News Letter May 2020

May News letter

Welcome to the Newsletter of the Wiltshire Region of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club.



Atwell-Wilson Evening Show, Wed, 20 May. CANCELLED.

Cherished Vehicles Show, Sunday, 7 June. CANCELLED.

Lackham Historic Vehicles Show, Wednesday, 17 June. Details to come.

Wessex Midsummer Show, Sat/Sun, 20/21 June. CANCELLED.

Chipping Sodbury Classic Car Run, Sunday, 28 June. CANCELLED

Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally, Sat/Sun, 4/5 July. CANCELLED.

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, Sat/Sun, 11/12 July. See details.

Seend Fete, Saturday, 8 August. Details to come.

Christmas Lunch, Sunday, 6 December. Details to come.

Wiltshire Happenings

How did you enjoy the Emoji Quiz ? A little more testing, I think, than the Chocolate Quiz, as no one rushed to tell me that they had all the answers. There’s another test of the old grey matter attached. This may suit the older members amongst us.

Su Freeman, our Vice Chairman, is trying to establish a Virtual Meeting each month using the Zoom App. Details have been sent out but we’ve only received five positive responses so far. If you are interested, do let Su or myself know asap, otherwise we will give it a miss.

Regrettably, the list of event cancellations is still growing but one possible light at the end of the tunnel is the Atwell-Wilson Classic Car show in July. I’m told by the organisers that they do not need to make a decision until mid-June, but tickets may be limited, so book your car in NOW.

My suggestion last month for a feature called “Jaguars I Have Owned” has resulted in a couple of submissions which are published on pages 3 & 4. As we don’t know how long this lockdown will go on for, any contribution, although preferably motoring biased, is welcome to help fill the newsletter – don’t be shy! Perfect prose is not necessary as I can always edit it to suit the style of our newsletter.

Meanwhile, keep yourself safe and well so that you are ready to spring into action once the restrictions are lifted.

Membership Subscriptions Are Now Over Due

Many thanks to those of you who have already renewed their membership subscriptions.

A reminder was sent out, a month ago, to those of you who have not renewed. If you did not respond, please note that this will be your last monthly newsletter from Wiltshire Region.

It’s still only a fiver. Cash or cheque, payable to Wiltshire Region Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, to me at 17 Lake View, Calne, Wilts, SN11 8JA please.

Club Regalia

Printed products are available from Paul and Beverlee Clarke, two of our club members. They can put almost any design onto clothing, mugs, key rings, and many other items.

Beverlee can be contacted on 07545 451014 or e-mail [email protected].

Galileo Clothing, who are now based on Hopton Park Ind. Estate, Devizes, hold the embroidery software for our logo and they offer a range of clothing. For more information, have a look at their website on or phone 01380 724442 and ask for Tim.

Jaguars I Have Owned – Robin Allum Pt 1

Since passing my driving test back in August 1964, I’ve owned a variety of cars starting with a Vauxhall Victor. This was followed by a 1957 Austin Westminster A95, then a 1961 Wolseley 6/99 automatic, and, after that, a 1962 Wolseley 6/110. Just after I bought the 6/110, I had my first drive in a Jaguar Mk II 2.4 litre and I was smitten.

In September 1967, I saw a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 litre advertised for sale at £400. Then, one evening, in April 1969, I was on a country lane when a lorry cut a corner and hit the off side of the car, it was a three month battle to get the car repaired. As soon as the car was back with me I wanted to get rid of it and saw a 1964 Jaguar 3.8 'S', in gunmetal grey, chrome wire wheels and tweaked engine for £720.

The 3.8 'S' was wonderful and it did go very well - I had the black marks on my licence to prove it. It was my everyday car for work but at only 13 mpg it was proving expensive to run so, in 1973, I bought a Triumph Herald estate to use work. At this time work in electrical contracting was drying up so I went into electrical maintenance. Being based only 7 miles away from home I no longer needed the Triumph so I sold it.

The Series One Jaguar XJ6 was now beginning to fall into my price range so I began to look for the economical 2.8 model. I could not give my 3.8 'S' away, yet I did not want to sell it but had nowhere to store it. In January 1975 I eventually part exchanged the 3'8 'S' when I bought a 1969 Jaguar XJ6 2.8 litre in British racing green, a colour I always wanted, for £900.

The XJ6 2.8 was not good as the engine failed and the ride was uncomfortable and not as it should be. I found out sometime later there was a batch of tyres that had a problem and sold off cheap and, as for being economical, it was as bad as the 3.8 'S' I sold in October 1976 for £880. I had been looking for a 4.2 XJ6 and found a 1972 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series 1 in Sable brown with electric windows. It was one of the best around and cost me £2300.

In August 1979, while on contract to Thames Water, I came across a sad looking Ford Zephyr 4 Mk4, with damaged front wing and driver’s door and with the registration of 4050 R. Was it for sale ? It turned out to be owned by “Big Tony” who explained that the car had had an accident and the insurance company had offered him £200, but he felt it was worth £250.

I only wanted the registration number but, to transfer it, the car has to have an MOT and road tax. I bought it, fitted a second hand wing and door, re-sprayed it and used it to go to work until I found a car to fit the number on, as by this time I really fancied a Jaguar XJ6 4.2 litre series 2. In February 1980 I found one. It was a one owner, very low mileage 1975 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series 2 and priced at £3950.

I then had to arrange the transfer of the registration number. The Ford had to be vetted by the local vehicle tax officer, she gave it a careful look over and agreed it was all correct. The XJ6 was my everyday car for a few years until I had a company vehicle and then it was used very little until I joined the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club in 1985.

To be continued………….

Jaguars I Have Owned – Andy Newton

About seventeen years ago, where I was living in Royal Wootton Bassett there was a rotten XJ 40 sitting in a driveway. By the look of it, it had been there some time.

One day, the guy that owned the Jaguar called my son over as we were doing some jobs on his car. “Would your dad like my Jaguar as I don’t drive now and I have seen how you and your dad look after cars.” My son was taken back and said my dad has waited forty years to have one.

It was agreed for me to go over and see the car and the owner. The inside was in good condition, however, the body was not. There was going to be some body work to be done but nothing too bad. On returning to his house he sorted out the paper work. By then, I was getting nervous about the price. Then he said “I am giving you the Jaguar if you still want it.” Where do I sign ? I could not believe my luck.

He said that my son had told him how much I would love one, one day. So, four weeks later the XJ40 was MoT’d and on the road, body work done. The chap was so pleased to see what we had done but, unfortunately, two weeks later he passed away. I kept the XJ40 for four years until I bought my XJS which I still drive today.

Coming Events

Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, Saturday/Sunday, 11/12 July

As already mentioned on page 2, it is possible that this show will still take place so don’t delay booking your ticket, if you haven’t already done so, as numbers may be limited.

As last year, this is now a two-day event. On Saturday afternoon, starting at 4pm, there will be a road run, lasting about two hours, finishing back at the Museum for a Bar-B-Q. Sunday will be the normal static display, with a reserved area for our club, plus a collection of autojumble, tombola and trade stands.

In addition, there will be a food stall, beer tent and the usual afternoon’s entertainment. More details, entry forms, etc are now available on the museum website then click on the “Book Now” for a link to the booking page.

Entry to the display area on Sunday, to pre-registered cars, will be FREE for the driver and one passenger. However, there will be a charge, at a special reduced rate, if you want to visit the museum. Naturally, anyone who is a Supporter of the Museum – used to be called a Friend - will not be charged.

If any of you are interested, but don’t have internet access, let me know and I will download a ticket for you. As always, in addition to the above, let me know, via your Diary Dates form, if you are coming to this show so that I can reserve enough space for us all to park together.

Next Meeting

As you will be aware, all regional monthly meetings have been cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus restrictions. Watch this space for more information !!


Committee: Don Westcott (Chairman / Membership Secretary / Newsletter Editor) 01249 821854, [email protected]; Su Freeman (Vice Chairman) 07388 813331, [email protected]; Graham Savage (Treasurer) 01225 791027, [email protected]; Kevin Short 07557 659516, [email protected]; Robin Allum 01249 811409, [email protected]; Martin Ruddle 01249 813085, [email protected]; Martin Mantell 01225 760597, [email protected]

Wiltshire Region JEC, c/o 17 Lake View, Quemerford, Calne, Wilts, SN11 8JA.

Tel: 01249 821854 or E-mail: [email protected]


Wiltshire Region Market Place

Car Transportation & Storage

16 foot transporter trailer, with towing vehicle, available to club members by arrangement.

Contact Ian Davis on 01672 841294 or mobile 07734 053147

Car storage in a dry secure barn near Melksham. Long or short term. A few places still available. Contact Nigel Evans on 07703 293767 for further information.

Local Suppliers Directory

Please let Don Westcott, on 01249 821854 or [email protected], have any recommendations gained from personal experience.

Jaguar Servicing

Frankham Motor Services, Swindon Road Garage, Chippenham Road, Lyneham, Wilts, SN15 4NX. Tel: 01249 890809. Contact: Ian Frankham.

Townsend Motors, Broughton Gifford, Wilts, SN12 8LX. Tel: 01225 783068. Contact: Neil Townsend.

Autoclassico, Henfield Business Park, Westerleigh, Bristol, BS36 2UP. Tel: 01179 569115. Contact: Mike Mercer.

Park Lane Autos, Unit 4, Commercial Centre, Potley Lane, Corsham, SN13 9RH. Tel No: 01225 811745. Contact Steve or Richard.

Julian Ferraro, Unit 14, Barnack Ind. Estate, Wilton, Wilts, SP2 0AW. Tel: 01722 743935.

Mike Wood Tyres, Nursteed Road, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 3DY. Tel: 01380 727481.

Wiltshire Jaguar Centre, Unit 2, Station Industrial Estate, Swindon, Wilts, SN1 5DE. Tel: 01793 612870. Contact: Paul Titheradge. See advert on back page.

Melksham Car Care, Station Approach, Bath Road, Melksham, Wilts, SN12 8DB. Tel: 01225 703014; E-mail: [email protected]. Contact Steve Kerslake.


Calne Auto Repair Services, Unit 6, Maundrell Road, Porte Marsh Industrial Estate, Calne, Wilts, SN11 9PU. Tel: 01249 816760. Contact: Tony Nott.

RSV Refinishers Ltd, 133 Engineer Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wilts, BA13 4JW. Tel: 01373 858730 or 07875 338064. Contact: Bob Vince.

Benham Bodyworks Ltd, Unit 3, Penhill Ind. Estate, Calne, Wilts, SN11 8RR. Tel: 01249 821499.

The Motor Garage, Netheravon, Salisbury, Wilts, SP4 9RH. Tel: 01980 670348. M: 07811 954431

Contact: James Russell.

Nic Pollastrone, 29 Dallas Road, Chippenham, SN15 1LE. Tel: 01249 652400. M:07833 177278.

Screentech, The Smart Repairers. Minor repairs at your home. 70 New Road, Studley, Calne, Wilts, SN11 9LX. Contact Glen Smart 07977 070447 or Tel: 0800 530 0835..

Soda/Shot Blasting

RJH Blast Cleaning Services, Semington, Wilts. Tel: 01225 767703 or 07988 774211. E-mail: [email protected]. Contact Roger Harrow.

Colin Read, Brimslade Farm, Wooton Rivers, Marlborough, Wilts, SN8 4NG. Tel: 07768 321691.


Haskins Garage, High Street, Wroughton, Wilts,SN4 9JX. Tel: 01793 814888. Contact Justyn or Steve.

Vehicle Vinyl Wrapping

Monsterwraps Ltd. Unit 2F, Herald Industrial Estate, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2JW.

Tel: 023 8023 6001. E-mail: [email protected]. Discount for JEC members.


David Lonsdale: Classic carburetters rebuilt. Manual choke conversions. Jaguar specialist. Cirencester Tel: 07786 912011. E-mail: [email protected]


Grange Jaguar Swindon. Tel: 01793 414276.

Guy Salmon Jaguar, 809 Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 5NL. 0117 9755 200.

Tyres and Balancing (inc Wire Wheels)

Challenge Tyre Service, 132 Engineer Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wilts, BA13 4JW. Tel: 01373 825551. Contact: Hugh Gunning.

Cross Country Tyres, Unit 6, Porte Marsh Rd, Calne, Wilts, SN11 9BW. Tel: 01249 811145.

Mike Wood Tyres, Nursteed Road, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 3DY. Tel: 01380 727481.

Melksham Tyres, Station Road, Melksham, Wilts, SN12 8BN. Tel: 01225 703529.


Fry & Sons, Fishpool, Bristol. Tel: 01179 650600

South West Auto Trimming, Unit 5, 9 Harris Road, Porte Marsh Industrial Estate, Calne, Wilts, SN11 9PT. Tel: 01249 813865 or 07910 993543. Contact Peter Smith.

Alloy Wheel Refurbishment

MyAlloys, Unit 9, Lion Court, Roentgen Road. Basingstoke, RG24 8QU. Tel: 01256 329444.

Contact: Alan or Carl.

Pro Alloys. Intercity Trading Estate, Melksham, Wilts, SN12 8DE. Tel: 01225 703007.

Windscreen Replacement

Whitehorse Windscreens, Unit 8, Cory Way, West Wiltshire Trading Estate, Westbury, Wilts, BA13 4QT. Tel: 07966 218715/01747 851398/01373 824828. Contact: Clive Bryant.

Disclaimer: The above services are recommended in good faith and are based on the personal experience of Wiltshire members but neither the Wiltshire Region nor the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club can accept any responsibility for them should there be any dispute.

Diary Dates – 2019

Which Events Are You Coming To ?

As always, this is not an absolute commitment but just an indication of possible interest.

Please complete the relevant details and put a tick against the events that are of interest.


Car:………………………Colour:…………………… Reg No:………………………


Lackham Historic Vehicles Wednesday, 17 June □ Number of people…...

Atwell-Wilson Summer Show Sunday, 12 July □ Number of people…..

Seend Fete Saturday, 8 August □ Number of people…..

Christmas Lunch Sunday, 6 December □ Number of people…...

In addition to the above, please complete the following:

I confirm that the Wiltshire Region of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club has my consent to hold this information and to share it with third parties for the purposes of organising Club and Region programmes and events.

Please return the form to Don Westcott, Wiltshire Region JEC, c/o 17 Lake View, Quemerford, Calne, Wilts, SN11 8JA. Alternatively, Tel: 01249 821854 or

E-mail:[email protected]