Newsletter February 2021

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


Wiltshire Region AGM, Thursday, 11 March. See details.

Calne Rotary Classic Car Run, Sunday, 23 May. See details.

Lions On The Green, Devizes, Sunday, 13 June. See details.

Cherished Vehicles Show, Sunday, 22 August. Details to come.

Wiltshire Region AGM, Thursday, 11 March.

Like so many other activities, due to the coronavirus lockdown, our Annual General Meeting this year will be a little different.

It will be held, as usual, in conjunction with our March meeting, but with the added opportunity for members, who can’t take part in the virtual meeting, to express their opinion via a postal or e-mail vote. Full details and information were sent out, via e-mail or post, in early February, to all members of the Wiltshire Region paid up to the end of 2020.

The Agenda for the meeting was attached with the January newsletter for members.

If you have any nominations for Committee - other than those already listed – or any matters to be discussed under Any Other Business, please let me have details by 11 March LATEST so that they can be discussed at the AGM.

Membership Subscriptions Are Now Due

The bad news is that it’s the time of year when Membership subscriptions become due. The good news is that it is still only a fiver – less than a gallon of petrol, as I always point out. Cash or cheques, payable to Wiltshire Region Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, to me at 17 Lake View, Calne, Wilts, SN11 8JA please.

This request does NOT apply to any new members who have joined our region since the beginning of October, and are automatically paid up until end 2021, or anyone who has already paid, in advance, for this coming year.

Those affected by this have been contacted individually.

February Virtual Meeting

Our February meeting was moved to the 17th of the month as we had been invited to take part in the virtual talk being given by Nigel Thorley to the West Sussex region. As well as being the editor of the Jaguar Enthusiast magazine, he is a well-respected author in his own right with several books on Jaguar matters to his name.

Su Freeman, our vice Chairman summarised the talk – entitled Me and My Cars (153 Not Out) as follows:

Quite a few of the members know Nigel and have very much enjoyed his talks in the past.

This turned out to be no exception, as seventy-three members had signed in to the Zoom meeting and it was nice to be able to give a wave to a few Wiltshire members who were spotted, including Nigel Evans, Sue Wilthew, Andy Ffolkes.

Well, what can you say about such a widely mesmerizing selection of motor vehicles to have owned. The flow of words took us each individually down our own memory lanes from the fondness of the first car to the excitement of our first “fast car”, winding along in our minds to the first Jaguar we owned.

We viewed the Triumph Herald (my first car), the Cortina’s, the MG’s (who did not love their MG and confess to still knowing the number plate), to the smile it brought us all, the “Del Boy” Robin Reliant, the Ford Zephyr, the Austin Allegro (AGro as mine was called because it was) and the amazing Morris 1000 Works Van purchased for £27.50 (I think we all wished that price tag was still around) and a hearse. We later heard how a few of our members have owned a hearse!

Then we got to the brief outline of some of Nigel’s amazing Jaguars and his thoughts on “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” through the years. I think we were all sat there with our thoughts of our own views, cars and choices made. Nigel’s memory is an utterly amazing faculty by which his mind has stored and remembered such information in such clarity.

After a wistful drift along, the evening ended with a short question and answers section which touched on the future of Jaguar and where they will go - a future new road down the alternative route to “the old fossil” we have all been used to…

Zero Ethanol Fuel Update

Good news for those of you with older Jaguars who are concerned about the potential damage caused by the introduction of Ethanol into the fuel system.

Esso Synergy Supreme + 99, with the red label (not the blue label) on the pump handle, is Ethanol free. This can be confirmed by calling up the Esso website and clicking on Synergy Fuels. A recent development has seen Supreme + go from 97 to 99. The pump handle is still marked E5, but this is to comply with government regulations. The petrol is ethanol free.

Admittedly, this grade of petrol is more expensive but, if you are not using your classic Jaguar for everyday transport, the overall increase in cost will make little difference over the year and you may have saved on expensive repair bills.

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.

Coming Events

Calne Rotary Classic Car Run, Sunday, 23 May

Covid regulations permitting, the Calne Rotary is organising its annual Classic Car Run on Sunday, 23 May. This covers approximately 70 miles of Wiltshire countryside, starting from Calne Leisure Centre and finishing in Pewsey.

Entries are £26 per car and lunch is available for £8.50 if pre-booked. Entry forms and more information is available from Don Westcott if you are interested.

Lions On The Green, Devizes, Sunday, 13 June

All of you should have received information– either by e-mail or post - re this event being organised by the Devizes Lions. Entry forms should be returned to Don Westcott at 17 Lake View, Calne, SN11 8JA and, as this is a charity fund raising event, entry fees will be paid by the region. It is dependent, of course, on the Covid restrictions being relaxed by this date.

At the moment, entries are being restricted, due to space limitations, to owners of pre-1970 cars. However, if entry numbers don’t reach expectations, this restriction may be relaxed, nearer to the date of the event, to include more modern vehicles. I’ll keep you informed.

Next Meeting

As you will be aware, all regional monthly meetings have been cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus restrictions, but why not join us for next our Virtual Meeting in March which includes our Annual General Meeting.


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]