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September Presidents' Report

 

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Welcome to the September issue of CAT-A-LOG. I am sure you will all agree Brian Jasper and his team are doing a great job with its production. This does not happen without a huge amount of work from collecting the material to eventually packing it for distribution to you. A big thank you to everyone involved.

Sadly two very longstanding members have passed away since my last report. Gary Everitt and Brian Jenkins were very active in registers and the management of our club. Gary as a previous Vice President, Mark 1 & 2 Register Secretary and a man who loved to run his Mark 2 at sporting events. Brian as XK Register Secretary, organisation of the XK border runs and concours participation and judging. Our sincere sympathy is offered to their families. Vales for both of them are featured elsewhere in this magazine.

Jaguar is setting a cracking pace on new models. The Jaguar E-Pace, a five seat compact SUV has been released setting a Guinness World Record during its premiere in London. A record breaking leap with a 15.3 metre jump and a 270 degree corkscrew like “Barrel roll”. The feat was the final test after many months work across four continents to ensure durability. I am sure there are not many of us who would attempt this but f you have not seen the footage check it out on the Jaguar website.

Following on from this will be the all electric I-Pace Concept set to be released in 2018.  Claims have been made that it can sprint from 0-100km/h in “under four seconds” This is apparently a full second quicker than the equivalent Tesla Model X90D. Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar, and his team are certainly producing some news breaking models for Jaguar.

Our social team are continuing to organise interesting club runs and outings for our enjoyment. The run to Castlemaine organised by David & Marg Jonas was a great success. Make sure you book for the “Night of Big Band Music” to be held on 21 October at the clubrooms - Country members please note there have been several offers of accommodation at members’ homes if you would like to attend.

It is great to read how active the Country Registers are. Thank you to Les Bradd for stepping in when needed at the Gippsland Register. The food looked good at the North East Register lunch at Bundalong and it was interesting to read of the Muston’s new State of the Art Service Centre visited by the GV Register. I will try and get out and about and visit more Country Registers.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 October.  All committee positions were declared vacant and nominations for all positions have now been received. 

Until next time enjoy your Jaguars, stay well and be safe on the road.