HISTORIAN’S CORNER – COLORS AND ICONS

By Gene Cohen, club historian A paint color known to just about every auto buff is British Racing Green. This storied color goes back to the very early days of international racing, 1902. International racing at that time had strict rules regarding the components, drivers and colors of the racing cars. The cars had to made
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Jaguar Fever,  The story behind Ken Laymon’s stunning 1965 Etype FHC (Part II) After completion drive train, the time had come to fix the rebar holes, it was not until this time that I discovered that my car was a rust bucket, beauty was really only skin deep! I decided to send it out for
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La Jolla Concourse

by Charley Anton The drive down to La Jolla was typical. It took about two hours and took in some ocean scenery.  We arrived to La Jolla Cove Suites just in time to get the last two spots for me. Dominic showed up just behind in his Jaguar E-type V-12 to get the last covered
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Jaguar E-Type destroys AC Cobras at Goodwood Revival

JD Classics’ ace Chris Ward gets off to a bad start in the Goodwood Revival’s RAC TT Celebration in the low-drag Jaguar E-Type before eating up the opposition.  Ten minutes of great fun.

A Word from the President

Spring is finally here with its sense of rebirth and new growth. Our first event of this Spring, just completed, was a trip to The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. The weather was good to us, with more than ample rain, followed on Sunday by bright but not brilliant sun providing for most Poppies to open
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Lane Victory Ship Tour Gives Us A Workout!

On March 19 about twenty Members assembled to tour the Victory Ship “Lane” in San Pedro Harbor. Even before we got onboard the fireworks started. We were assembling in the parking lot when a group of about twenty hot cars and motorcycles steamed in, with the San Pedro Police hot on their tails. Seems there
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FESTIVAL OF WHALES – DANA POINT

By Mike Scroggie, President, Austin Healey Club of SoCal On March 11th and 12th, the Club returned to Dana Point for the 46th annual Festival of Whales. There, we had a two-day car show called the “British Invasion”. The JOC, along with the Austin Healey Club of SoCal, invited other British cars to attend, including
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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.

DRIVING THE V-12 E AND F TYPE

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.

DO YOU KNOW BOGART’S XK120?

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.
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