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The Award Winning Newsletter of


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Issue #194 October 2021

Circle Tour Report

Sooke Prowl Report

Oak Bay Classic Car Show Pictures

Synthetic Fuel to the Rescue?

Jags at Cowichan Fair Report

Restoration of an XKR

JLR vs VW Lawsuit Settled

Transborder Shopping

Wants and For Sale

Hospice Events

Let ‘em ride their brooms, I’m going to get a Jaguar!




THE JAGUAR CAR CLUB OF VICTORIA 2017 Cadboro Bay Road, Box 112

Victoria BC Canada V8R 5G4

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Editor: Malcolm Baster Associate Editor: Lois Smith

Events: Malcolm Baster

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Words from the President 4

JCNA Report 4

Circle Tour Report 5

Sooke Prowl Report 7

JLR and the UN Climate Summit 8 Oak Bay Classic Car Show Pics 9 Euro Cars & Coffee Pics 10 Jaguar Mk 2 Introduction 10 Faux Fuel to Save Us? 11 Cowichan Fair Report 12

Auto Theft Stats 12

Tata Returns to the Skies 14 XKR Restoration in Words and Pics 15 JLR vs VW Lawsuit Settled 18 Transborder Shopping 19

Timewaster Quiz 20

For Sale or Wanted 21

Chip Shortage Info 22

Victoria Hospice Events 22

Events Calendar 23

Classic XK150 Ad 24





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We have all known, since the 2020 Board of Directors meeting where it was discussed and approved, that an increase in JCNA dues would be implemented in 2022.

The time has now arrived, and clubs across the network are deciding how to charge the increase back to mem- bers, how much to absorb, and when.

This dues increase of $10 USD by JCNA represents the first increase in over 10 years, during which time costs of doing business have risen and been absorbed. When first proposed in 2020, many of us spoke up to request that cost-saving measures in all possible areas be imple- mented, and they have been. Everything from no longer printing/mailing membership cards (saved postage and printing for 5,000 members), internal paid staff restructur- ing, website overhaul change, Jaguar Journal available soon as electronic (saved postage), insurance and busi- ness practice revisions, and so much more. We asked, they responded, and these changes, plus a dues in- crease, will assist JCNA is regaining a healthy financial position going forward.

At the club level, a $10 increase represents our invest- ment in what JCNA continues to and will create to offer members in future. Continued on page 13


Paul Seguna

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JCNA Report

Carole Borgens

I hope that you all have enjoyed Thanksgiving as best you could as we steel ourselves for the winter season ahead! The recent prowl in Sooke, with the visit to a local distillery and lunch at a famed Sooke eatery, was a well attended and most enjoyable get together in wonderful fall weather. Our recent summer/ fall activities were a well-appreciated return to in-person social activities. We look forward to the promise of a full return to our outdoor program in the coming year.

That said, we will soon be looking at a more internal- ized program of events this fall/winter season that will, of necessity, include the continuance of our monthly club online Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. The possibility of resuming in-person monthly meetings at our regular club venue of the CFB Esquimalt Chiefs’ & Petty Officers’ Mess was investigated. Unfortunately, although the venue is open to meetings, it involves restrictions and lacks supporting services due to continuing COVID measures mandated for Dept. of National Defence facili- ties that have been judged to severely limit its utility to the club at present. The policy for our in-person monthly meetings at this venue will be reviewed in the new year in the context of circumstances extant at that time. Ac- cordingly, a Zoom general meeting is planned for 7:30 pm Tuesday 26 Oct during which club issues and future plans will be updated and discussed. More to follow in an email notice of this meeting to be distributed soon.

With the year ahead in mind, we continue to advance our planning and recruitment of volunteers to support the Jaguars On The Island (JOTI) event planned for July 2022. An email was sent recently detailing a lunch meet- ing planned for Saturday 6 November at the Four Mile pub for those interested in volunteering to support the return of this signal annual club event next year. Thanks for the efforts of all those stepping forward to support the resumption of JOTI. Still looking ahead, we are also planning for the club Christmas luncheon to be held at the University of Victoria University Club on Saturday 11 December. More information on this event will be forth- coming soon. In both these cases, the ability of the ven- ues selected to meet our event needs with COVID safety measures in place was evaluated. These two events were seen as justifiably important in-person events for our fall activities program.

We are also beginning preparations for the January AGM and the need to fill current and projected vacancies on the club Board of Directors including the positions of president, vice-president, secretary, membership secre- tary and several vacant director and supporting club po- sitions. The continuity of the club depends on the en- gagement of all our members, and I would ask that you give some consideration to a role on the Board or in fill- ing other club positions. If you are interested or have someone in mind you would like to nominate for consid- eration, please contact the Nominating Committee at

Paul Seguna


The Circle tour

The September 12 Prowl to tackle the Circle Route proved daunting: the 250 km of isolated roads, com- pounded by imposing grey clouds (and the competing draw of the Oak Bay Collector Car Festival) kept most members close to home.

Nonetheless, a hardy few met near Goldstream on Sun- day morning for the trek. By the time Sooke traffic cleared on the West Coast, the sun was shining and summer mist was drifting through the cedars. For those who haven't driven the road in a while, many improvements were not- ed, with sections of road widening and repaving encour- aging an enthusiastic throttle. The occasional bang of the suspension dampeners reminded of the many depres- sions remaining in the asphalt; a sharp eye is required to dance quickly. In time, we slowed to better appreciate the sweeping views to the ocean (and for navigator's knuck- les to unclench).

A picnic at the Pacheedaht First Nations beach was en- joyed, just across the narrow bridge connecting the re- serve to Port Renfrew, and we admired the surfers and fishers in the breaking sandbanks. Onward to Lake Cowi- chan, the road was quiet save for the occasional

motorcycle. The Fairy Creek protestors were given a cheerful wave, and we stopped to admire a truly massive Sitka spruce beautifully situated right next to Harris Creek, a short distance from the road along a flat, well- kept, wheelchair accessible trail.

Passing through Lake Cowichan, a conspicuous Mark II in the parking lot at Saywell Park greeted us. We were met by JCCV members Carol and Steve Yarmie, who invited us to their beautiful lakeside home for coffee and a gar- age tour. Steve's small block Ford V8-powered MGA pre- dates Carroll Shelby's Cobra; the red "Snark" has a great story (and perhaps the subject of a future "Growler" arti- cle).

Heading south, the Malahat was clear and quiet, and we passed our Goldstream starting point 5 1/2 hours after departure, completing the Circle.

JCCV Sunday Prowl, September 12, 2021

Story by Peter Rowand. Photos by Peter Rowand.

May we assume the hunt for the Snark is over?


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The weather gods provided a perfect day on October 3rd for 18 cheerful, intrepid adventurers setting out in their beloved “cats” (and one orange mongrel) for the wilds of Sooke and a visit to the award-winning Sheringham distill- ery.

COVID rules not withstanding, we were able to admire all the shiny equipment through a big window and sample several Sheringham libations, including the World’s Best Modern Gin. Several visitors were seen leaving with dis- creet paper bags.

Next stop was Mom’s Cafe, a popular traditional diner.

Despite staffing and supply issues that seem to be plagu- ing restaurants throughout the region, Mom’s came through for us with prompt service and good food. RSVPs and preordering from their online menu seemed to do the trick.

All in all it was a great day and welcome chance to ease back into pre-COVID Jag Club activities. Also proof that with a bit of tweaking Prowls and other events can be adapted to pandemic rules. We hope more members vol- unteer to organize and host a Prowl. It’s not very difficult and it’s fun for the organizers too.

JCCV Sunday Prowl, October 3, 2021

Story by Terry and Carol McGinty. Photos by Malcolm Baster

More pics on page 20 We meet at the Shell station

The Sheringham distillery

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…”

Humphrey Bogart We enter for our tasting...

Mom’s Café


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Jaguar Land Rover EVs will ferry world leaders at crucial UN climate summit.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced, and the UK Cabinet Office has confirmed, that the automaker will provide a fleet of electric cars to transport world leaders at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, aka the COP26, in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.

If you’re wondering why it’s known as COP26, COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and it’s the 26th UN climate change conference. The COP26 is a make-or-break summit to formulate an actionable worldwide plan to slow global warming.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action toward the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Summit delegates will travel to and from the venue in Jaguar Land Rover’s electric cars.

Thierry Bolloré, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are delighted to partner with COP26 and provide a fleet of all-electric vehicles, including Jaguar I-Pace performance SUVs, to deliver zero-emission transport at the sum- mit.”

The automaker provided similar services at the G7 summit, held in Cornwall this summer.

Jaguar Land Rover aims to achieve zero tailpipe emissions by 2036, and net zero emissions across its supply chain, products, and operations by 2039.

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Lot #250 at Bonham’s recent Goodwood Revival auction is an interesting car. A 1993 Jaguar XJ220 with under 400 miles from new. It is a left hand drive model, having been sold new to an owner in Germany. It lived there in de-humidified storage for 28 years, and then returned to England to be sold. It fetched £460,000 (C$807,227.)


Here are a couple of videos from JLR showing XFs and Range Rovers doing impressive things in the new James Bond movie, “No Time to Die.”

Picture from Bonham’s

Victoria’s top 50 businesses Gala dinner tonight

I suppose we aren’t invited. If only you had advertised in the Growler!


It seems that a Malaysian man has completely covered his Jaguar with toy cars.


Oak Bay Classic Car Show Sunday, September 12

This page sent by Lois Smith

Unfortunately, this short-notice event clashed with the JCCV September Sunday Prowl, to the detriment of the Prowl. It turned into a beautiful sunny day and the crowds, including many of our members, turned out in Oak Bay.

Chris Moyse with the 1969 E-Type coupe previously owned by Graham Walker.

Dick and Linda Auchinleck with Dick’s Triumph. His blue Deuce was also on display further up the street.


Everybody’s JOTI favourite: John Holland’s magnifi- cent 1950 Mk V and dinghy.


Ya just gotta love those big ol’ boats!

This started life as a 1950 Studebaker. Would Raymond Loewy be amused?


On Friday, October 2nd, 1959 the Jaguar Mark 2 saloon was introduced. (Production had commenced in July of that year.) The Mk2 of 1959 was a logical develop- ment to the original sports saloon, which then became known as the Mk1. While the shell was basically the same, clever refreshing by William Lyons with a broader grille, re-contoured rear end and more glass area mod- ernised the looks, which still delight to this day. Inside the instruments were sited in front of the driver, there were new seats (with those famous picnic tables), a better heater (well, sort of) and a raft of other improvements.

Mechanically, the biggest change was to the rear suspen- sion where a wider track went a long way to counter the skittish behaviour of the original, while it’s often forgotten that the front end used re-angled wishbones at the same time to tighten handling further. The 2.4 and 3.4 models were quickly joined in 1960 with the now iconic 3.8-litre model, using the legendary engine that was soon to fea- ture in the E-Type, albeit in lower 220bhp tune for the sa- loon. But the car did have a limited slip diff plus the option of a higher-geared power steering system.

The Mark 2 gained a reputation as a capable car among criminals and law enforcement alike, the 3.8 litre model being particularly fast with its 220 bhp (164 kW) engine driving the car from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 8.5 seconds and to a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h) with enough room for five adults. Popular as getaway cars, they were also employed by the police to patrol British motorways.

The Mark 2 is also well known as the car driven by fiction- al TV detective Inspector Morse played by John Thaw.

Morse's car was the version with 2.4 L engine, steel wheels and Everflex vinyl roof. In November 2005, the car used in the television series sold for more than £100,000 following a total ground-up rebuild (prior to this, in its re- commissioned state in 2002 after coming out of storage, it had made £53,000 at auction – £45,000 more than an equivalent without the history). In the original novels by Colin Dexter, Morse had driven a Lancia but Thaw insist- ed on his character driving a British car in the television series.

From 365 Days of Motoring


I hear the local Pumpkin Growers Club is holding a squash tournament.

Eurocars and Coffee

October 3

This meet-up at the Oak Bay Marina coincided with our Prowl, so Jaguars were a bit thin on the ground. Marke Simmons has sent some photos:

Marke has sold his 289 Ford V8- powered Mk 2 to a Westjet pilot.

Not sure what it is, but….’s powered by a 3.8 l Jag engine.

And it has lots of dials, some of which are aircraft instru- ments.

How do you keep the ball centred when cor- nering?


Faux Fuel:

Can Chemistry Save Internal Combustion?

As the world's carmakers and governments turn to- ward electrification amid ever-dire climate predictions, some stakeholders are looking to keep gas-powered en- gines on the road without traditional petroleum-based fuel.

For the sake of the 911 (and plenty of other cars), Por- sche, with partners that include Siemens Energy, has in- vested around $24 million in a large-scale commercial synfuels plant. The pilot plant, in Chile, could begin oper- ating next year. BMW has also invested in a synfuels company, while McLaren is said to be readying a synfuel- powered prototype.

Porsche's goal is to produce a fuel by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity generated by a wind turbine. The hydrogen would then be combined with atmospheric carbon dioxide to create synthetic methanol, from which synthetic gasoline, diesel, and kerosene can be refined. Sounds clean, right? Just water and wind.

Well maybe, if that's how it's actually made, but histori- cally, synthetic fuels have come from our old friend coal.

The technology dates back to the 1920s, when German chemists Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch developed a method to make liquid fuel by superheating coal. The Fischer-Tropsch process powered Germany through World War II and has been used for decades in countries with minimal oil reserves and large coal reserves, such as South Africa.

Today's spin on synfuels is that not only coal but also natural gas, biomass from crop waste, or CO2 itself—as in the Porsche plant—can be heated at temperatures ex- ceeding 1800 degrees until it forms carbon-monoxide mo- lecules. They're joined to hydrogen molecules in the same long hydro-carbon chains that make up the petrole- um-derived fuel we know and, with some reservations, love.

Not everyone agrees that the technology is worth pur- suing. Transport & Environment, a European lobbying group with an interest in electrified transportation, calls synfuels' environmental benefits "a mirage" and believes that lawmakers setting CO2 standards for new vehicles should remain focused on tailpipe emissions. Others have said synfuels are a product of the past. Downsides in- clude the continued use of CO2-emitting carbon-rich fos- sil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, whose extraction harms the environment even before they're burned.

In 2012, Princeton University researchers project- ed that a complete transition to synfuels could eliminate up to 50 percent of vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions, but retrofitting U.S. refineries, according to the research- ers, would cost more than $1 trillion and take 30 to 40 years.

Porsche is candid about the limitations of synthetic fuels. In announcing the plant, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said: "Our goal is and remains electric mobility.

This is the future. It must be emphasized that we do not see the use of synfuels as an alternative, but as an addi- tion to the all-electric drive."

From Car and Driver

Beginnings and Endings

On October 1st, 1908 the Ford Model T was introduced to an eager public. By the time production ended in 1927 nearly 15,000,000 had been sold.

After a 41-year run, production of the original Mini ended on October 4th, 2000. Over five million had been sold in that time.


Pic from

Dorothy Moleski


Cowichan Fair, 2021

Attractions at this year’s Fair included a show of classic British cars, in which the JCCV, the Victoria MG Club and the two Island OECC branches were invited to partici- pate.

Eric Williamson co-ordinated the presence of our club,

and he has sent some pictures and captions.


“The 2002 Black XJR-100 hiding behind the TR6 is mine (as is the 6).”

We had one cancellation from a club member due to the horrid weather preceding the event, but on the day it was overcast with just a couple of showers.

Those attending, from both island OECC branches and the MG and Jaguar clubs all agreed it was worth the effort, a good chance for us to meet up. The Fair was very popular too.

Here’s to next year and hopefully we can get back to scheduled programming.

Eric Williamson.


Crime Report

Car Theft, 2020

These are the top 10 vehicles stolen in Canada in 2020:

1. 2018 HONDA CR-V 4DR AWD

2. 2017 LEXUS RX350/RX450h 4DR AWD 3. 2017 HONDA CR-V 4DR AWD

4. 2018 LEXUS RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 5. 2018 FORD F150 4WD

6. 2019 HONDA CR-V 4DR AWD


9 .2019 LEXUS RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 4DR AWD 10. 2017 DODGE/RAM RAM 1500 4WD

In Alberta and BC, the top three stolen vehicles are all Ford pickups.

Provincially speaking, the most thefts per capita of population occur in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. BC finishes fifth here, after the Northern territories. The Atlantic provinces have the lowest number.

(Alberta had 53.84 thefts per 10,000 inhabitants, BC had 26.33.) The top 10 in Vancouver:

1. Honda Civic / CRX (pre-2000) 2. Honda Accord (pre-1996)

3. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (pre 2000) 4. Ford F-150XLT (all years)

5. Ford Econoline E250 (pre 2013) 6. Honda CRV (1997-1999) 7. Toyota Corolla (all years) 8. Dodge Caravan (pre 2006) 9. Acura Integra (1992-1996)

10. Ford F250 SuperCab (1997-2004)

(I couldn’t find statistics for Victoria. Perhaps cars are not stolen here.)

“The 2004 XKR is owned by Michael De Wilde. This was its first public appearance since renovation including a down-to-the-metal repaint. Absolutely stunning!”

(see pages 15 & 16)

“The 1959 MGA owned by club member Steve Yarme is known as the Snark. With a 289 V8 under the bonnet and a fascinating history the car drew a lot of attention.”

(Also see page 5)


Prowl to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Sunday, November 7

A tropical treat on the Saanich Peninsula! Treasures of the rainforest include birds, flowers, reptiles, insects

and, of course, butterflies.

Meet at Tillicum Mall in front of Old Navy at 10:15 a.m. for a 10:30 start.

Our group booking is at 11:00 a.m.

Admission must be paid in cash with exact change before leaving Tillicum Mall to comply with the

Butterfly Gardens group policy.

Adults: $14.70 (includes tax) Seniors 65+: $10.50 (includes tax)

Lunch to follow at the Brentwood Bay Lodge Pub on Verdier (parking in the lot across the street).

RSVPs a “must” no later than Thursday, November 4 to

Prowl Announcement Sunday, November 7, 2021

The next meeting of the


Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm

This will be a Zoom meeting!

Plans to resume in-person meetings at the Chiefs’ and Petty Officers’ mess

have been shelved because of the necessity of imposing severely

restrictive COVID compliance procedures there.

Instructions to join the Zoom meeting will appear via e-mail

JCNA Report Continued from page 4 This is a list of benefits sent by the JCNA president yes- terday:

*Score keeping and trophy awards program for clubs par- ticipating in a Concours, Rally or Slalom. JCNA provides the service of purchasing excess trophies back if needed

*Awards given annually to individuals and clubs for out- standing service in several categories

*Bi-monthly magazine, technical articles, history, fea- tures, club activities

*No-charge member access to current JCNA Judging Guides for competitive and restoration activities

*Blanket insurance for club events and club officers any- where in Canada or the US

*Historical and technical information library access

*A shared communications network for intra-club activi- ties

*5% discount on collector car insurance (HAGERTY) where available by state/province law

*Discounts from various other vendors and the JCNA Book Store

*JLR new vehicle discount program (Jaguar and Land Rover where available)

*Technical help line

*Automobile Advertisers resources in the Jaguar Journal

*Classified Ads in Jaguar Journal and on JCNA.COM

*Book and Gift Store inventory

*North American and Regional hosted events

*Access to Coventry Foundation JAGUAR TOOL LOAN PROGRAM

*North American inter-club networking

Remember, memberships are due Jan. 1, 2022 As always, if there are any questions or concerns about this, please let me know.

Best regards to all,

Carole Borgens



Chap down the road belongs to a thing called the Autopsy Club. Says he is very excited about the next meeting. Apparently it’s open Mike night.

Jokes about pizza aren’t usually very funny.

They tend to be a bit cheesy.


Jaguar Owner Tata expands its empire vertically!

NEW DELHI, Oct 8 (Reuters)

Tata Sons will resume control of Air India after bidding $2.4 billion, including equity and debt, the government said on Friday, marking the end of years of struggle to privatise the financially troubled airline.

A successful sale of the loss-making national flag carrier will be a major victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it had cost tax payers an average of nearly $3 million a day for the past decade. It would also bode well for planned stake sales in a slew of state-run firms to bolster government coffers and make India a fully market-driven economy.

Talace Pvt Ltd, a unit of Tata Sons - the holding company for the autos-to-steel Tata conglomerate which owns luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover - will acquire 100% of Air India, Tuhin Kanta Pandey, secretary of the Department of In- vestment and Public Asset Management, said.

The deal, which is expected to be finalised by the end of the year, puts Air India back in the hands of the group which founded it as Tata Airlines in 1932 before it was nationalised in 1953.

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A Jaguar Restoration in Words

My new old Jaguar! By Michael De Wilde This is the story of my 2004 Jaguar XKR. It started as a small itch which I felt obliged to scratch. The trouble with scratching is that it becomes habit forming and be- fore you know it, you’re doomed. Anyway, back to the car.

I had been driving my 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mklll for 14 years. It was an outstanding award-winning car that had carried me faithfully and securely up and down the west coast of North America to ABFM’s and other shows . But, as the sands of time ran on, my entry and exit from said vehicle was becoming a bit of an obstacle course. Also, after a few hours of driving I was finding it easier to crawl out on the ground rather than stand up straight. So, time for a change.

The answer had to be sell the Healey and get some- thing newer, faster, more comfortable. Selling the Healey turned out to be a fairly quick and easy proposition and, armed with new funds, I started looking around for a new project. The ongoing restrictions of Covid made all this more a computer exercise than actually going out to see a wide range of motor cars. Finally, I found this 2004 Jag- uar XKR buried in the outskirts of Victoria.

A two day trip to the Provincial capital, making sure to take the Missus out for a splendid dinner, helped pave the way for the acquisition of the car. The trip home was interesting in that a number of lights started flashing on the panel and it was really raining very hard. The convert- ible roof did not leak so that was a positive point. The windscreen wipers worked so that was good too. The flashing panel lights did not stop me from following a

“rabbit” up the Island Highway at a very naughty rate of speed.

The car’s history obviously starts in the UK and then it was shipped to Honolulu in early 2004. Three years and 25K miles later it turns up at auction and is bought and imported to Canada.

Records show it then moved to Port Moody, Coquitlam and then Vancouver. Around mid-2016 it got moved to Victoria and by this time it had travelled some 86K miles.

When I bought the car, it showed 92K actual miles and the engine was strong and pulled very well. There were some body issues with the paint but no rust and no signs of body repair or filler. The driver’s seat had a hole worn in it and the overall appearance was clean but tired.

The car had not been driven in some time, so the tires had some flat spots which were stubborn to get out.

decided I would get the small body chips fixed, do the leather seat and sit back and just drive it. Just scratching that little itch. Nothing major, all very sensible and totally explainble at the dinner table!

What occurred after that is another installment in the time honoured hobby of “morphing”.

The paint, which was OEM gray, came off the car in great chunks when they tried to prep it for some touch- ups. Great big strips just fell away and they showed me how, with a razor blade, they could lift all the paint of a wing with no effort at all. It had never been properly prepped when it had been repainted, so the paint never adhered to the body. Who knew? Now I am faced with a major decision. Do I just spray paint it myself and lick my wounds or do I have it done properly? Words of my late

then do it right, no shorts cuts.”

After looking at the estimate for a new paint job and taking another deep sniff of oxygen, I made the commit- ment to go ahead. The colour was to be my favorite which had served me so well on the Healey. California Sage green with a biscuit tan interior, borrowed I admit from a 2003 Aston Martin DB9 which I had sat in, in Gas- town in Vancouver. Oh yes, I had to explain away, after fixing the driver’s seat hole, why I now was going to strip the front and back seats so they could be recovered. In- teresting times! Again, I silently thanked the Motor Gods for allowing the Healey to sell so well.

One might be forgiven for thinking that I had run out of things to scratch. Have you not been paying attention; I had not yet looked at the rims. Original Jaguar rims with enough curb rash to make them unacceptable for a new paint job and interior. Back to the drawing board. Having, in the past, put Century rims on my X type station wagon I knew they were made especially for Jaguars and looked really great. Some due diligence showed that there was indeed a set of 18 x8.5 rims available and so these were acquired along with new rubber to complete the package.

The paint was applied by Hidden Treasures Restora- tions in Courtenay and they are indeed magicians at what they do, plus they provide a lifetime guarantee. The leath- er was bought as a kit from Topsonline in California and installed by Eldorado Upholstery in Courtenay. They are excellent at what they do. They are also extremely popu- lar so getting an appointment is difficult and at the time of my work it was three months out. I have another appoint- ment for this coming winter to install a new convertible top which is on its way from Germany.

None of this deals with the maintenance story which runs parallel to the body script. I found Jerry’s Auto, out by the airport in Comox, and he has been amazing at sourcing and fitting various items which were just tired and need replacing. I have found some great suppliers in the US and even more in the UK. Prices in the UK are much cheaper for parts, but the freight costs are breath taking.

So, it is now September and the car is almost finished (small itch) but there are no car shows until next year, so we have been having a great time nipping down to Na- niamo for no good reason, going to Cactus Club and in- dulging in some mild retail therapy.

I am now ready to start the next project, which is to obtain, if possible, collector plates for a limited edition vehicle. Already, I have found that this is not going to an easy task. To be continued….itch and scratch!

Since writing this I have a small update. I lost the booster vacuum hose which results in an error engine light and the display Restricted Performance. Never a pleasant signal to receive. Well, it is just a simple hose which runs down the side of the engine with a couple of plastic ends that clip in. Buy a new one and replace. Not so fast old gray haired Jaguar driver! First find said hose, part number AJ87222. It is nowhere in North America.

Twenty four hours later I can confirm it is nowhere in the United Kingdom. I then remembered a supplier I used seven years ago to buy hard to find electronics for my X Type Wagon. Based in Tel Aivi, Israel he operates as Dr.

Jaguar on eBay. He is amazing at finding impossible pieces of Jaguar parts. My brand new part AJ87222 is on its way to me. Stop itching on this one!


A Jaguar Restoration in Pictures

Pictures and captions by proud owner Michael De Wilde

My new old Jaguar XKR

The car as I bought it, solid but tired.

Getting down to basics in the paint shop

Looking good so far

Upholstery is in and looks amazing

Very exciting day in the home driveway!


“I apologize” and “I’m sorry” mean the same thing.

Except at a funeral.

I sometimes wonder: What if there were no hypothetical questions?


Jaguar Land Rover has settled a dispute with Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche and VW over use of its

Terrain Response system.

Back in November last year, it was revealed that Jaguar Land Rover was taking on the might of VW by claiming SUVs from Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche and VW had in- fringed its patents for Terrain Response system, seeking to block imports of VW Group SUVs in to the USA.

Now it seems JLR has settled with the VW Group – as far as Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche and VW SUVs are con- cerned – a week ahead of the case coming to court in the US, although neither JLR nor VW has released any de- tails of the settlement terms.

But in an indication of what the dispute could have deliv- ered for JLR, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, Joel Lev- ington, said in September that JLR had the “potential to win over $200 million a year in licensing income from its patent-infringement lawsuit against Porsche, Audi, Lam- borghini and Volkswagen, in our favourable event-risk view”.

Interestingly, this dispute with the VW Group’s raft of SUVs didn’t include a further dispute with VW, with JLR suing Bentley over a similar issue back in 2018, with that case due to be heard next year.

From CarsUK


Here’s a little gem for XJS lovers. Or possibly haters.

It started life as a 1977 XJS V12, but has recently under- gone a few minor modifications.

It now is powered by a 467 cid Chevy V8, assisted by a Dyer’s Blowers 6-71 supercharger.

Apparently it accelerates rather well.


Wednesday 8th October 1986.

The Jaguar XJ (XJ40) is a full-size luxury sedan manu- factured by Jaguar Cars between 1986 and 1994. It was officially unveiled on 8 October 1986 as an all-new, sec- ond generation of the XJ to replace the Series III, alt- hough the two model ranges were sold concurrently until the Series III was discontinued in 1992. The XJ40 used the Jaguar independent rear suspension arrangement, and featured a number of technological enhancements (such as electronic instrument cluster).[2] The 1993 XJ6 earned the title of "Safest Car in Britain" as the result of a government survey.[3] The original 1986 car gave way to the heavily revised X300 model in 1994, followed by the X308 version in 1997. The XJ40 and its later deriva- tives, is to date, the second longest running Jaguar XJ platform with a total production run of 17 years.

From Wikipedia


Chap down the block was reminiscing:

“I used to sell Rolodexes to the Mafia. I suppose I was involved in highly organized crime.”

I am told that it is possible hear the blood moving in your veins.

But you have to listen varicosely

Pic From Dorothy Moleski


A Little Trans-Border Shopping

Seattle club member Roy Pringle forwarded to JagMag Editor Kurt Jacobson an email from Pringle’s friend Dr.

Gregory Andrachuk in Victoria, British Columbia, whom we probably identify with his prized primrose yellow Mk2.

Pringle is also an associate member of Andrachuk’s Jag- uar Car Club of Victoria. Andrachuk asked Pringle if he knew of knew someone who might want his recently- acquired 3.8S for which he had no room…too many Jagu- ars. Jacobson in turn forwarded it to club member Simon Thompson.

(The JagMag with Thompson’s story was distributed to members June 26.) Roy Pringle explains, “It would ap- pear that I called Gregory the afternoon of June 27th which was when he informed me he had the 3.8S for sale. Gregory followed up on that call in an email to me with photos and a description of the car, at 4:41 pm. At 5:05 pm I forwarded you [Kurt Jacobson] an email along with Gregory’s info. As editor of the JagMag you instantly recognized that Simon was interested in finding such a car. And it appears that, at 5:21 pm, you alerted Simon to the availability of the car. Pretty fast operation, hey?” Yes, Roy, all that transpired in 40 minutes!

Thompson and Andrachuk communicated and started negotiations. Then Thompson asked Jacobson about cross-border transportation. So, Jacobson put him in touch with Carole Borgens, the other JCNA Northwest Region Director and member of the Canadian XK Jaguar Register in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. She might have knowledge or know someone who does. Carole also happens to be a member of Andrachuk’s Vancouver Is- land club, just across the Strait of Georgia.

Andrachuk commented, “And that is why I wrote to Roy - not because I was ready to sell the 3.8S, but because I anticipated that it would take months to find the right new steward for this beautiful machine and I thought that he might be able to put a word in the right ear. He did. And then Fate intervened and Kurt, [Roy] and Simon, were agents of Fate. It was very quickly obvious to me that Si- mon was the very person who should have this car and I am really delighted that it is going to him. Thanks again to all involved in finding this very good new owner for this lovely Jaguar. I will be sorry to see it go but I am also confident that it will be very well treated.”

Thompson added, “It really was a confluence of fortune and fate. Gregory and myself have developed a wonder- ful dialog which I trust one day (post COVID) we will fully consummate with a wonderful heartfelt handshake. The Jaguar community is truly something unique and special.”

It is obvious that Thompson, Andrachuk, Borgens, Pringle and Jacobson and their Jaguar clubs through JCNA were very interconnected. Thompson and Andrachuk were both surprised and delighted about how quickly this came together across international borders. This is a great ex- ample of a benefits of an international network of Jaguar clubs and members.

From JagMag


Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

The Car

The Principals

Gregory Andrachuk

Simon Thompson

Roy Pringle


The Timewaster Quiz

We’ll try some advertising slogans this month:

1. We are the competition 2. The best car in the world 3. Standard of the world

4. A different kind of company. A different kind of car 5. Have you driven a _________ lately?

6. The heartbeat of America 7. The art of performance

8. The best built cars in the world 9. The best 4X4XFar

10. Everyone drives better in a ____________

11. Wouldn’t you really rather have a __________

12. Imported from Detroit 13. Innovation the excites 14. Safety fast

15. We are professional grade

16. You don’t need a big one to be happy 17. There is no substitute

18. Ask the man who owns one

19. The car “A chap could keep in his bike shed”

20. The power of dreams A. Nissan

B. Chevrolet C. MG D. Ferrari E. Mini F. Buick G. Packard H. Honda I. Chrysler J. GMC K. Rolls Royce L. Vauxhall M. Land Rover N. Saturn O. Porsche

P. Austin Healey Sprite Q. Cadillac

R. Toyota S. Ford T. Jaguar


Marke Simmons has sent this picture of what was appar- ently once a Mk 10. I don’t know how fast it would be on the JCNA slalom course, but it would probably get to the track very quickly.

More Pics from the Sooke Prowl

At the Shell

At Mom’s Café


Pic From

Dorothy Moleski


For Sale

1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible Champagne

Immaculate XJS convertible with low mileage. Same BC owner for past 20 years but originally from an owner in Arizona, thus the odometer reading of 92,400 miles. Paint code SDN (Topaz) and interior trim AGD (Oatmeal). Six cylinder model. Lovingly cared for, serviced regularly, and garaged, it is time for it to move on to another loving home.

Located Sooke $17,775.

Phone 604-764-9487, or e-mail


For Sale

Single owner 1988 Jaguar V12 Vanden Plas.

Jet Black exterior, Doeskin interior. Kilometres now at 80382.

Purchased Mar. 30,1988 new at Performance Cars in St.

Catherines, ON. Never winter driven in Ontario, car has been in North Saanich since August 1990.

Recent extensive service at Searles Auto.

Offers on $20K CAD.

Candy Ross

Phone 250 656 9912, or e-mail


Isn't it odd the way everyone automatically assumes that the goo in soap dispensers is always soap?

I like to fill mine with mustard, just to teach people a les- son in trust.

For Sale or Wanted

Advertisements run for one issue at no charge. Place your ad with the editor at

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS ! Don’t forget to mention that you saw their ad in “The Island Growler”.

For Sale

2004 S-Type 4.2L

Located in Pender Harbour

I am selling my late husband’s 2004 S-Type.

4.2 L. engine, V8, platinum in colour and the body is in good condition. Approximately 165,000 KM. It has nothing mechanically wrong with it. The left front indicator is twitchy. The air conditioner sometimes doesn’t work and the windshield washer fluid tank sometimes leaks. My husband always intended to fix these minor items but un- fortunately got sick.

I would like to see it go to an aficionado who will appreci- ate what a beautiful car this is. We wintered in Mexico for many years and the Jag was always garaged over the winter. Only licensed in the warm, dry months.

Asking $5,999 OBO. Located Pender Harbour, Sunshine Coast. I will deduct the ferry costs from the final agreed price with the purchaser.

Please contact Heather Paget at


For Sale

For sale in Victoria: 1984 XJ6 sedan wheels. I used XJS 12 cylinder front and rear suspension under my vehicle, but used them as rollers until I got the wheels I wanted.

I have had them for years and basically forgot about them! If I can $50 for all four then I’m happy. Please call 778-432-2717. Location off Tattersall and anyone who is interested can call and I will give them directions.

Thomas Russell


Vancouver Island traffic authorities are pleased to an- nounce the installation of new traffic lights at the complex three-roundabout intersection near Victoria Airport. It is thought the new lights will greatly simplify things for mo- torists.


Chip supply (or lack thereof) clobbers JLR Q2 sales Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover retail sales for the three month period to 30 September 2021 continued to be con- strained by the impact of the global semiconductor short- age on production, with wholesales for the period in line with July guidance.

Underlying demand remains strong with order books at record levels.

Retail sales were 92,710 vehicles, 18.4% lower than the 113,569 sold in the fiscal Q2 last year.

Retails were lower year on year in most regions, including North America (-15.6%), China (-6.3%), Europe (-17%), and the UK (-47.6%) but were up in the ‘overseas’ region (+10.0%).

Retail sales of all models were lower with the exception of the Land Rover Defender, which retailed 16,725 vehicles, up 70.4%, making it the best selling model in the quarter.

In line with July guidance, Q2 FY22 wholesales totalled 64,032 units (excluding the China JV), down 12.8%.

As with retails, wholesales were lower in all regions apart from ‘overseas’ (+40.5%) and for most models, except

the Defender (up 18% on 14,305 wholesales).

Despite the impact of the semiconductor shortage on pro- duction and sales, the company continues to see strong demand for its products with global retail orders at record levels in excess of 125,000 vehicles.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Annie Do Date and time

Wed, November 17, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PST

Please join us for a conversation game around living, dying, and what matters most

Conversations about death can be difficult to approach but we know that these discussions are important and necessary for clarifying values, wishes, and goals about care and end of life care. There are a number of tools such as advance care planning which helps to achieve these goals, but often this planning is left until a person is ageing, or is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. To en- courage de-stigmatizing these difficult conversations Vic- toria Hospice has developed a series of conversation starters that you can use in your home with family, friends, and loved ones.

Victoria Hospice Society would like to welcome communi- ty members to our launch of "Here Today, Gone Tomor- row,” a conversation game around living, dying, and what matters most.

This card deck is an easy, safe and sensitive way to re- flect on what matters most in your life. We welcome you to join Victoria Hospice Education and Research Facilita- tors to engage in important discussions in a supportive environment.

The card deck can be used two ways, but we will be us- ing these cards in their most simple form - to begin con- versations. The conversation has four simple rules: listen, reflect, write, and share (or not!)

When you register, you will be put in a draw to win your very own card set so you can bring these discussions to your loved ones, friends, and family.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you at our launch!

Please contact Annie at with any questions.

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We have enough youth.

How about a Fountain of Smart?

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