Jaguar Car Club Visit
We were delighted to spend a day with Jaguar, touring the manufacturing plant of the F type sports car and visiting the new Classic Centre. Whilst staying near the Balti heaven of Birmingham we started proceedings with an exceedingly good curry dinner. Morning arrived without incident. The day began with a comprehensive look at the newly built body and assembly plant – admiring the combination of slow time handwork and extraordinarily dextrous robots. This is one of those rare plants where you see sheet metal arriving and fully built cars leaving – impressive and absorbing. Two beautiful E-Types heralded the Distillers arrival at the vast new Classic Centre, which holds the workshops, heritage vehicles and sales area. This is a huge investment in the brand and the idea, supported personally by the TATA family; the business sense is clear when you hear of the project to make 25 “new” D-Type racing models missing from the original register and 9 of the ultra rare XKSS road car version which were lost in the 1957 fire – at a cool £1 million each – and they sold out in days. There was such an outcry at the ending of the Land Rover Defender that it is now being reborn from donor vehicles. The rumour is that it will be back in production again in modern format before long. Meanwhile there are 400 vehicles in store awaiting exercise or restoration!