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Jaguar Enthusiasts Club - 2001 Season

As ever on this page, I am indebted to Terry Dye, the JEC racing Co-ordinator and looking at his schedule, I must be doubly grateful that he can spare time to send things off to me.

Anyway, courtesy of Terry, you will see below a variety of information about JEC events. The one message which comes over loud and clear is that Jaguar racing is very much alive and well and booming; many grids already look oversubscribed and word has already gone out that priority will be given to competitors who commit to a full season.

Having seen these guys race only once last year, at Castle Combe, I can only recommend their racing to you. Often the cars are immaculately turned out, bloody fast and more often than not their owners are well behaved enough to answer any idiot questions you and I may ask of them. (In fact last year, one guy I spoke to was asking me for spares!!)

There are a total of 6 Championships, so you may not get to see them all if you only go to a few meetings. I see I am down to marshal at the 7th April meeting at Oulton Park, so I hope they behave and don't come visiting for repairs to the bodywork!!


 25 March Brands Hatch 6 Pot, Powered by Jaguar, XJS Challenge
7 April Oulton Park XK Challenge
 22 April Mallory Park XK Challenge
 19 May Silverstone XK Challenge
9 / 10 June Donington 6 Pot, PBJ, XJS, E Type Challenge, XK
30 June Brands Hatch XK Challenge
 14/ 15 July Anglesey 6 Pot, PBJ, XJS
4 August Castle Combe XK Challenge
12 August Cadwell Park 6 Pot, PBJ, XJS
22 September Oulton Park 6 Pot, PBJ, XJS

 23 September Cadwell Park XK Challenge
20 / 21 October Croft 6 Pot, PBJ, XJS
21 October Snetterton XK Challenge

In addition to this schedule, there are also races at Zandvoort on 24 / 26 August, with approx. 40 people expressing an interest in travelling.

Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club E Type Challenge
Round 5 - Silverstone 18th August

4 E Types entered for this round shared the Anglo-American grid against some of the big American muscle cars. In Practice, Mike Adams was sandwiched between two Chevrolet Camaros with Harry Wyndham a strong 6th fastest overall. Bernie Breeze with 'Team Dorset Region' was 3rd fastest E Type whilst Mark Wright, experiencing problems, was on the last row of the grid, so expect some big action in the race!! At the rolling start the Adams E Type held second from the unwelcome attentions of a Camaro, which was to pressure him throughout the race. However he held off for a strong second behind the Withey Camaro despite a big power disadvantage. Harry Wyndham drove a fine race to 6th (2nd E Type) and Bernie Breeze had an entertaining battle with Sunbeam Tigers, Healey & MGB's, and beat a rapid Piper GT. Mark Wright? Well, he had a terrific drive. He took 8 cars on the first lap and battled his way from 29th to 9th by the end of the race.

In the Intermarque Race, Malcolm Hamilton's 'Beast' E Type led practice and the race until 3 laps from the end when the fearsome Porsche of Chamberlain and another Porsche finally got through after a number of position changes.

Trevor Groom, one of our XK Challenge competitors, brought out the beautiful Ex David Hobbs XK140 for the Sports Car Race. This car was rebodied in the 60's and shows a strong E Type resemblance. (I'll write an article on the cars when time permits). 6th on the grid was and excellent result and Trevor drove brilliantly to 4th until lap 7 when the coolant overflow pipe worked loose and discharged water over the rear tyres with predictable results.



Pure Cadwell. And it doesn't matter what you race!!






er, it can even be a MK10, if you're feeling very brave!!





E Type Challenge - Mallory Park 9th September

A disappointing 3 E Types turned out for the Round at Mallory Park but the racing more than compensated as Harry Wyndham, Mark Wright & Mike Adams took on the American muscle cars. Following the correction of some evil handling, Mike Adams took pole from a seriously quick Sunbeam Tiger and Alec Hammond in the mighty Chevrolet Camaro. Mark Wright & Harry Wyndham were 6th & 7th respectively. At the start the Tiger took the lead for a while before Mike took the lead and a furious battle with Alec ensued. Alec took the lead in a daring move at the Esses. Mike returned the compliment 2 laps later and held on despite a number of strong challenges. Harry Wyndham had a strong race into 6th despite the attentions of a number of others. Poor Mark Wright. After a lightning start, he experienced an engine fire (thankfully extinguished quickly) on lap 2 at Gerrards. The subsequent multiple spins on the back straight with a cockpit full of smoke demonstrated brilliant car control. A fine race chaps. Thank you.
In the Intermarque race Malcolm Hamilton took pole. A tardy start meant he took 2 laps to pass a Ferrari & Cobra and canter away. A pace car session to remove the Roger Bowman XJ220 bunched the field but thereafter Malcolm won easily. An excellent pair of results result for the Rob Beere Team.


Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club XK Challenge
Round 4 - Silverstone 20th May

A sunny morning welcomed the 29 cars, 9 of which were driven to the event.. This is our largest grid to date but will be surpassed by Donington in June which already boasts 32 entrants! A late nighter by Neil Fender to cure an oil leak saw him arrive a little tired.

5 running their first XK race of 2001 where Geoff Ottley, Chris Keen, Charles Fripp (120s) & Grahame Bull, Ian Mills (150s). Daughters in the ex Frank Gardner 120 was on fire practicing a strong second to Newall with Arculus & Mclaren on the same second. The Jaques 120 was 2 secs ahead of Ottley & Zwolinski in Class A. Chisholm took Class B second in practice from a fast improving Webb. A number of drivers reported spins on the very greasy track.

Rob Newall smokes his way to victory




At the start a lunge from McLaren going into Copse took him past Arculus into third behind Newall & Daughters. Fripp's 'Yellow Peril' jumped to 5th but laid a very impressive smokescreen until lap 4 when he pulled off. Trevor Groom's 140, after a good run, pulled up on lap 8 when the bottom hose blew impressively at Becketts. The torrid McLaren/Arculus battle was resolved when Campbell pulled off with a shredded tyre after a puncture. Wilkins spun at Brooklands and sat in the middle of the track holding his breath for a while whilst cars passed both sides. Some terrific racing between Chisholm & Webb and also Youle(very wide car!), Bull, Jaques, Ottley & Zwolinski forming a high speed train until Jaques spun on oil. Daughters lost second after a moment on lap 9 when he nudged Roope who was thundering along minding his own business. Resolved by a handshake in the paddock. After a strong run the Webb lost places with a broken gearbox. Excellent spectator sport!

Leishman on the limit in front of the chasers




JEC at Cadwell Park, pictures from Round 3 of the Championship.

Magnificent sight before the off at the superb Cadwell Park



JEC - XK's at Mallory Park

And they said it could not be done!!

Our first full grid (26 XK's) & according to Jeremy Broad, the largest number of XK's in a race (except probably XK50). 8 new racing drivers and 3 new to the Series.
A nice mix of 120's (17), 140's(5) & 150's(4)

Chris Keen suffered a fuel pump failure on the M40 and, despite many stopping to help; he arrived late and fell off the back of the grid. I hope a race in the Historic Roadsport event made the trip worthwhile. Nigel Webb completed his car at 2am

In his first race of the season Newall (ClassB) practised ahead of the Class C cars of McWhirter, McLaren (the Flying Scots) & Arculus. Guy Broad's first full outing in 10 years showed he has lost none of his pace. In Class A Zwolinski showed that his Oulton performance was not a one-off and was fastest from Jaques and Chapman. Chisholm was 2nd in Class B followed by Nick Wilkins. A faulty batch of unused wheel spinners, fortunately identified by CKL necessitated some frantic activity and the JEC Chairman, Keith Vincent nearly had his 120 cannibalised in the paddock. A frantic drive to replace broken gear linkage meant the Chris Jaques kept his unbroken record; raced & finished in every round for 3 seasons.

The heartwarming sight of 26 XK's on the grid led to an interesting run into Gerard's.
Newall held off a squabbling McWhirter/McLaren for 4 laps until the unfortunate Dunkley went off at the hairpin bringing out the red flag. Watson, Daughters (tightening engines) & Kremer were also out. On restarting it was the same order up front until McWhirter suffered a sheared hub at Gerard's & McLaren a spin at the Esses. Some terrific racing throughout the field with a number of cars breaking the minute lap time, which is pretty damn fast!
Newall (B) took overall from Arculus (C), who ran strongly all day, and Broad (C). Class A winner Jaques led Zwolinski, who stopped for a quick spin. The newcomers were by no means overawed and everyone ended the race with smiles on their faces.

Terry Dye

Jaguar Enthusiasts Club
Racing Co-ordinator


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