Started in 1998 to support the XK 50th anniversary event at Donington the interest was such that the idea was floated of running a permanent race series. After a huge amount of hard work and commitment from the Club, in particular Terry Dye, and in 1999 JEC Racing was born. Since then, our racing has gone from strength to strength. Whilst some series have come & gone, the original XK series continues to flourish alongside the Hawthorn Challenge, and our Saloon & GT Championship for the more modern cars. See history for more information.

A racing history of Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club

June 1998

The Jaguar XK50 event was organised by us and was a tremendous success as a large number of XK's were persuaded out on to the track. The strong view was 'Why can't we do this more often?'


Drivers and a large number of Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club members attended venues as diverse as Silverstone, Croft, Co Durham and Croix in France. This brought grids of 8-12 cars, which was quite encouraging for the first year. Also in 1999, the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club held a Sprint along Blackpool seafront, Hillclimb at Northern Day, Harewood & Sprint at the Dragster Strip at Santa Pod, Northants. Additionally two Trackdays were held at Mallory Park, Leicestershire where 180 Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club members were professionally coached and let loose on the circuit in their road cars.


Five Race Series' were scheduled. These were E-Type, XJS, XK, Saloon & Jaguar Powered Challenges. Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club highlights of the year included the 25th Anniversary of the XJS at Donington. This continued throughout 2001-2006 and included better circuits, bigger grids and some very special events. There was the invite to run a race at Zandvoort in Holland as part of the British Sports Car Festival, and the E-Type celebrations at Donington. This was a great success and voted 'Race Meeting of the Year' by the racing fraternity.

Additionally, a large number of our cars regularly race at Spa, Monthlery, Angouleme & Phoenix Park, as well as some of our XKs also taking part in Historic Le Mans. By the end of 2006, Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club racing had arrived!


Proved our best season to date with larger grids overall. When the championship season for 2007 was over the icing on the cake for many drivers, was a fun team race at Brands Hatch, the Birkett six-hour trophy race at Silverstone, and to cap it all, some drivers took their cars to Daytona, USA for a terrific weekends' racing combined with a holiday.


Continued to be highly successful for Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Racing. A mark of our success was the number of sponsors who wished to be associated with Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Racing and still are.


Brought continued sponsorship from: Toyo Tires - XJSs, Jaguar Classic Parts - Saloons. Vredestein Tyres - XKs. With Jaguar World and Martin Robey Group offering blanket sponsorship. The XK Championship continued with the Masters Cloth Cap Series to run in longer (45 minute) races. The Masters Series run very successful historic racing in UK and Europe and is a natural home for the XKs.

The 'Powered by Jaguar' cars run with the CSCC as part of the Sports v Saloons races & numbers continue to increase with some very unusual jaguar-powered cars promised. A record 44 Jaguar XKs took to the grid at the prestigious Silverstone Classic; truly a sight to behold.


Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Racing continued going from strength to strength despite the recession. However, this was the 50th Anniversary of the E-Type and Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club assisted in preparing for whole Series, supported by Jaguar Cars. This culminated in a race at the Goodwood Revival, THE most famous meeting in the world.


This season saw continued success with support from Vredestein Tyres, Classic Jaguar Parts, Jaguar World Magazine, Toyo Tyres & Classic Spares. The Saloons & XJSs shared a grid and a fascinating battle between the two. The Championship was finally resolved with Chris Palmer (XJS) winning from Gail Hill(XJ40).


We already have a full racing calendar, running at least 20 Races and 3 Trackdays, so, visit the Diary and join us at races meetings.

For Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Regions we offer talks on Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Racing and, if a Region attends a race meeting, we can schedule ' Paddock Walkabouts' to introduce drivers and give close-up inspection of race cars. Perhaps even a visit to Race Control at suitable circuits to see how a race meeting functions.


Some exciting new events were planned for 2013.

At Mallory Park on May 27th, a Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club race will be televised for the first time, demonstrating how respected the Club has become in the racing scene. This will be a round of the Jaguar Classic Parts Saloon & GT Championship & promises to be an exciting race as up to 30 cars battle on this 1.1 mile circuit.

After a number of years' absence, the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club will run 4 races at Pembrey circuit in South Wales.

Following the outstanding success of the JEC Pre '66 Jaguar race at Castle Combe in October 2012, we were invited back to this major event on October 6th 2013.


Racing continues apace with the Classic Spares/Toyo Tyres Jaguar Saloon & GT Championship again headlining at many events. Throughout the last 10 years this has been run at the excellent Classic Sports Car Club race meetings. These meetings offer 8-9 other races on the day, covering all sorts of club racing. A race weekend at the picturesque Anglesey circuit, located alongside the sea. A challenging circuit with the fascinating Gooseneck bends offering a challenge for the big Jaguars. We also ran at Castle Combe, one of the fastest circuits in the UK. The Vredestein Jaguar XKs, running with the Aston Martin Owners Club in the 50's Sports Car races, a good match with the other cars. The XKs got to run on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, a rare honour.

This season saw the demise of the Powered by Jaguar races due to insufficient entries.


Our racing continued to be as successful as previous with the XKs again running with AMOC & the championship, for more modern Jaguars, with CSCC. Also included in the calendar were 2 races at Rockingham, returning after a few years' absence. This circuit, banked for 50% of the lap includes a tight, infield series of bends. Seeing the Jaguars at pace on the banking is a stirring sight. Again the JEC 'Pre 66 Jaguar race at the Castle Combe Autumn Classic proved to be a crown please, with XKs, E Types & MKI/II saloons fighting it out


Racing in UK continued with the added honour of the Saloons & GTs invited to take part in the British Sports Car Festival at Zandvoort, Holland. In pouring rain the Jaguars proved extremely popular & we are invited bak for 2017.Large grids for the championship were boosted by the inclusion of the first XK8 to run. The fastest circuit in the UK hosted the Jaguars in a televised race weekend.


Hawthorn Challenge added by a consortium of racers looking to aim towards a stand-alone Jaguar Saloon grid and is for Pre 1960 saloons, Mk 1, Mk2, Mk7, 8 & 9 and inspired by the Hawthorn legacy and influenced by the well supported Castle Combe Autumn Classic JEC Pre’66 Jaguar races, which has been run for the last five years. A hit with spectators, 2015 saw a record 11 Jaguar MK 1’s racing in what was the highlight of the meeting. The Autumn Classic now forms a part of the Hawthorn Challenge season.


With a full racing calendar, running at least 20 Races and 2 Track Days, please visit the diary and join us at races meetings, we will be pleased to show groups and regions around the paddock and will be pleased to arrange regional talks. Our Track Days are very inclusive and we welcome all members and their guests.

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