Battlesbridge Classic Car Show May 2018

Our first main show of the year was of course, the Classic Car Show at Battlesbridge in May.  The event was well supported by members, although on the day a few members were unable to attend due to various reasons. However, with the support of the organiser, Jim Gallie, these spaces were filled with other Jaguars. Friday was set aside for marking 25 bays for the cars and the gazebo, as well as a space for Grange (Jaguar)Motors of Brentwood who had indicated they would endeavour to bring along the ‘new’ Jaguar E-Pace.

Initially, the size of the plot for our stand was set to previous shows, but it was increased due to some clubs pulling out at the last minute. If this was as a result of the weather forecast, I can understand, as the few days before the event the prediction was rain from 2pm on Saturday to midday on Sunday.

On Saturday morning, a number of members assisted with the erection of the club stand, which was before the rain was forecast and appeared. Right up to the late evening, the forecast was still indicating a wet Sunday morning. However, waking up at 4am Sunday morning, I was astonished to find that no rain was now indicated, just slightly overcast! A result which was quickly e-mailed to all members attending. By 09:30am all members cars were in place and looking grand with the saloons along one side with the gazebo and E-Pace proudly on display and with the sports cars opposite.

A number of first time participants from the club proudly displayed their pride and joys, polished and gleaming in the daylight.  We had 8 Mark II’s proudly displayed together in the saloon section, with a 90’s S-Type and S-Type R and a XJ8 (X358) flanking them.

Opposite were the sports cars from Jaguar, starting with the 60’s icon, E-Type, followed by XJS’s, XK8’s, XKR’s an XK, XKRS and finally the last vehicle on the line up was a F-Type, courtesy of Nick & Sandra James.
In the afternoon they sparkled when the sun in fact did come out.
The show attracted many visitors to the stand, which was assisted by the display of the E-Pace and we managed to sign up 6 new members! A lot of old acquaintances were made and conversations relating to members Jaguars were had. Everyone enjoyed the day. The finalé to an excellent day was being awarded the “Best Stand of The Show” trophy!

Having checked the previous club trophies it would appear that our last award for “Best Stand of the Show” was back in 2014!! Well done to all members that made this possible and for Colin Cooper and his Mark II who agreed to represent the club in the Awards ring.

Museum of Power

On Sunday 27th May a number of members attended the Breakfast Meet at Museum of Power at Langford, Nr. Hatfield Peveral for our first visit to this site since 2008! Checking back on my photos of the last visit in 2008, I was surprised to see that the event was in the same field as we were at on this Sunday. My recollection was that we were in a much smaller area closer to the museum. Having attended various other breakfast meetings throughout Essex, it was refreshing to go to a site that caters for so many cars. As we entered the site, there were a number of mobile catering establishments dotted around the field but the members chose to use museum’s cafeteria. This is manned by volunteers and the money from visits and catering goes towards the upkeep of the museum.
Many cars participated in the event which is held on the last Sunday of the month, the next meeting being 24th June. Although there were a number of ‘ordinary cars’ parked in the field, there were also, a number of classic’s, American and interesting cars. There was a full selection of Fords of the 70’s and 80’s in the form of a Ford Cosworth, Ford Capri 280, Ford Escort Mexico & a couple of Ford Escort RS2000’s.

Also on display where a couple of Ford Mustang’s with special paintwork undertaken by a local Chelmsford company called Essex Dip Hydrographics. See website:

Here are some of the members cars that displayed at this months breakfast meet. From the top, Claire Galbois-Alcaix’s 5L XK Coupe, Peter Shaw’s Mark II, Graham Cook’s XK8, Chris White’s E-Type Convertible, Ray Harris’s XK Convertible, David Ogg’s Suffolk SS100 and finally, Ray Holder’s XJS V12.

If the weather is good and you want an early breakfast on a Sunday morning while viewing the attending participants, then this is a worthy attraction to visit. See you next month, weather permitting!


Sunday 22nd April saw the first event of the year for the JEC Essex Thameside Region. 33 members and partners met up at the services on the A12 junction 28 for the beginning of the visits planned around Suffolk. Our first visit was to Suffolk Sports Cars at Pettistree, Nr Woodbridge. Roger Williams (owner) opened his factory especially for us and provided an informative tour. Roger stated that he formed the company specifically to create a true copy of the original SS100 Jaguar, but using modern XJ Jaguar components.

From its early years the company has constantly improved the specifications of the Suffolk SS100. The car now incorporates many features including left hand drive variants and the demand for higher performance and specifications.

Roger told us of his history in the motor trade were he started life serving 5 years apprenticeship under the Management Training Scheme for a company called Botwoods, who in the 60’s was a Jaguar distributor in Suffolk. After his apprenticeship Roger spent the next 27 years creating a new Ford dealership in Suffolk. In 1995 he took over the SS100 project and created Suffolk Sportscars.

Following on from this visit some of the members headed for Bury St. Edmunds to Greene King Brewery.

Here, we parked up in the staff car park of the brewery and headed into the Beer Cafe were we met up with the brewery tour guides who showed us around the brewery.

It was formed back in 1799 by a young 19 year old brewery apprentice, Benjamin Greene, who moved from London to Bury St. Edmunds. In 1806, Benjamin partners with William Buck – an elderly yarn-maker looking for a strong investment to secure his retirement. Together they brought the 100-year-old Wright’s Brewery in Westgate Street and rename it Westgate Brewery. Then in 1836, Benjamin passes the business onto his son Edward Greene. Edward grows the business and by 1870 he doubles the number of employees to 50 and produces 40,000 barrels a year. In 1886, Frederick King acquires the Maulkin’s Maltings in Bury St. Edmunds and renames it St. Edmunds Brewery which is next door to the Westgate Brewery owned by Benjamin, and tries to compete against the Westgate Brewery. In the 1870’s, Edward understands how important it is to look after our people. So he introduces housing benefits and pension schemes for our employees – practically unheard of elsewhere. In 1887, Frederick King struggles against Benjamin’s brewery, and states, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!” Frederick agrees to join forces with Edward and form Greene, King and Sons. The new company quickly establishes a regional reputation for producing two of the finest types of beer – old ale and bitter. Moving on into the twentieth century, in 1938, they open a new Brewhouse in time to meet the demands of WW2’s Allied servicemen who are based in East Anglia. It was built it to last and is still being used today. By the time the two World Wars had ended, Greene King had acquired Rayments Brewery and opened a new brew house, and by the 1960s a new bottling store had been built and head office was modernised. Greene King had become an established player in the brewing and pub industry. Between 200 and 2009, Greene King’s portfolio increased further following a number of acquisitions. Much-loved brands including Old English Inns, Belhaven and Loch Fyne all become part of the Greene King family. The company now turns over £2bn a year!

Following on from our visit to the brewery, members met up for lunch/dinner at The Shepherd & Dog in Stowmarket. Wonderful pre-booked meals were had by all, courtesy of Jenny and her team in the pub. A great finale to a great day out with the sunshine and warm weather too!

Thanks to Liz Croxsons for her contribution of photographs.