Windsor Castle, UK: 6th May 2017
- Royal Windsor spectacle: More than 1,200 Jaguars line Long Walk at Windsor Castle, including the latest F-PACE and F-TYPE SVR
- Jaguar Classic’s ‘new original’ XKSS makes its public UK debut, joining a parade of 240 Jaguars through Windsor town
- Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival attendees included His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr Ralf Speth and Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig
Last Saturday 6th May 2017, more than 1,200 Jaguar automobiles started a summer of celebration in style. Windsor Castle opened its grounds to some of the world’s rarest and most desirable types in Jaguar’s history for the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival, in support of The Prince Philip Trust Fund.
Jaguar Classic supported the Festival that was organised by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club in response to an invitation from the Prince Philip Trust Fund. It was estimated that 6500 global visitors attended, with cars inbound from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Nederlands, Norway, Sweden and the U.S.A.
Jaguar XKSS Continuation
Jaguar’s ‘new original’ XKSS made its UK debut at the event. Jaguar Classic is currently building nine ‘lost’ XKSS supercars, of those destroyed in a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory 60 years ago, to authentic 1957 specifications.
Its listed at “more than £1,000,000” (USD 1.3 Million) and you can’t even use it on UK roads because the 1957 specification engine does not comply with modern exhaust emission regulations!
Unable to secure public road legality, Jaguar advice owners to try and gain dispensation in future or just use the cars on private race tracks and grounds. 🙂
Other star models driven through the historic Royal town of Windsor and through the castle grounds, included the only 1966 XJ13 – from the Jaguar Heritage Trust collection. Built as a Le Mans 24-Hours contender, the 5-litre V12 machine never got a chance to compete in the legendary French endurance motor race.
Amongst other distinctive Jaguars lining the Long Walk in the grounds of Windsor Castle, was one of the 10 specially-sourced base cars for Jaguar Classic’s recently-announced E-type Reborn factory restoration programme, a 200mph F-TYPE SVR and a Union Flag emblazoned XK8 Convertible.
Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival was a dream event for us: we like nothing better than spending time with fellow Jaguar enthusiasts and discussing how we can support them, so doing that at such a magnificent venue as Windsor, for charity, was a huge privilege.”
“We’re proud to serve all enthusiasts of older Jaguars, whether they’re looking for an authentic car to buy, genuine parts, expert servicing or fabulous experiences.”
Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide.
It has a 130-strong team of engineers, graduates and apprentices at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry to restore vintage cars from both brands, and build exclusive New Original continuation cars, such as the Jaguar Lightweight E-type and XKSS.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).