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Some of our cars

 

 

This is the website of the Natal Midlands Jaguar and Daimler Assciation, an informal group of friends who love old Daimlers, and Jaguars both ancient and modern.

We socialise once or twice a month in between collecting, restoring and showing some of Great Britain's finest automobilia.

In this issue: On this page we have the final wrap of this season's Formula E series and Heritage News features a buyer's guide to XJ-S

We comb the web  and search through print files for the latest Jaguar news.

 

STOP PRESS: CLASSIC JAGUAR PARTS

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I tackled the JLRSA PR gentleman regarding parts for classics, via one's local dealership, because we had been promised a year ago that they were coming "soon." His reply is in the screen grab pic alongside and I saved it under General Technical as well.

Formula E Championship News

Catch all the drama on Motorsport Monday, Issue 274, pages 4 to 22

2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship

New York (Round 11 - two heats) 15 July - Race results

1. Jean-Eric Vergne, Techeetah-Renault

2. Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler

3.Daniel Abt, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler

4. Sebastien Buemi, Renault E.Dams

5. Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra

6. Mitch Evans, Jaguar

7. Nelson Piquet Jnr, Jaguar

8. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra

9. Andre Lotterer, Techeetah-Renault

10. Sam Bird, DS Virgin

11. Nicolas Prost, Renault

12. Stephane Sarrazin, Andretti

 

Drivers' standings (After Round 11)

1. Jean-Eric Verne, 198 pts

2. Lucas di Grassi, 144 pts

3.Sam Bird, 143 pts

4. Sebastien Buemi, 125 pts

5. Daniel Abt, 120 pts

6. Felix Rosenqvist, 96 pts

7. Mitch Evans, 68 pts

8. A Lotterer, 64 pts

9. Nelson Piquet Jr, 51 pts

10. Nick Turvey, 46 points

 

Teams' standings (After Round 11)

1. Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler, 264 pts

2. Techeetah, 262 pts

3. DS Virgin Racing, 160 pts

4. Mahindra Racing, 138 pts

5.Renault e-dams, 133 points

6. Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 119 pts

 

LAST MONTH IN NAAMSA

JLRSA moved up to 15th place overall on the official rankings this June when Mercedes-Benz is included. M-B reports only totals per segment but is unofficially 6 th behind Renault with 2070 units.

JLRSA sold 486 units made up as follows:

JAGUAR E-PACE 79

JAGUAR F-PACE 28,

JAGUAR F-Type 8,

JAGUAR XE 5,

JAGUAR XF 2,

JAGUAR XJ 1,

L-R Discovery 80,

L-R Discovery Sport 59,

L-R Range Rover 11,

L-R Range Rover Evoque 35,

L-R Range Rover Sport 124,

L-R Range Rover Velar 54.

 

JAGUAR DRIVERS SCOOP SILVERWARE AT THE 2018 JAGUAR SIMOLA HILLCLIMB

Ron Hollis won Class H2 in his 1966 4.2-litre Series 1 Coupe

•    Ninth running of South Africa’s premier motorsport event the biggest yet
•    Over 17 000 spectators in attendance
•    Two class victories and podium results for team Jaguar
•    Terry Grant wows crowds with a stunning display of stunt driving

Pretoria, 7 May 2018 – The 2018 edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb was the biggest in the event’s nine-year history, with over 17 000 spectators descending on the Knysna golf estate to witness some of the country’s most elite drivers compete for bragging rights. The official tally was around 2000 more than last year’s record attendance.

Classic Car Friday, on 4 May, saw a pair of pristine E-TYPEs take to the hill in two separate categories. Ron Hollis walked away with a dominant win in Class H2 in his 1966 4.2-litre Series 1 Coupe, beating his nearest competitor by over six seconds. Patrick Gearing, who was at the wheel of a 1972 V12 Series 3 Coupe once owned by Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, scored second place in Class H3.

In the overall timesheets there was no match for Franco Scribante, who took a third Classic Conqueror title in his immaculate Chevron B19. Franco had more the three seconds in hand over second place, with a best pass of 42.196 seconds.

In the King of the Hill main event, which took place over Saturday and Sunday, Team Jaguar’s Dawie Olivier was the quickest of nine Class A7 entrants in his snarling Jaguar F-TYPE SVR. Dawie went on to earn second place overall in the road-going supercars category, giving way to nemesis Reghard Roets by just seven-hundredths of a second in the top-ten shootout.

Multiple world and national championship-winning race driver Mark Cronje showed a field of low-slung supercars what Jaguar’s flagship performance sedan, the new XJR 575, can do by putting the 423kW luxury limousine into the same prestigious top-ten shootout.

“It’s a big car,” said Mark. “But it certainly has the power to run with the big guns. I think we surprised some competitors, and fans with the result. Nobody expected a monster four-door sedan to outrun so many supercars. This car means business in more ways than one.”
Cars.co.za’s videojournalist Ciro De Siena secured second place in Class A4 with the recently-launched E-PACE P300. The result may have come by default, but the performance of the 221kW compact SUV impressed many rivals, including some purpose-built race machines.

Andre Bezuidenhout won his second successive King of the Hill title by smashing the course record in his newly-acquired Gould GR55. The UK-sourced hillclimb special crushed the competition with a best time of 36.006 seconds – besting the time he set in a Dallara F1 car last year by more than a second. Wilhelm Baard and Reghard Roets also duplicated their 2017 feats by winning the modified saloon and road-going supercar categories respectively.

Over the course of the weekend world-famous stuntman Terry Grant thrilled spectators and some lucky passengers by completing the entire 1.9km course in a Jaguar F-PACE balanced on two wheels. A timing transponder was placed in the SUV for his final attempt on Sunday afternoon, and it recorded an elapsed time of three minutes flat. The time gives the Brit an unofficial two-wheel class win, and a lap record he challenges anyone to try to beat.

“It’s a privilege to be invited to this award-winning event,” said Terry. “South Africa is honestly one of my favourite places in the world and the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb sets a standard that’s on par with the best motorsport meetings I’ve been fortunate enough to attend. I think my three-minute run will stand for some time to come. Hopefully I can come back to break it next year.”

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Nissan takes two out of three King of Simola Hill titles

"Armageddon": The Nissan GT-R that is rumoured to make 1300 horsepower

• Andre Bezuidenhout obliterates all-time Jaguar Simola Hillclimb record to win second Single Seater and Sportscar title
• Wilhelm Baard retains Modified Saloon Car crown after nail-biting finale
• Reghard Roets remains unbeatable in Road-going Saloon Car and Supercar category
• Record-breaking attendance of more than 17 000 spectators
• V8 racing legend Willie Hepburn receives ‘Spirit of Dave Charlton’ Award


By Colin Mileman


KNYSNA, South Africa, 6 May 2018 – The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb delivered an enthralling mix of thrills and excitement, with some stunning new records being set on the Simola Hill – both amongst the competitors’ times, as well as the number of spectators attending the three-day event.
More than 17 000 people attended the ninth edition of the Hillclimb, held in Knysna from 4 to 6 May, around 2 000 more than last year’s record-breaking attendance – and they were treated to the very best motorsport and the fiercest competition South Africa has to offer.


When the action drew to a close today, all-new King of the Hill records had been established in each of the three categories, but the times between many of the top contenders were closer than ever, which kept the fans on their toes right to the end of the nail-biting programme.


Apart from the battle being waged between the competitors, the throngs of fans had plenty of other attractions – most notably the daring antics of Jaguar’s world-renowned stunt driver and multiple record-holder Terry Grant. The British ace entertained the crowds by not just driving up the 1.9 km Simola Hill in the Jaguar F-PACE, but doing so the whole way on two wheels! He had several celebrities, including singer Bobby van Jaarsveld and Springbok rugby captain Eben Etzebeth, as passengers along on the hair-raising rides for a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Single Seaters and Sportscars
Andre Bezuidenhout was the undisputed King of the Hill at the 2017 edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in his 1989 Dallara F189 Formula 1 car, and his aim for the 2018 event was to go even quicker in the recently acquired Gould GR55 – a specialist Hillclimb single-seater built in the UK with much-improved aerodynamics and a paddle-shift transmission.


Even though he had limited seat time in the Gould leading up to the Hillclimb, he was astonishingly quick throughout the weekend, and wrapped up the qualifying sessions with a best time of 36.006 seconds – over 1.1 sec quicker than his best time last year in the Dallara.
Signalling his clear intent, Bezuidenhout established a new official Hillclimb record during the one-lap Class Finals with an impressive time of 36.428 seconds. If that wasn’t remarkable enough, he absolutely destroyed the current lap record – and the opposition – with an all-new time of 35.528 seconds in the King of the Hill Top 10 Shootout. That translates to an average speed of 192.52 km/h, from a standing start!


“I felt confident throughout the weekend that a 35-second time was possible but was slightly worried when the temperature dropped in the late afternoon for the final run,” Bezuidenhout said. “The Gould is an amazing car, and the team I had supporting me was superb.
“It has been an amazing weekend, and this is an exceptional event. I can’t think of another motorsport event where so many people stay right to the end and are so enthusiastic. I have to say well done to the organisers and sponsors.”


Robert Wolk was another prominent presence throughout the two days of racing, competing this time in a Ferrari V8-powered A1 GP car. He put in a solid effort to both learn the new car and give it his all, and finished second with a best time of 37.691 seconds during the Top 10 Shootout.


Another talking point throughout the contest was Stuart White, at just 16 years old, who became a strong contender for a podium slot too, but his hopes were dashed when his Formula Renault V6 failed on his Top 10 run, and he had to take solace in a Class Final time of 40.497 seconds. So, the final podium slot went to Garth de Villiers, driving a Formula VW, with a time of 42.013 seconds.


Modified Saloon Cars
As predicted, the large field that made up the Modified Saloon Car category dished up a non-stop menu of drama and excitement. At any point during the Hillclimb’s five practice sessions and six qualifying runs, there were no less than eight contenders vying for this year’s Modified Saloon Car King of the Hill title.


Among the four-wheel drive challengers, reigning champion Wilhelm Baard, in the leading Nissan GT-R, had his sights set on a third Hillclimb title, going head-to-head against fellow GT-R rivals Edrich Zwiers, Quinsley Sale, Martin van Zummeren, Darron Gudmanz and Kyle Mitchell.


Anton Cronje led the Japanese assault with his wild Subaru Impreza WRX STi, while Franco di Matteo brought sheer muscle to the gunfight – courtesy of his Jaguar V8 Supercar racer.


Heading into the Class Final, Dawie Joubert held the qualifying advantage, having dipped under the 40-second barrier with a time of 39.984 seconds, with Baard breathing down his neck a mere hundredth of a second adrift and the next three rivals, comprising Charl Joubert, Di Matteo and Van Zummeren, all under 41 seconds.


However, Baard was having a torrid weekend, struggling with the braking balance of the car, already having destroyed the GT-R’s radical front splitter, and had a wild spin at the top of the Simola Hill on Saturday. Today, he had to contend with a fire breaking out in the GT-R, leading to more emergency repairs.
Nevertheless, he managed to pull a blinder of a run out the hat in the Class Final, blasting through the timing beam in 39.533 seconds to set a new record for the class. In the Top 10 Shootout, run from slowest to fastest, it was anyone’s guess who would take the all-or-nothing single shot at glory.


In the mid-pack it was Cronje that laid down the gauntlet with a time of 40.973 seconds, which was immediately beaten by Van Zummeren and Di Matteo. Charl Joubert was up next and he notched up an impressive 39.519 second run.


Baard gave it everything on his final attempt, sliding the GT-R through the Esses at the top of the course, and ripping off his front splitter for the second time in two days when he drifted slightly wide and clipped a tyre. It only emerged later, at the podium, that the boost pipe was pulled off at the same time, and he completed the run with no turbocharger!


It was a nail-biting affair as the track was cleared of debris, and Dawie Joubert completed the final run of the three-day Jaguar Simola Hillclimb event, eventually ending on 40.025 seconds to claim third behind his brother, with the King of the Hill title ultimately remaining in the hands of an elated Baard who set a new record time of 39.463 seconds.


“We had so many dramas in this event, and with the balance issues with the brakes I didn’t have much confidence in the car yesterday,” he said. “The team worked through the night to sort out the problem, and the car was much better today, which allowed us to focus on improving our times.


“Then there was the small issue of the car catching fire this morning after one of the runs when the dipstick came out the engine, and we had to replace a wiring harness in just half an hour,” he added. “We even had a problem in the Class Final with the car not changing down a gear in turn two, but ironically when we checked the data it was actually faster through the corner – so I used this technique to great effect for the Top 10 Shootout.


“I was clearly a bit too quick in the Esses, and despite the damage to the splitter and no boost in the final part of the course, somehow I managed to set the quickest time, which was quite astonishing,” Baard recalled. “Just about everything seemed to go wrong this weekend, but eventually it all clicked together right at the end. The team and I are exhausted but very happy.”


Road-going Saloon Cars and Supercars
Reghard Roets earned his second King of the Hill title in a row with another exceptional performance in the mighty street-legal Nissan GT-R, having set the pace throughout the weekend. As the lone GT-R in the category, he raised the bar even further after he beat his current Hillclimb record for standard road cars by 0.135 sec, bettering last year’s result during the Class Finals with a time of 44.631 seconds.


The former Production Car racer had actually gone even quicker in the qualifying sessions, with a time of 44.588 seconds, in an effort to stave off the challenge from a trio of McLaren 570S entries, and the ever-present threat of Dawie Olivier in the roaring Jaguar F-TYPE SVR.
The Top 10 Shootout for the King of the Hill title became a thrilling three-way tussle at the top, with Olivier blasting his way to his best time of the weekend of 44.967 seconds, a time that Izak Spies wasn’t able to beat in his McLaren after recording a run of 45.784 seconds.


Roets was the last of the contenders and cemented his 2018 King of the Hill title with a winning time of 44.892 seconds. “I was a bit nervous going into the final run, but I did just enough to get the win in the bag, so I’m ecstatic,” he said.


This gave the Jaguar driver second place on the final podium with Spies taking the third-placed slot ahead of Ernst du Preez (McLaren), Barry Ingle (Roush Ford Mustang) and Jacques Wheeler in the third McLaren.


A noteworthy mention has to go to multiple karting and rally champion Mark Cronje who delighted the crowds with his outstanding performance in the large and luxurious Jaguar XJR 575, completing the Top 10 dash in a very respectable time of 48.485 seconds.


Spirit of Dave Charlton Award

Few names are better known in South African motorsport circles than Willie Hepburn – a man that has become synonymous with racing thundering V8 machines over the years in the WesBank V8 series.
He has been a regular and popular competitor at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in his iconic 7.0-litre Chevrolet V8-powered Opel Record – a car that he still drives and maintains at an age of 76.


For his dedication to the sport and professionalism, Hepburn earned the Spirit of Dave Charlton floating trophy for the 2018 King of the Hill, which recognises the person that reflects South African race legend Dave Charlton’s spirit of impeccable attention to detail, meticulous preparation and commendable performance.

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Franco Scribante retains unrivalled dominance of Classic Car Friday

Franco Scribante, Classic Car Conqueror, 2018. Pic by Rob Till

• Scribante claims fourth Classic Conqueror title, third win in a row
• Ian Schofield scores first podium finish in Classic Car Friday with second place
• Peter Jenkins earns second consecutive third-place finish
• Brian Bruce receives Spirit of Dave Charlton Award


KNYSNA, South Africa, 4 May 2018 – The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb weekend got off to a spectacular start today with Classic Car Friday delivering its usual enthralling mix of iconic cars and drivers, and plenty of on-track action.


Franco Scribante once again stamped his authority on the event by taking his fourth Classic Conqueror title, and his third in a row, after yet another dominant performance in his immaculately prepared 1970 Chevron B19.
The ninth edition of South Africa’s premier motoring and motorsport lifestyle event was held in idyllic weather conditions, with an impressive turn-out of enthusiastic spectators for the first day of the Hillclimb. As expected, Class H5 for pre-1990 sports racing cars and single seaters dominated the timing sheets throughout the day.


Scribante was in a class of his own from the start, setting the outright quickest time of 41.615 seconds in the morning practice session, but the times only count during the qualifying and final runs. He remained a model of consistency though, setting an impressive time of 42.074 sec in his only qualifying run, followed by a 42.491 sec in the class finals.


During the final one-lap dash for the Top 10 Shootout, Scribante proved yet again why he is regarded as one of the consistently fastest drivers in the country – after charging through the 1.9 km course in a final time of 42.196 sec.
“This is a fantastic way to start off the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb,” Scribante said. “It’s a great win for the team as we’ve had a bit of bad luck when I had a big accident earlier this year, and my crew has been working flat-out for the past three months getting everything prepared for this event.
“The Chevron ran beautifully, and although we won by a decent margin, it’s clear that the other competitors are pushing hard and made up some ground compared to last year.
“As always, the Hillclimb is a superb event, and we are delighted with our fourth Classic Conqueror title.”


Second place overall and in Class H5 went to Ian Schofield in his 1977 March 77B, which is a stunning and mostly original example of one of the legendary Formula Atlantic single-seaters from the period. Schofield achieved his best run of the day in the Top 10 Shootout, crossing the timing beam at the top of the course in 45.433 sec.


Peter Jenkins, driving his 1971 Chevron B19, took the final step of the overall podium for the second year in a row after notching up his best-ever time at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb of 45.882 sec – also achieved in the Top 10 final dash.


The best of the rest in the Classic Conqueror shootout was Andre Bezuidenhout who finished fourth overall and first in Class H8 on his first appearance in Classic Car Friday. As the reigning Kill of the Hill, Bezuidenhout used his previous experience at this event to great effect, powering his 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo to a class-winning time of 47.579 seconds.


This was 0.483 sec quicker than fifth-placed Graeme Nathan, who claimed the Class H7 win and performed his well-practiced routine of delighting the crowds with spectacular start-line burn-outs in the 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL owned by Peter Kaye-Eddie.


Winner of the 2015 Classic Conqueror title, Charles Arton, competed in his 1972 Datsun 240z this year after his March Formula Atlantic was tragically destroyed in an on-trailer fire on the N2 following the 2017 Hillclimb. He was rewarded with sixth place overall with a time of 48.333 seconds, and second in H7.


Peter Lindenberg set the seventh fastest time of 49.081 sec for Classic Conqueror in the iconic 1965 Shelby Ford Mustang GT350 and picked up third place in Class H7, followed by Class H8 podium finishers Josh Dovey (1964 Ginetta G4 R) and Mike Ward (1999 Lotus 23).


Trevor Tuck rounded out the Top 10 Shootout with an impressive time of 50.761 seconds for the race-prepped Alfa Romeo GTA, and he also took the Class H6 win.


Peter Hollis claimed the Class H4 victory in his 1964 MG Midget, with Craig Wessels earning the Class H3 trophy in his thundering 1968 Pontiac GTO. Ron Hollis was unbeatable in the gorgeous and very quick 1966 Jaguar E-Type and took home the Class H2 title, while Heyns Stead was victorious in Class H1 in a 1950 MG Spider.


Spirit of Dave Charlton Award


The special Spirit of Dave Charlton Award recognises the person that reflects South African race legend Dave Charlton’s spirit of impeccable attention to detail, meticulous preparation and commendable performance.


For the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, the Spirit of Dave Charlton Award for Classic Car Friday went to Brian Bruce, who competed in his fifth Jaguar Simola Hillclimb this year in his 1965 Ford GT40. Bruce is an avid car enthusiast and is the owner and curator of Classique Edge in Knysna, which incorporates an exhibition of the Parnell Bruce Collection of heritage automobilia.

The collection is a private venture for the preservation and enhancement of rare and iconic heritage automotive assets, and includes a trio of GT40s, an immaculate fully restored Ferrari 365 GT and a wide selection of other significant cars amongst the collection that pays tribute to the automobile industry over the decades, with a strong South African bias.

A PAIR OF CLASSIC CATS TO TACKLE THE JAGUAR SIMOLA HILLCLIMB

1972 E-TYPE, once owned by Princess Marie of Liechtenstein

•    Jaguar E-TYPE Series 3 V12 Coupe with a royal history set for competition
•    V12-powered Jaguar XJ-S will make its second Jaguar Simola Hillclimb appearance
•    Live stream of the event will be available both www.youtube.com/user/JaguarSA1 or www.facebook.com/JaguarSA

Pretoria, 30 April 2018 – Classic Car Friday at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will see a fleet of 64 incredibly desirable and valuable machines take to the hill – two of which will participate under the official Jaguar Classic banner.

Making its Jaguar Simola Hillclimb debut is a special 1972 E-TYPE, once owned by Princess Marie of Liechtenstein. Her Serene Highness reportedly bought the car new from an American dealership in New York, and had the car shipped to Switzerland. It’s believed Princess Marie drove the E-TYPE only a few times, and she decided after one particular jaunt over a Swiss mountain pass that the V12-powered coupe was too fast for her royal liking.

After less than two years in the royal family, the Regency Red Series 3 Coupe was sold to a Rhodesian tobacco farmer. The car remained in Europe for the next few decades, but was relocated to Zimbabwe sometime in the 1990s. Finally, the historic Jaguar was imported to South Africa in 2003, and only recently fell into the hands of its current caretaker.

The “Royal E-TYPE” as it’s now affectionately known, will be driven in the Classic Car Friday portion of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb by passionate classic car racer and collector, Patrick Gearing.

The next classic cat, making its second Jaguar Simola Hillclimb appearance, is a 1984 XJ-S lovingly restored by the team at Jaguar Classic as a tribute to the famed Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) cars that dominated touring car races in the 1980s.

After a successful debut at the hands of American race ace Randy Pobst at last year’s event, the iconic green and white-liveried XJ-S will this year be helmed by stunt driving superstar Terry Grant. Terry will put the XJ-S’s silky smooth 5.3-litre V12 to the test on the 1.9km Simola hill with a series of no-holds-barred VIP passenger runs.

The Royal E-TYPE and TWR tribute XJ-S have both been prepared for Jaguar Simola Hillclimb action using Jaguar Classic Genuine Parts. Jaguar Land Rover South Africa will soon offer owners of classic Jaguars a full catalogue of over 30 000 parts for models including E-TYPE, XJ, XJS, XK8, XJ6, and XJ12.

Parts will range from exterior items such as body panels and cosmetic trim, all the way to mechanical components for engines and drivelines. Each component is manufactured to original specifications – and by the original suppliers when possible. In many cases, original parts were used to ensure their new reproductions were accurate – as is the case with replacement body panels for the Jaguar E-TYPE. Original E-TYPE panels were painstakingly recreated using state-of-the-art 3D CAD technology and treated for corrosion resistance using modern techniques.

Jaguar Classic Genuine Parts will be available through the Jaguar Land Rover retail network across South Africa.

Classic car lovers are invited to get up close and personal with the 64 competing cars from 9am on Thursday, 3 May at a scrutineering session and display on Hedge Street near Waterfront Drive in Knysna. The cars are then scheduled to depart on a parade through town at 2.45pm. Classic Car Friday officially kicks off on 4 May at 8.30am, when the first competitive runs are due to start.

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb action will continue on Saturday and Sunday (5-6 May 2018), when competitors will race up the most-contested stretch of road in the country for the King of the Hill title. Tickets for the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb start at R120 for day passes, and can be purchased online: http://jaguarsimolahillclimb.nutickets.co.za

For spectators who are unable to make it to South Africa’s foremost live motorsport event, an online live stream will be available throughout the weekend. Viewers will have the choice of watching on two platforms.

Jaguar South Africa’s facebook page will air practice, qualifying and class final runs as they happen. Jaguar South Africa’s YouTube channel will also stream nonstop from Friday morning to Sunday evening with a continuous loop of on track action when no live racing is taking place. The YouTube feed will also feature some video-on-demand highlights, separately to the main stream.

Watch the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb at www.youtube.com/user/JaguarSA1 or www.facebook.com/JaguarSA

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Modified Saloon Car beasts ready to be unleashed on Simola Hill

KOH challenger Thouca Mechanicos' Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG DTM

• Reigning King of the Hill Wilhelm Baard aiming for third title in spectacular Nissan GT-R
• Franco Scribante makes switch to Modified Saloon Cars in turbocharged Porsche 911 GT3R
• Two new classes: B8 for all-electric vehicles and B9 for SUVs and pick-ups


KNYSNA, South Africa, 20 April 2018 – Preparations for the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which takes place from 3 to 6 May, are running at a feverish pace amongst the organisers and competitors alike. And, for the spectators, anticipation and excitement levels are at an all-time high, particularly for the fiercely competitive Modified Saloon Car category in the King of the Hill challenge.

Featuring a total of 49 entries spread across nine classes, this category hosts the true beasts of the Hillclimb, with all types of mild to totally wild creations set to attack the 1.9 km course.

Naturally, all eyes will be on double champion Wilhelm Baard in his radical R35 GT-R with its outlandish aerodynamic package that was developed for the famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb in the US. With around 1 100 hp (820 kW) on tap from its highly tuned 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, the former Group N racer powered the GT-R to a new class record of 39.892 sec last year to become the first road-based car to officially break the 40-second barrier.

“We are aiming to be quicker this year and, with serious competition from several other drivers, our target will be to go under 39 seconds,” Baard says. “We’ve done quite a bit of work on the car, introducing the upgrades that we didn’t have time to finish before the 2017 Hillclimb. This is mainly focused on the chassis with the GT-R now slightly wider than before, and we have also improved the efficiency of the aerodynamics.”

TEAM JAGUAR GEARED UP FOR 2018 JAGUAR SIMOLA HILLCLIMB CHALLENGE

•    Supercharged lineup of Jaguar vehicles to contest the ninth running of South Africa’s premier racing event
•    Team Jaguar drivers include Jaguar customers, experienced racers and a world champion
•    Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will be streamed live at www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com

Pretoria, 16 APRIL 2018 – A wide variety of Jaguar’s cats will come out to play in the King of the Hill competition at this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, with a driver lineup comprising first-time racers, Hillclimb regulars and a world champion motor sportsman.

Heading the charge in the Supercars Class is Jaguar South Africa’s national aftersales manager, Dawie Olivier. Dawie, who has competed in every Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, is entered in Class A7 for super- or turbocharged road-going cars with eight-cylinders or more, with a ferocious 423kW Jaguar F-TYPE SVR.

Also in Class A7 is multiple racing champion Mark Cronje in Jaguar’s new performance flagship – the XJR 575. With a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 sending 423kW to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the ability to launch from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds, the XJR 575 is the fastest and most powerful version of the XJ sedan to date. A well-known name in motorsport, Mark Cronje’s resume boasts five South African national rally championships and two national Off-Road titles. Mark was also crowned Rotax Max World Karting world champion in 2002.

Another Jaguar sports sedan will be entered by Jaguar South Africa’s Regional Technical Manager, Derrick Dearlove, who will contest Class A3 for cars with blown six-cylinder engines in a 2018 model year Jaguar XE S. In its latest guise, the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 in the XE S has been upgraded from 250kW to 280kW. The rear-wheel drive XE S can launch from standstill to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds.

Jaguar’s PACE family of SUVs will also be a highlight of this year’s event. The recently-launched E-PACE compact SUV is set to be the first Jaguar SUV to compete at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, with popular South African videojournalist Ciro De Siena, from www.cars.co.za at the wheel. Ciro’s entry comes in the form of an E-PACE P300 with 221kW from its Ingenium petrol turbo engine, standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Spectators can look forward to a stunning display of precision driving from world-famous stuntman Terry Grant. The multiple world record-holder will wow crowds by driving up the 1.9km Simola road on two wheels during intermissions, in the very same Jaguar F-PACE with which he completed the world’s highest loop-the-loop in a car (https://youtu.be/za7hdvKeHiE), at 19.08 metres in 2015.

For the second year running, Jaguar South Africa has afforded two lucky customers the opportunity to drive their own vehicles in anger as competitors at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. As the winners of a customer experience day held at Kyalami exclusively for F-TYPE owners, Travis Briscoe and Jason Basterfield were the recipients of a prize money cannot buy: an all-expenses paid trip to compete at South Africa’s premier motorsport event. Both will pilot their own Jaguar F-TYPE S sports cars.

The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb kicks off with Classic Car Friday, on 4 May 2018. On Saturday and Sunday (5-6 May 2018), competitors will race up the most-contested stretch of road in the country for the King of the Hill title. Tickets for the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb start at R120 for day passes, and can be purchased online: http://jaguarsimolahillclimb.nutickets.co.za

For spectators who are unable to make it to South Africa’s foremost live motorsport event, an online live stream will be available throughout the three days of competition. For more information visit www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com

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Battle intensifies for King of the Hill title in Single Seater and Sports Car category

Wayne Plit's Lotus 2 Eleven in action

• Current King of the Hill Andre Bezuidenhout returns to defend title in Gould GR55 Hillclimb special
• Robert Wolk set to debut Ferrari V8-powered A1 GP car
• Two Formula Renault V6 entries in the mix


KNYSNA, South Africa, 12 April 2018 – The battle for the revered King of the Hill title has been stepped up several notches in the Single Seater and Sports Car category for the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which takes place in Knysna from 3 to 6 May.


Although there are just two classes this year, the competition is more intense than ever. Class C1 caters for turbocharged or supercharged four-cylinder cars, as well as those naturally aspirated with five cylinders or more.


Reigning King of the Hill Andre Bezuidenhout will be back to defend his title. However, there’s a bit of a twist as he won’t be behind the wheel of his spectacular Dallara F189 Formula One car with which he set the outright Hillclimb record last year, having completed the 1.9 km run in 37.695 seconds at an average speed of 181.5 km/h.


There’s no need for disappointment, though, as he has something potentially even faster lined up for the ninth edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.


“The Dallara is out of service as the engine needs a bit of a refresh, but I have been very fortunate to obtain a Gould GR55 for the Hillclimb,” Bezuidenhout says. “This is a purpose-built single seater designed specifically for Hillclimb events.”


As a specialist race car manufacturing and engineering company based in England, Gould has been a dominant force in Hillclimb competition for many years, with no less than 19 titles notched up in the prestigious British Hillclimb Championship between 1998 and 2016.


Bezuidenhout’s GR55 is powered by a Nicholson-McLaren 3.8-litre V8 engine, and competed with great success in the British Hillclimb Championship since it was built in 2004, having scored numerous victories in this highly competitive series.


“I expect that the Gould will be faster than the 1989 Dallara F1 car as it is a fit-for-purpose race car with modern attributes, including much more downforce and more advanced technologies such as paddle shift and traction control. I’m confident that we will be able to set a new Jaguar Simola Hillclimb record with this car,” Bezuidenhout states.


While his fiercest challenger, in the form of previous Jaguar Simola Hillclimb winner Franco Scribante, has elected to take his fight to the Modified Saloon Car category this year, Bezuidenhout will still face a stern challenge for the title – most notably from Robert Wolk.


As a multiple champion in Formula Ford and Formula Volkswagen, Wolk is undoubtedly one of the fastest and most experienced single-seater drivers in the field. After two years trying his hand with a Formula Renault V6 entry, this year Wolk is also stepping up his game by fielding a more modern machine in the form of an A1 GP car.


The ill-fated A1 GP series was branded as the “World Cup of Motorsport”, and featured nations competing against each other in identical cars based on the 2004-era Ferrari F1 car. Power is derived from a 4.5-litre Ferrari V8 engine, delivering around 450 kW, which has been fitted to an A1 GP chassis that has never been raced before.


“On paper, I should be quite a bit faster in the A1 GP,” Wolk says. “This car has 50 percent more power than the Renault V6, much better aerodynamics and the benefit of launch control, which will help optimise the start. A quick pull-off is critical to set a fast time on this short course.”


Two Formula Renault V6 entries will remain in the mix, driven by Mark Lauth and Stuart White. Knysna resident Michael Verrier will also be in the class C1 fray with a 3.5-litre V6-powered Shelby CanAm sports car, along with two rapid lightweight machines comprising Antony Ashley’s turbocharged Honda-engined Ariel Atom and Wayne Plit’s force-fed Lotus 2 Eleven.


Class C2 features the naturally-aspirated four-cylinder single-seaters, comprising the two Formula Vee entries of Shane Helberg and Siyabonga Mankonkwana, along with the Formula VW car of Garth de Villiers. Ian Schofield will be lining up in a 2018 Formula Ford entry, along with Francis Cusens in a Toyota-powered Lotus 7.


For more information on the event visit:www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com #JaguarSHC

JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC WORKS OPENS IN UK’S ORIGINAL MOTOR CITY

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works is an all-new, £7m facility in the British Midlands


Pretoria, 15 June 2017 – Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works is an all-new, £7m facility in the British Midlands dedicated to offering a range of products and services designed to fuel the passion of owners and enthusiasts for classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth and Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director John Edwards attended the opening ceremony of Classic Works, the world’s largest classic car sales, manufacturing and restoration facility of its kind.

The opening of Classic Works in Coventry is an important milestone in the rapid development of the Jaguar Land Rover Classic brand, which was launched in March 2016. This is the first purpose-built site for Jaguar Land Rover Classic, which brings all sales, servicing and restoration operations under one roof. The brand’s global expansion continues later this summer with the launch of a new facility at Essen in Germany.

“Classic Works is hugely important to Jaguar Land Rover. It’s much more than a building – it’s the heart, and soul, of Jaguar Land Rover Classic for our clients worldwide,” said Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, John Edwards. “Being able to support owners and enthusiasts of our two great brands with a full suite of services for classic vehicles is a fantastic opportunity.”

At 14,000m2 Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works is the largest facility of its type in the world, with a dedicated showroom space and 54 workshop bays for servicing and restoring all Jaguar and Land Rover models out of production for a decade or more.

The workshop is organised into dedicated strip-down, remanufacturing and assembly zones for the Land Rover Series I, Range Rover Classic and Jaguar E-type Reborn restoration programmes, including an engine shop. This facility also houses the XKSS build line.

Classic Works is also home to the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Collection of more than 500 vehicles, a living assembly of British motoring history, which is an invaluable reference for restorations. Vehicles in the collection are also available for loan to car clubs and museums, and for Jaguar Land Rover and its partners to showcase their heritage at events.

To support the growth of the Classic business, Jaguar Land Rover has invested heavily in traditional manufacturing skills, with numbers of skilled staff employed up by 100% since it was formed. More than 80 specialists are now employed at Classic Works, many with decades of experience working solely on the models catered for at the new facility. By the end of 2017, this number is expected to grow to more than 120 specialists.

The close ties to the core Jaguar Land Rover business mean the Classic operation can also take advantage of cutting-edge manufacturing technology, such as 3D scanning and Computer Aided Design, which allows the re-tooling and reintroduction of parts such as Jaguar E-type and Range Rover Classic panels – parts that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive to remanufacture.

“Our people, their knowledge and their skills are the heart of Jaguar Land Rover Classic,” said Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, Tim Hannig. “There are more than 1.5 million classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in existence worldwide, and we are investing in traditional manufacturing and restoration skills to ensure enthusiasts are able to give cars with a glorious past, a glorious future.”

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide – all of which are now available from Classic Works.

AUTHENTIC CARS: JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC LEGENDS
At the opening of Classic Works, Jaguar Land Rover Classic announced its full range of Legends vehicle purchase opportunities, catering for enthusiasts looking to buy a collectible classic Jaguar or Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works Legends are expertly-picked examples of both marques for purchase, ranging from restoration candidates to daily drivers and concours show cars.

Legends Continued currently sees nine ‘new’ examples of the D-type-derived XKSS being hand-built from scratch to authentic 1957 specifications, creating the cars which were never completed in period due to a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory. Examples of the ‘Missing Six’ Lightweight E-type continuation models built in 2015 are also maintained here.

Through the Reborn Legends programme, Jaguar Land Rover Classic sources and restores select classic models to authentic specifications, without compromise. Launched in April 2016 for Land Rover Series I models, the two-door Range Rover Classic joined the Reborn programme from February this year, making its debut at Salon-Retromobile in Paris. And, Jaguar E-type Reborn launched at the Techno-Classica Essen show in April, with an initial build programme for 10 Series 1 E-types.

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is now able to offer a restoration service for clients’ own vehicles, across both marques, utilising the same expert knowledge and skills that produce the Legends Continued and Reborn Legends vehicles.

EXPERT SERVICES
Repair and maintenance of all models out of production for 10 years or more is offered at Classic Works, from XK120 to XK8 and Series Land Rovers to Discovery and Freelander models from the 1990s.

The first time any classic Jaguar or Land Rover enters the Classic Works facility it’s offered a comprehensive 121-point visual inspection, resulting in a report detailing any work required. As any work is carried out, it’s recorded in a Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works Service Book.

A dedicated XJ220 servicing zone is operated by experienced Jaguar supercar technicians, some of whom have supported the XJ220 programme since it entered production 25 years ago, using tailor-made service tools for the 341km/h supercar.

GENUINE PARTS
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Parts supplies genuine parts for models whose range has been out of production for over a decade. The catalogue currently has more than 30,000 individual and guaranteed parts, available to order from Jaguar Land Rover's global retail network. Specialist technical advisors have extensive product knowledge and selected parts are available to order on the day for collection at local retailers.

The number and range of parts available to support owners of classic Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will grow significantly with investment supporting the Classic business. Recent additions include Jaguar E-type and Range Rover Classic panels, and brand-new Pirelli P-Zero tyres for the Jaguar XJ220, enabling owners to fully enjoy their supercar at peak performance again. The only Jaguar-approved and J-Rated tyres on the market for the XJ220, the Pirelli tyres were developed in conjunction with members of the car’s original engineering team.

APPROVED BY LE MANS WINNER ANDY WALLACE
Jaguar Land Rover Classic has appointed 1988 Jaguar Le Mans winner Andy Wallace as Chief Test Driver for its vehicle programmes. Wallace will road test Jaguar Classic-built Legends cars before they are presented to clients. He will also help with the hand-over of these prized vehicles with expert driving tuition and technology familiarisation demonstrations.

“I am delighted to join Jaguar Land Rover, and its team of highly experienced drivers,” said Jaguar Land Rover Classic Chief Test Driver, Andy Wallace. “In my role as Chief Test Driver for Jaguar Land Rover Classic, I will have the great pleasure of putting models like the E-type and XKSS through their paces. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”

During a test drive of the Jaguar XKSS with Norman Dewis, Jaguar Cars’ chief test driver and development engineer from 1952-1985, Andy Wallace added:
“I’ve had the pleasure of learning from the master today. Norman showed my colleague Kev Riches and I how it was done by his team in the 1950s and 60s. Although the law now limits the sorts of speeds we can try the cars out at, Norman assured me it is still ‘the best job in the world’. I couldn’t agree more.”