Coronavirus and the JEC: LATEST EVENT UPDATES 26/05/20

LAST UPDATE: 09:00 26/05/2020

​General Advice

The latest advice from the government now states that non-essential travel in England (but not Scotland or Wales) is now allowed. Non key workers are now permitted to drive as far as we feel necessary for work and for exercise.

However, public gatherings of more than two people are not allowed and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules.

At the current time, the JEC strongly advises all local area groups to continue to cancel all activities outdoors and refrain from road runs, convoys or any other meet ups in groups until July at the earliest provisional date.

Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys – the UK Government states clearly that we must not meet more than one other person from outside our household. 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 all ambassadors for the classic car scene as a whole.

Furthermore, Motorsport UK have suspended all permits in the UK until July so, any convoy or road run with a pre-determined route or start/end point would be considered illegal and will not be insured.

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 lockdown 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 13th May 2020, urges common sense around taking any car out for leisure drives. 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.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet changed their advice of ‘Stay Home’, but residents of England are now told to ‘Stay Alert’.

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.
  • 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 classic needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT AFTER 30th March
  • Do not drive across the Scottish and Welsh borders unless necessary as, currently, those countries are yet to change their rules.
  • For more information on COVID-19 visit
  • To view UK Government advice visit: 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.

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

**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.

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.

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 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.

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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