Coronavirus and the JEC: LATEST EVENT UPDATES 26/3/20

LAST UPDATE: 17:00 26/3/2020

​General Advice

The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact with other people should be avoided for the foreseeable future. We are also being advised to avoid pubs, which is of course is the most popular type of venue of regional club meets. Those at risk or with underlying health issues are being advised to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks.

Therefore, we are advising all regions to cancel or postpone their monthly meetings and local club events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice. We urge you to watch the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club website and the government advice links below for up to the minute information.

Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club members if the situation develops.

We urge you to keep checking back to these pages and the UK Government advice links below for up to the minute information.

The basic message is, stay at home.

Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.

Reach out

We have a number of elderly members amongst us. If you know of any in your Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club region, why not drop them an email or give them a call to chat Jags for a while and make sure they have all they need. For those with underlying health issues, the next 12 weeks is likely to be a long and potentially lonely time. Also, don't forget that members can keep in touch via our club forum here.

JEC HQ, Bristol.

We will also not be accepting visitors to the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club offices in Bristol at the present time and those staff able to work from home will be doing so, during this time, please be patient when calling the offices.

Regional Meetings and Local Events

We are advising all regions to cancel or postpone their monthly meetings and local club events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice.

National Drive it Day - FBHVC STATEMENT:

Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs updated statement on Drive it Day 2020


The FBHVC is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings pertinent to our member clubs and as such, the following statement replaces all previous correspondence regarding National Drive it Day during this fast-moving situation.

In response to the updated guidance and restrictions issued by UK Government, the Federation recommends that all activities that involve taking a historic vehicle out on the road specifically for the purposes of Drive it Day, now be abandoned. All enthusiasts are now urged to stay at home on 26 April 2020 and not partake in any non-essential travel for Drive it Day and instead, get involved in a nationwide social media campaign to spread positivity around historic vehicles during this difficult time.

Currently, UK government are advising against all non-essential social contact. Our current general guidance to car clubs, that can be found on our website , encourages the cancellation or postponement of meets, events and gatherings of people. Additional advice has now placed restrictions on non-essential travel of any kind.

However, enthusiasts of historic vehicles are still encouraged to participate on 26 April 2020 in the mass sharing, via social media, of images and memories of themselves and their families out and about in their historic vehicles during a previous year’s Drive it Day.

Use your chosen social media platform to share images and stories of memorable trips with your historic vehicles or indeed, what you might be working on within the ‘self – isolation’ of your garage or shed.

The FBHVC are asking for all enthusiasts to share pictures using the hashtag #DriveitDayMemories.

Post your picture on to the FBHVC social media feeds or those of your member clubs. We will be monitoring those social feeds and public posts published with the #DriveitDayMemories hashtag will be gathered onto a special area within the FBHVC website galleries in the future.

As previously stated, with such a crowded event calendar, the possibility of achieving consensus for a revised Drive it Day date later in the year will be virtually impossible. Therefore, Drive it Day 2020 will not be re-scheduled for later this year, but will resume its normal format on 25 April 2021.

For the latest advice for car clubs, events and other news – keep up to date via the Federation news pages at .

Latest updates:

JEC Racing

The start of the race season, originally planned to start at Snetterton this weekend will be postponed until further notice.

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained, “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives. Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport. When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”

Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.

**NEW DATES** NEC Restoration Show rescheduled for 7 - 9th August 2020

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery run by Clarion Events have announced the new dates for the show.

All ticket and exhibitor bookings will be carried over to the new date. If you have any questions, please visit the website or contact your ticket vendor directly.

Castle Combe Track day - 20th March 2020 - POSTPONED DATE TBA

Castle Combe postponed our planned Track Day for Friday 20th March. We will be contacting all those who booked to keep them up to date and all tickets purchased so far will be valid for the new date. We will be working with Castle Combe on a replacement date as soon as possible.

Techno-Classica, Essen - CANCELLED

This year's Techno-Classica Show, set to be held in Essen during 25-29th March 2020 has been postponed due to local restrictions on public gatherings amid fears around the spread of COVID - 19 Corona Virus in Germany. We would advise JEC members holding tickets to this event to contact the organisers:

78th Goodwood Members' Meeting - POSTPONED DATE TBA

The 78th Members' Meeting was due to take place on March 28th-29th, but has been postponed with a new date to be confirmed.

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to be an ever changing situation, the Goodwood team are currently exploring a range of alternative dates for 78MM, consulting with all relevant parties, and we will keep you informed as the situation develops.

In the meantime, they will continue planning for the Festival of Speed and Revival, in the hope that both events will be able to go ahead as planned on July 9th-12th and September 11th-13th respectively, as well as looking forward to the rescheduled 78th Members’ Meeting.

Goodwood Festival of Speed - POSTPONED DATE TBA

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been postponed, with a view to shifting the event to a later date in the year amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Duke of Richmond said: ‘Over the last few weeks, we have been working together with everyone involved to understand the viability of the Festival of Speed going ahead in July. Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus threat and not knowing whether the situation will have significantly improved by then, we sadly need to postpone the Festival of Speed in July.’

British Motor Museum, Gaydon - CLOSED UNTIL 1ST JUNE

The museum is closed until June 1st. All events after 1st June will be reviewed in the near future. So currently, the Jaguar Breakfast meets are cancelled until further notice.

Donington Historic Festival 1-3rd May 2020 - POSTPONED

In light of Motorsport UK (the governing body for motorsport in the UK) extending its suspension of all motorsport events until at least 30th June, the Donington Historic Festival as been postponed to an alternative date later in the year.

The Donington Historic Festival website and social media channels will be kept up to date with the latest information.

The policy of MSV, who operate Donington Park, is as follows for existing ticket holders:

'In the event a race meeting is postponed, all tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event. If you let us know that you can't make the rescheduled date once it’s been announced, you will get a refund. If a race meeting is cancelled entirely and not rescheduled, you will automatically get a refund. We hope that this approach will provide total comfort and reassurance to our customers.'

Sunday Scramble - Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage has the made decision to postpone the next Scramble, due to be held on the 26thApril, to a new date on the 21st June 2020.

Bicester Heritage wishes to reassure all Scramble Pass holders (purchased for the 26th April) that their current Passes will allow entry to the Scramble on the new date of 21st June 2020. If you would like to login to your Eventbrite account to check your Passes, please click here. If you are unable to attend the new Scramble date then you are entitled to a full refund. Refunds can be requested up until Saturday 13th June 2020. Should you wish your Pass to be refunded, please follow the steps set out by Eventbrite by clicking here.

On behalf of all at Bicester Heritage, do take care and please ensure that care and compassion for one another remains at the forefront of all our minds.

Summer Jaguar Festival

In response to the rapid development of the Covid-19 pandemic and after extensive discussions with the event’s venues and partners, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club has taken the difficult decision to postpone the Summer Jaguar Festival, planned for 15-17th May until the weekend of 21-23rd August 2020.

Day tickets, camping passes and exhibitor bookings already purchased for the event at Newby Hall will be valid for the rescheduled date.

For accommodation booked with Warner Leisure Hotels at Nidd Hall as part of our weekend packages, those wishing to transfer their booking to the new event date will be offered the option to do so. Whilst Warner Leisure Hotels will do their best to offer guests equivalent accommodation to their original booking, the number of standard grade rooms available at Nidd Hall for the new dates may not match those of the original dates.

Therefore, where equivalent standard grade rooms cannot be offered due to availability, guests will be offered an upgrade to one of the luxury room packages at low cost. If this is not satisfactory, or if attendees are unable to make the new dates, then Warner Leisure Hotels will discuss the alternative options with you.

IMPORTANT: The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club asks specifically that, in the first instance, those booked to stay at Nidd Hall do not contact the club nor the venue regarding their weekend hotel package booking. Warner Leisure Hotels at Nidd Hall will be making contact directly with all those that have booked, as soon as possible.

Ray Searles, Chairman of the JEC said: “The wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors and volunteers is paramount. Therefore, we have had to make the very difficult decision, in conjunction with Newby Hall and Warner Leisure Hotels at Nidd Hall, to postpone the event. This is an unprecedented situation and whilst we have done our best in negotiations with our partner venues, the situation is far from ideal, therefore we ask for patience and understanding during this difficult time.”

All day ticket and exhibitor bookings for the Summer Jaguar Festival at Newby Hall will be carried over to the new date. Additionally, booked options such as the Black Sheep Brewery Tour, will also be carried over to the new date, subject to availability. Full refunds will be issued to those unable to make the new dates.

The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact with other people should be avoided for the foreseeable future.

Like many organisations, the club’s offices in Bristol are currently closed to visitors and much of the team are working remotely, so please be patient if calling the office or enquiring via email as the team are having to cope with a high volume of correspondence as a result of the present situation.

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club wishes to thank all attendees for their patience whilst the contingency plans for this event were being put in place in conjunction with our partners and venues.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans postponed until September

In view of the changing health situation related to the coronavirus and the latest Government guidelines, the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, initially scheduled for 13-14 June, has been postponed until 19-20 September 2020.

Currently , the historic edition of the race, Le Mans Classic in July - is set to go ahead as planned.


In order to create certainty and continue to safeguard and maximise funds for UK Children’s charities, CarFest have taken the decision to bring together CarFest North and CarFest South to create CarFest United!

CarFest United will be held at Laverstoke Park Farm, across the weekend of 28th – 30th August with encouragement for Northern attendees to join in. The site has been increased in capacity.

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Scheduled for Sunday 28th June 2020 at Doncaster College for the Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6AY.

Organisers will be taking the following actions: 1 – All Traders/Sponsors/Advertisers who have pre-booked will receive their payments back, either directly through the post or via bank transfers. 2 – All exhibitors who have pre-booked (none of which at this time had been processed), will have their entries returned by post and if any payments have been made via PayPal, these will be reimbursed. 3 – We will make suitable announcements to the media about the cancellation, taking whatever action we can to ensure as many people as possible know. 4 – We will keep everyone informed on our database and through national media when planning takes place for a return to normality and the timing for the RETURN OF THE DONCASTER CLASSIC CAR & BIKE SHOW in 2021. Contacts: 01302 771818/07931 561927 or 01302 539878 or 07932 231737.


Scenic car tours, and the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, have today agreed that, given the current circumstances the tour should be postponed.

Although official government advice suggests the tour can currently run as planned, we appreciate that, in these uncertain times, it is to everyone’s benefit, to be pro-active rather than re-active. The new date for this tour therefore is 18th September 2020.

So what do you need to do next regarding this tour?

1- If you can attend the event on the revised dates, you do not have to do anything, your booking will be automatically moved to the revised date .

2- If you cannot make the new event, your funds paid to date will be carried forward in the form of a voucher, which you will be able to use towards any future JEC tour with Scenic Car Tours, or any Scenic Car Tours mixed marque tour, at any point in the future. If you need to use this option, please email Scenic Car Tours on [email protected].

As we are sure you can appreciate, this is an unprecedented time for everyone, especially the travel industry, so if you can please only contact Scenic Car Tours if you cannot make the revised event dates, that would be much appreciated.

We know from speaking to members on the phone in the past few weeks this news will come as a great relief to those worried about travelling in May & June, and many thanks to all of you for your understanding and patience during this time.

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