January news

Essex Thameside Chairman's message for January 2020 and the beginnings of a list of future events.

For the full newsletter, please go to http://s522029234.websitehome.co.uk/temporarydata/Newsletter153_Jan20.pdf

Hello Essex Thameside members.

I hope you all enjoyed a festive Christmas. Our committee and I would like to wish you a very healthy and Happy New Year.

As usual at this time of year, the next couple of months will be quiet for club events. Following the success of our Sunday lunch in November, we are planning another in February.

The committee are also looking at the shows and events in 2020 for which dates have already been announced, and we have started to plan which ones we would like to attend as a club.

It was good to see such a good turnout of members and partners at our December club night. We had a lot of rather nice prizes in our raffle, including some items donated by members. I thought that I might lose my voice shouting out so many raffle ticket numbers. We were able to eat sausage rolls, mince pies and chocolates placed on the tables, whilst we sat and racked our brains, doing our best to answer to the multi-category quiz prepared by Gill and Bob Cain.

We still have some 2020 club calendars available to be purchased at our January club night. This year’s splendid artwork has one car each month in what I would describe as an art deco drawn format. Priced at £3 for the kitchen calendar and £4 for the large A3 version, they will look superb on your walls.

With all the recent news in the press regarding electric cars, I was wondering how long it will be before the majority of driving schools switch over to them.

At present, I presume that the majority of learners take their tests in manual gearbox cars and passing allows them to drive both manual and automatic cars. Since electric cars only have one forward gear, does this mean that new licence holders will not be able to drive manual petrol or diesel cars?

Whilst we may think this does not matter, it could prevent future generations driving most classic cars. It wouldn't affect my Jaguars, as they are automatics, but will it eventually affect their value?

Personally, I have nothing against electric cars, and I guess it’s the only viable way to power cars over the coming decades.

A Jaguar World reader commented in the magazine that electric cars are presently in the 'Ford Model T' stage of development and, no doubt, electric car technology will move forward in leaps over the next couple of decades.

I expect that, in a few years’ time, we will look at today's electric cars and wonder why they had such a long charge time and short range. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I shall continue to enjoy driving my petrol V8 Jaguars as a true petrolhead.

Of course future governments will make it harder for us to drive our internal combustion-engined cars in the years ahead.

So let’s enjoy our Jaguars and drive them to as many shows and events as we can in 2020 and future years.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our next club night will be on Tuesday 7 January, at Langdon Hills Golf Club. You are welcome to bring along, for our raffle, any Christmas gifts that you can't find a home for.

Graham Cook

07767 888 040

Forthcoming events in 2020

Tuesday 7 January - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 4 February - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February - London Classic Car Show, London Olympia

Tuesday 3 March - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 7 April - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Sunday 26 April - ‘Drive It’ Day; details to follow

Tuesday 5 May - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May - National JEC Summer Jaguar Festival, Newby Hall, Ripon, N Yorks, HG4 5JA. https://events.jec.org.uk/even...

Tuesday 2 June - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July - National JEC package tour to the Le Mans Classic 2020 in France. See: https://events.jec.org.uk/even...

Tuesday 7 July - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August - National JEC stand at the Silverstone Classic 2020

Tuesday 4 August - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 1 September - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 6 October - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 3 November - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 1 December - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club