JCCA members took two categories and a top prize at the San Diego Concours d'Elegance July 18.
Ken and Glenda Roberts's Harold and Maude Jaguar hearse took the trophy for Best in Class Special Division and Best of Show.
Robert and Debbie Bronstein won Best in Class in the Driven Division.
The drive on Saturday, June 25, began at a coffee shop at I-17 and Carefree Highway, where organizers Robert and Debbie Bronstein handed us a route sheet that said (in so many words), I-17 to 89A and we'll see you at the top of the hill.
Lunch at the popular restaurant in the Jerome Grand Hotel (a former hospital) was excellent and drew about 20 JCCA members.
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine has published four pages of photos and description of JCCA's Concours d'Elegance, the centerpiece of our five-day AGM-IJF at the end of March and first of April.
The coverage by Jeff Koch includes 18 photographs of the cars, centering on the Timeline display organized by Larry Maiorano.
Here's a PDF of the Hemmings story.
The best ever, is what we heard from the attendees. Headlined by the concours d'elegance on Sunday, the event was a smashing success. Many thanks to the hard-working volunteers and to the extraordinary effort and time Robert and Debbie Bronstein devoted to making this happen.
Several people called the concours the best Jaguar showing they'd ever seen.
Here's a slide show from Mike Ferring.
JCNA SW Regional Director Doug Dechant wrote to note that he heard lots of comments, complimenting the location, the concours, the events for spouses, the Timeline. He said everyone in the southwest region should be proud of how JCCA represented them.
Gloria Chavez, President of the New Mexico club wrote to say that her members wholeheartedly agree. JCNM had about 12 people attend and they said they were impressed by the work done by all the volunteers.
More information to follow.
Here's a shot of the Timeline Display, organized by Larry Maiorano.
Two new Jaguars are getting great reviews before their introduction, the XE and the F-PACE SUV. If you'd like to order one, Jaguar is offering a couple of incentives on both cars.
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JCCA Activities Director Rigo Duran has delivered your Christmas presents to UMOM, the state's largest shelter for homeless families.
During the club's annual holiday party, we collected the unwrapped gifts, which now will be passed along to children at Christmas, children who wouldn't otherwise be getting Christmas presents.
Some of the toys the children of UMOM will be getting.
From Nick Gibbs, Automotive News
Jaguar Land Rover will enter the Formula E electric race car series to test its electric powertrains.
The automaker's Jaguar unit will take part in the third season of Formula E starting late next year.
Formula E racing will help Jaguar Land Rover to further the development of future EV powertrains including motor and battery technology, the company said.
"The championship will enable us to engineer and test our advanced technologies under extreme performance conditions," JLR Group Engineering Director Nick Rogers said in the statement.
Neither Jaguar nor Land Rover currently have all-electric vehicles in production. The U.K. magazine Autocar reported in November that Jaguar is working on an electric crossover to go on sale in 2017.
Formula E started in 2014 and is now in its second season. Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s DS Automobiles brand take part in Formula E races. Audi is also involved via its long-term race collaborator ABT.
Despite Jaguar’s rich racing heritage, the brand hasn’t been seriously involved in track competition since previous owner Ford Motor Co. pulled Jaguar from Formula One in 2004 after a largely unsuccessful five years in the sport. India’s Tata Motors bought JLR from Ford in 2008.
JLR will partner with Williams Advanced Engineering, an offshoot of the Williams Formula 1 team, to help build a Formula E car. The two companies have already collaborated on the C-X75 hybrid supercar, which was intended to be a production model until JLR cancelled it in 2012.
Ken and Glenda Roberts have a car collection with a twist. Given that the centerpiece is from the cult classic Harold and Maude, it almost has to be. Ken set out to duplicate the Jaguar hearse featured in the movie and he's certainly done it—at a price Ken confesses he never imagined when he first charged off into the project.
The JCCA group of about 40 were guests of the Roberts on Saturday (10/17), touring the collection of cars and period memorabilia and enjoying a hamburger lunch with beer and wine and all the trimmings.
Besides the Jaguar hearse, Ken showed the crowd his other cars in the glow of period neon signs: A pristine, nearly-no-miles 1957 Chevrolet convertible dressed up with drive-in tray and being "repaired" by an automated mannequin he calls "Roger" after the Chasing Classic Cars mechanic.
There's the replica of the James Dean "death" Porsche Spyder, autographed by George Barris, who ended up with the mangled car after Dean's crash. And the other cars in the room and driveway? A replica Mercedes, a '58 Corvette, a couple '58 'Vette-looking cars built on newer 'Vette chassis. In all, the sign of a car collector who enjoys it all and doesn't take it too seriously.
Many thanks to Ken and Glenda for a great afternoon!
Here is a slide show with pictures of the trip.
On Wednesday, November 4 we'll gather at the Caddy Shack @ Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 North Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281-1205 (map).
I've been going to Arizona Yacht Club meetings at this place for 15 years and I'm a big fan. Why? Here's why.