Jag to the XF. Steve is delighted with the XF as it “drives like a real Jaguar”, and has great road-handling ability and torque. He spent a solid two weeks before the Concours preparing the XF which paid off in a strong field of entrants.

Steve’s other daily driver, the loco, is an N class engine built in Australia by Clyde Engineering in the mid-1980s. It has a 12 cylinder turbo-charged diesel electric engine that generates 2500 hp. Steve said a total of 25 of these locomotives were built, all named after regional Victorian cities.