Coronavirus and the JEC: LATEST EVENT UPDATES 2/07/20

LAST UPDATE: 11:00 2/7/2020

​General Advice

The latest advice from the government has been updated, with new rules coming into effect from 4th July 2020. The key changes have been implemented to enable sections of the hospitality industry to re-open. Tougher restrictions still exist in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so, members in those areas should check on the guidance for their particular region.

Public gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited in law and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules. Guidelines still urge us to avoid meetings of more than 6 people from different households in an outdoor space and two households indoors.

Furthermore, Cafés , Restaurants and Pubs that are able to reopen, will be placed under heavy restrictions to enforce social distancing. Many venues will be operating a pre-book only policy and all venues will be required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises.

At the current time, the JEC is strongly advising our organisers for regional areas to continue to cancel all social activities and refrain from road runs or any other meets in groups, until further notice.

Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys. It is important that large groups of classic car owners do not congregate in particular areas, such as parks, or places of natural beauty. By all means, use your classic Jaguar individually to drive to the shops or go out for exercise, but only individually.

Please remember, as a club, we are not only ambassadors for the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club, but also the classic car scene as a whole.

Furthermore, Motorsport UK have stated that spectators will not be allowed at test days, race meetings and track days.

At this moment in time, we feel it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade classic cars through the streets and country lanes when many people are still in self-isolation within their homes or experiencing hardship or the loss of loved ones. The time will come, soon we hope, but it is not yet.

The latest advice, issued 26th June 2020, urges us to 'Remain Alert and Safe' . It’s vitally important that club members drive with caution, as lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.

We must remain mindful of our own safety and be vigilant on the impact of our actions on others.

Key points :

  • The pandemic is NOT over – the lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
  • Check your car over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible (1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines).
  • If you previously declared your Jaguar as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road.
  • If you didn't renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away. To help with this, check out the contacts for our panel of insurers here:
  • If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
  • For more information on COVID-19 visit
  • To view UK Government advice visit:
  • For NHS information visit:

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

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

Guidance in brief for England from July 4th ... (Scotland, Wales, N.I may differ).

  • you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
  • when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • those who have been able to form a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble, but you should not change who you have formed a support bubble with
  • additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open - but we will continue to keep closed certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher
  • other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open
  • you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household (where you need to keep social distancing)
  • it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law. Police will have the power to break up groups larger than 30, apart from these exceptions

Moving forward, from 4 July, people will be trusted to continue acting responsibly by following this and related guidance, subject to an upper legal limit on gatherings (as described above). To avoid risks of transmission and stay as safe as possible, you should always maintain social distancing with people you do not live with - indoors and outdoors. You should only have close social contact with others if you are in a support bubble with them. You should:

  • only gather indoors with members of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
  • only gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households or in larger groups if everyone is from up to two households only
  • only gather in slightly larger groups of up to 30 for major life events, such as weddings
  • only gather in groups of more than 30 for specific set of circumstances that will be set out in law
  • only visit businesses and venues in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) or with a group of six people from different households if outdoors
  • not interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending these places with even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
  • try to limit the number of people you see, especially over short periods of time, to keep you and them safe, and save lives - the more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread
  • not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing when gathering in the group sizes advised
  • only stay overnight away from your home in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household)
  • when asked, provide your contact details to a business so that you can be contacted as needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme.

Please adhere to these guidelines to protect the health of yourself and others.

Jaguar Enthusiast Magazine

Our fantastic 132 page monthly magazine is still be produced and sent out to distributors for you to enjoy. We are facing difficulty once they have been dispatched as some local offices have back logs. Don't forget that you can also read the latest issue on line, with each issue being available from the 1st of the month in the members area for free!

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.

As the office adapts to the new working practices and restrictions the phone lines will be open Mon - Fri from 9:00am until 15:00pm. Please be patient during this time as we have reduced staff numbers answering the phone.

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.

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.

Latest updates:

***CANCELLED*** Silverstone Classic 2020

The organisers of Silverstone Classic have confirmed that the 2020 event is to be cancelled. JEC members should contact them direct for refunds or to roll-over pre-booked tickets. All advance ticket holders will have been contacted by Silverstone Classic. Their statement follows below:

It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of the Silverstone Classic announce that this summer’s flagship three-day festival – originally scheduled for the weekend of 31 July to the 2 August – has sadly been cancelled.

As the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the massive event always attracts unrivalled grids, many thousands of classic car owners and more than 100,000 visitors, many of whom camp out at Silverstone. The nature and scale of the event make running it in a safe, socially-distanced manner a huge challenge in the current situation; and the event’s much-loved family festival ethos also means that running the event behind closed doors isn’t a feasible option.

This summer, the pioneering Classic had massive plans to celebrate its milestone 30th birthday with a special ‘greatest hits’ racecard but organisers have indicated that they will carry forward these celebrations to the 2021 event.

“Following the latest Government advice, coupled with other scheduling changes at Silverstone, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year’s event,” said an enormously disappointed Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “Given the current circumstances and the unclear outlook on timescales, staging a postponed event – which was our original back-up plan – isn’t something we can plan for with any degree of certainty if we are to deliver the style of Classic that we all know and love.

“I can’t tell you how sad this news makes me feel. For the last 12 years it has been my life’s focus to build the Classic into the most amazing family friendly classic racing festival, the biggest and many people think the best in the world, but our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of those attending our events – as well as our own team – and we know that Classic fans will understand why this step has been necessary.

“As an independent events company passionate about what we do, we are so proud to have developed the Silverstone Classic into an internationally renowned historic motorsport festival enjoyed across generations of car enthusiasts, families, racing drivers and petrolheads.

“In times of difficulty, communities tend to come together and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s continued support. It means a lot. The passion of those coming through our gates is what makes the event the success that it has become and we are now already looking forward to celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary with everyone next year instead.”

The record numbers who have already purchased Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets will be offered the option either of rolling over their tickets to the 2021 event or requesting a full refund.

All ticket holders will be contacted in June with details of the next steps. As ever all the latest information can be found at

NEC Restoration Show cancelled until 2021

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.

Read the full story here

Goodwood Festival of Speed - CANCELLED / Goodwood Revival - CANCELLED

Click here to read the full story

British Motor Museum, Gaydon - TO RE-OPEN 4TH JULY

The museum will be re-opening for normal visitors on July 4th, but currently all events are cancelled until September.

Sunday Scramble - Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage has the made decision to postpone the next two Scrambles, due to be held on the 26th April, and the 21st June 2020 0- these events will now be held on 4th October 2020.

Bicester Heritage wishes to reassure all Scramble Pass holders, that their current Passes will allow entry to the Scramble on the new date of 4th October 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.

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.


Le Mans Classic 2020

The decision has been made to postpone the Le Mans Classic in 2020 moving the date to 1st - 4th July 2021. If you have booked with our partner Travel Destinations they will automatically move any booking over to the new date. They will be contacting any members who have booked soon.

"Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Peter Auto and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have decided to postpone the tenth edition of Le Mans Classic to July 1-2-3-4, 2021. After having carefully studied different scenarios and possible dates, it was finally decided that postponing Le Mans Classic to 2021 was the best solution for this event in order to continue to bring together all lovers of the vintage car in optimal conditions."

Summer Jaguar Festival

In response to more detailed information from UK Government regarding social distancing guidelines for public spaces and after extensive discussions with our venue and partners, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club has been forced to cancel the Summer Jaguar Festival this year. The event had previously been re-scheduled for the weekend of 21-23rd August 2020 at Newby Hall and nearby Nidd Hall.

The requirements of the guidelines have made it clear that it will not be possible for us to run an event on the scale of the Summer Jaguar Festival this year and so instead, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club will focus on planning for a fantastic weekend event that will include our celebration of the 60th anniversary of the E-Type at Blenheim Palace next year. This not-to-be-missed weekend will take place over 14-16th May 2021 and will offer the much-needed celebration we are all looking forward to.

Those who have booked show entry tickets to the event in advance will be issued with a refund automatically, there is no need to contact the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club. This includes any payments for weekend extras purchased through the club, such as camping or the Brewery tour.


The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club asks specifically that 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. This may take a couple of weeks due to the number of members booked and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding at this time.

Ray Searles, Chairman of the JEC said:

It is with huge sadness that we have reluctantly concluded, in conjunction with Newby Hall, that the Summer Jaguar Festival should be cancelled for this year. We appreciate just how disappointing this will be for the event’s many loyal supporters. However, the safety and well-being of every one of our members and volunteers is paramount.
These are unprecedented times, therefore we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding throughout. The good news is however, that we have been afforded even more time to work on a really special event for next year’s Summer Jaguar Festival at Blenheim Palace. This will feature E60 - the 60th anniversary of the E Type alongside anniversaries for the Mark X and Jaguar’s first Le Mans Victory with the C Type. We have already completed significant work in planning for this ‘once in a lifetime’ event and cannot wait to share our exciting announcements with you over the coming weeks.”

Sarah Goldsbrough, National Sales Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels, Nidd Hall said;

“Nidd Hall was very much looking forward to accommodating Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club members for the Summer Festival again and, although we understand the reasons for cancelling, we’re disappointed - we like to welcome groups, their guests and we were excited to see all the cars!
Nidd Hall will re-open its doors to guests on 27 July 2020 and we would still love for you to join us for a relaxing weekend away in August, right now we could all do with something to look forward to. In preparation, we’ve been busy enhancing our service and hygiene protocols and introducing social distancing measures to ensure everyone is welcomed to our hotel in the safest possible way.
We know you will want to know your options, but there is no need to contact us, our team at Warner will be in touch with you as soon as we can.”

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club will be soon be announcing more information, booking details and features for the Summer Jaguar Festival 2021.

Like many organisations, much of the team at the club’s offices are still 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 and for the continued support of our partners and venues. We look forward to seeing you all for the 2021 Summer Jaguar Festival at Blenheim Palace 14-16th May 2021.

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.

CarFest North & South - CANCELLED

Chris Evans announced that, as a result of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, CarFest have taken the difficult decision to reschedule both CarFest North and CarFest South until 2021.


CarFest North will take place at Bolesworth Estate from: 23rd - 25th July 2021

CarFest South will be held at Laverstoke Park Farm from: 27th - 29th August 2021

From CarFest:

"Over the past eight years we have raised over £16m for UK Children’s Charities – BBC Children in Need, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust – we want to continue to do this.

We know many of you have been waiting for us to announce the second release of tickets for this year, and we’re sorry to disappoint you, but do hope that you will be able to join us in 2021 to celebrate CarFest’s 10th birthday!

We plan to go back on sale for CarFest North and CarFest South 2021 in October of this year and we will keep you updated on final dates and details in the coming months."

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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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