Jaguar Fever, The story behind Ken Laymon’s stunning 1965 Etype FHC (Part I) I was a sophomore at San Bernardino High School with very little interest in cars when I saw my first ‘XKE’, a British Racing Green Coupe which was parked at a service station on E Street in San Bernardino with the Bonnet open. I had just found my first love. From that time forward, I lusted for one of those cars; my bedroom was covered with E Type photos and dealer brochures. I could often be found at the BMC dealer or a used car lot sitting in an E Type (they must have loved me). When I was a senior in high school, I met up with some guys that were going to the SCCA races at Riverside Raceway, this sounded like a cool place to see some E Types, it started a tradition that lasted several years where I attended every SCCA event at Riverside, an avid fan cheering on the Es in Class B.


I have been driving my 1971 V12 E type for 30 years and a modern F type for 3 years. Here are some thoughts about each. I consider both cars to be more of a refined GT than raw sports car. Both have power steering, disc brakes, air conditioning, good radios, comfortable seats with plenty of room for the driver and passenger. The E has a fairly useless back seat while the F has no back seat. Both cars are coupes and have very useful storage space when needed. Finally, both cars have been totally reliable and neither has ever left me in need of a tow truck on the road. Note that the E has been totally overhauled at Steve’s Jaguar.


Recently the Club was contacted by a Belgian currently living in LA, Micheil LaFluer. He is helping a friend of his back home in their efforts to prove that an XK120 that the friend owns was originally purchased by Humphrey Bogart. The chassis number is 670366, which is a LHD car produced in June, 1950. more

REVealed: 1957 Jaguar XKSS

Join David Gooding on an exhilarating ride in one of the most iconic and legendary automobiles of all time! One of only 16 original examples of the road-going Jaguar XKSS, chassis 716 will be making its way to our auction block in Amelia Island on March 10. Don’t miss this true supercar roar to life!

A Word from Our President

Last month we were talking about potential outings for the club and I mentioned that there are quite a few museums relatively nearby that could serve as the center point of a club drive. At our January meeting, the Board discussed several possible places to go, things to do and we are currently working on more

First Annual LA Classic Car Show

The first annual LA Classic Car Show was held the weekend of January 27-29 at the LA Convention Center and the Club had an impressive display. Our booth was located just inside the main entry doors and in most cases ours were the first cars that the attendees saw. We had a full booth all more


By Gene Cohen “That which we call a Jaguar. By any other name would smell as sweet” Car names come in all kinds of configurations with letters, numbers, names of places, animals or people and some completely made up with the help of an advertising agency. Jaguar has a unique naming history with many interesting stories more


On Saturday, December 3 about forty members of the Club met to celebrate the season at Matteo’s Restaurant in West LA. This year’s event was a change in both time of day and location to try to accommodate Members who in the past have felt that the location in Long Beach was too far, especially more

A Word from the President

I am Jim Friel and am pleased and excited to be selected to serve as your President for 2017. This is an excellent club, being one of the largest and one of the oldest. The club is active and has received national recognition for our Newsletter and for Awards both Nationally and Regionally via our more