July news

Chairman's message for July 2020. For the full newsletter, please go to http://s522029234.websitehome.co.uk/temporarydata/Newsletter159_Jul20.pdf

Let me start my message with some good news, by saying I am sure we are all looking forward to 4th July as, probably, is most of America. I am pleased to see the government has announced that from that date the 2m social distancing rule will be reduced to one meter plus, together with lifting many other restrictions.

Another month has gone by and we have now passed the longest day of the year. So many shows and events have been cancelled or postponed until 2021. However, hopefully not all will be lost this year, especially now that the restrictions are easing somewhat.

In June we held a Zoom video conference Committee Meeting, our first and whilst it was certainly not the same as meeting in person, we successfully managed to cover our agenda including the expectation and hope of being able to arrange meets and associated events before the end of the summer. It is certainly looking likely that we will be able to let our Jaguars out to play at least for a few outings before the end of the car season.

One such event is coming next month. The Jaguar Drivers Club Area 33 is arranging a Car Meet at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 23rd August, which we have been invited to attend. It is anticipated that this will be attended by several car clubs and will be by invitation only. It will not be advertised to the general public. At present I have had 20 cars showing a possible interest in attending. If you would like to be part of this, please let me know.

At this time, we do not know when or under what form we will be able to look at recommencing our club nights. I expect it will be a few months yet before we can consider holding such a gathering. With this and all other matters, I will email our membership as soon as we have news.

Hopefully in the next few weeks we will have an update regarding our September Peak District tour. At this time, we have not received any real update as to if, and how, the hotel can cater for our stay. Watch this space for further developments.

I have noticed recently a fair number of classic cars of all marques being driven around. It is great to see them out and about. I enjoy seeing the cars as much as no doubt their owners are enjoying driving them. With this in mind, whilst we have restrictions on meeting up at present, I am hoping that before too long we can arrange a Sunday get-together and drive. My thought is to meet somewhere local and take a scenic drive to a park or place with enough space for members to park, and socially meet in whatever group sizes as allowed at the time of the drive. It would be the opportunity for members to see other fellow members that they have not seen for some time. If you would be interested in taking part, or have any suggestions for such a morning run, I would be pleased to hear from you. We should be mindful, however, that some venues will require advance booking if they are on, for example, National Trust property.

I hope by the time of next month's newsletter we will have more to say about meetings and club events. Fingers crossed, the Covid-19 situation continues to improve and life can get back to nearer normal.

And finally, you may have noticed that we have been running various quizzes in the newsletter and trust that you are enjoying answering them. As a reward for your indulgence, the Committee have decided that the first person to email the correct answers for either the “Before They Were Famous” or “Name the Car” quiz will receive via the post/other delivery method, a bottle of wine. Emails should be sent to myself and you should include your home address and your choice of red, white or rose wine. In the event that we receive no completely correct entry, the one with the highest score will win.

Stay safe.

Graham Cook