May news

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Hello Everyone

Well let's start with the good news. The weather has mainly been splendid with bright sunshine most days over the last month.

Now that's just about all the good news mentioned. Well, it feels like that at times. Whilst I fully appreciate that we all need to keep everyone as safe as we can during the Coronavirus lockdown, I really miss being able to see friends and have a normal social life. I am sure you all feel the same. No doubt things will improve before too long.

We certainly are in more challenging times than any of us have ever seen. With the restricted movements we have to endure at present, we hardly have any schedule of shows or events this year. Many events have been 'postponed until next year', which actually means they have been cancelled this year, and we have to wait until next year for the event to take place. One such event is the Le Mans Classic which has been postponed to 1-4 July 2021. The JEC Summer Jaguar Festival has only been postponed until 21-23 August 2020; we will have to wait and see whether the re-arranged show will be able to take place or not. Rest assured, once we are allowed to undertake events in some form or other the committee will arrange as many, in whatever format, as we will be allowed.

My XK8 was on SORN for the winter. I was looking forward to taxing it in April, ready for the car season. What a shame we couldn't undertake Drive-It Day; the weather was fantastic on the day it had been due to take place. Since there is little point in taxing my XK8 I have left it on SORN, and I’ve also now put on SORN my XJS and XJ8.

As you will have seen in one of my emails this month, it was sad news that one of our members Albert Neall has passed away. Albert had been a member of our region for close on 20 years and I always found him an entertaining person with a story or two to tell, especially when he told me the history of how his cars had been rebuilt. Due to the very limited numbers that can attend funerals at present, only the close members of the family were able to attend the funeral. The family would have liked to have had a procession of our members Jaguars attend but, unfortunately of course, we were not able to do this.

In the last month we have lost a motoring legend, Sir Stirling Moss, at the age of 90. He drove for many teams, including Jaguar of course, during his long racing career, achieving 16 Grand Prix victories in total.

In this issue you will find the answers to last months 'Before They Were Famous' quiz, and a new quiz for this month prepared by Richard Gibby. As another brain teaser for you, we also have a 'Name The Make and Model' quiz prepared by Neil Shanley. Answers to both quizzes will be given in next month’s newsletter.

It was 'my turn' to produce the newsletter this month, I hope I have managed to do it justice, close to the previous standard achieved by Richard Gibby and Neil Shanley. In any case, I hope you enjoy it. It is your newsletter, so please let us know if you have any thoughts about it and, as always, your articles are most welcome.

Stay safe, and let's hope we are allowed out to play with our Jaguars before too long.

Graham Cook
JEC Essex Thameside region