Engine and Transmission Test Station: for all Jaguar XK's and XKE's

Classic Showcase Inc. has designed and fabricated a Jaguar engine/transmission test station. With all restorations of driver and show cars, the engine and transmission will be tested 1-2 hours, before installing in the vehicle. During this test we are looking for oil pressure, engine temperature, transmission shifting, and any noise. We are looking for any leaks (oil or water), and we will set the timing and carburetors on the test station. The first engine to be tested is a 1967 Jaguar XKE fixed head coupe Series 1 4.2 engine with a T5 transmission. This acts as the beginning of our breaking in period for components on the engine. This assures quality control, one of our main focuses at Classic Showcase Inc.

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This 1950 Jaguar XK-120 Roadster, owned by a discerning classic car collector, is undergoing a full body off restoration to a show/driver level by Classic Showcase. The body has been repainted to Pastel Blue, its original color. The car was built on June 24, 1950 and comes with its heritage certificate of authenticity. Final photos will apear in our next newsletter.
This 1967 XKE FHC is being restored to a show driver level. It has been painted Jaguar dark blue with a tan interior for one of our collectors. His intention is to drive this car on a fairly regular basis. This is a beautiful color combination and there will be many upgrades for performance and handling. We will have a further update in the next newsletter.

The RM Auction at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix was very well attended and featured an eclectic selection of fine European automobiles to satisfy all buyers. All of Classic Showcase's cars did very well, including our recently finished blue XKE featured in our previous newsletter.

Sales Highlights*:

*Information recorded from Sports Car Market

The Barrett-Jackson auction held in Scottsdale, AZ was well attended with over 250,000 buyers, sellers, and spectators in attendance. Classic Showcase sold several cars including our 1966 Porsche 911 which sold for $71,500.00

Sales Highlights*:

*information recorded from barrett-jackson.com

XXI Gran Concurso Internacional De Elegance

Classic Showcase's Tom Krefetz is heading up a committee of Jaguar judges for the upcoming training session and Concours judging for the Mexico Gran Concurso Internacional De Elegance being held in April 2007. On February 10th the committee will meet to discuss the agenda and strategy for this years Mexico City Concours. Classroom style training session one day, car evaluating and judging the next day, then the actual concourse judging and awards ceremony on Sunday. We will have more information and photos in the next newsletter.

2007 JCNA Challenge Championship, July 31st - August 4th
- Hosted by the Jaguar Club of Greater Indiana-

July 31-August 4 will be the time and Indianapolis will be the location for the 2007
Challenge Championship, JCNA’s premier member event. With vacation enjoyment
plus JCNA competitive events, the Challenge is a perfect fit for a Jaguar family holiday.

Headquarters for the 2007 CC will be the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station.
This unique downtown Indianapolis Hotel is housed within “America’s first union
station” and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It features unusual and spacious guestrooms, 26 of which are authentic Pullman car rooms, named and decorated after famous personalities from the early 20th century. Pullman’s Restaurant and Lounge offers hospitality and wait until you see the “ghost travelers” haunting the premises.

The hotel is still an active railroad station! Trains pass through on a regular schedule,
their muffled rumbling and subtle vibrations enhancing the ambience of staying where you can experience the authenticity of a living railroad station. Located in the heart of Downtown Indianapolis, the hotel is adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome, home of the Indianapolis Colts, Conseco Fieldhouse, Circle Center Mall, The Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens and the NCAA Hall of Champions. Restaurants,nightclubs, art venues and other attractions are minutes away and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a short drive.

The Full Challenge Championship schedule and entry forms will reach you in an
upcoming Jaguar Journal and will be available on jcna.com. Meanwhile, mark
July 31-August 4 on that calendar and book your hotel room early – Indianapolis
is a busy convention town year-round and you don’t want to miss getting a reservation.

A special rate of $109 per night, single or double, has been arranged with
the Crowne Plaza. This is less than half of their usual room rate. Make reservations
by calling 800 996-8916 or 317 631-2221.

Classic Showcase is proud to be a Co-sponsor for this event. Please look for us at the Rally event. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Curt Brooks     Knoxville, IA

Dear Tom,
            I am interested in purchasing a Jaguar and having Classic Showcase restore the car. I want to have it painted in a non-original color. Does this affect the value of the vehicle?

            This is a very good question. If during the restoration process we take the car to bare metal and change the color everywhere to an original Jaguar color for that year. Then this will not alter the value of the Jaguar.
Only the Heritage Certificate designates the colors that the car came in when the vehicle was manufactured. In Concours showing, they only look at the vehicle for the color of the car being original to the year the car was made.

Jim Lions         Seattle, WA

Dear Tom,
            I would like to know your opinion on some performance upgrades and having an XKE restored with performance upgrades.

We recommend performance upgrades to E-types and XK’s for people who will drive them on a regular basis. The performance upgrades include 5 speed transmissions, aluminum radiators with cooling fans, Weber carburetors, brake system improvements, suspension improvements, engine modifications, and interior modifications.
These upgrades can be chosen individually and will enhance the performance and comfort of your Jaguar. These performance improvements were not offered when these vehicles were manufactured but are available today and worth considering as more and more collectors are looking to enjoy driving their restored Jaguars on the road.

So the sun is out and you're rearing to take your classic for a ride around the block again. Here are some tips on how to bring your favorite auto back to life and ready to take on the road again.

•  Change the fluids. If the gas doesn't pass the smell test then empty the gas from the carburetor and change it. Also empty the gas in the tank.

•  Change the oil and filter.

•  Lubricate as needed. Place a drop or two of oil in each carburetor if they are SUs or Strombergs.

•  Charge the battery.

•  Check tires for safety and check air pressure.

•  Give your classic a wash, dust, and polish.

•  Get reacquainted, turn on the radio, buckle-up and off you go...enjoy!

March 9-11

sale dates:
March 10, 2007
preview dates:
March 8 - 9, 2007
The Ritz-Carlton
4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida
RM Auctions returns to the beautiful grounds of the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton Hotel to host the annual auction of Vintage Motor Cars in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. With consignment space limited we encourage those interested to contact us immediately.

March 14 Classic Carriages Collector Car Auction and Show
From classic cars to the latest exotics, Arizona's newest Collector Car Auction and Show has it all. During the event, more than 700 pristine cars ranging from collector classics, customs, hot rods, muscle cars and exotics, as well as 100 motorcycles will be auctioned off by veteran auctioneer Brent Earlywine and his top-notch auctioneering team. The five-day extravaganza, the largest event of its kind at the University of Phoenix Stadium, also features a Charity Gala, Celebrity Car Showcase, Motorsports Festival, Ladies Desert Oasis and Family Zone.

When: 03-14-2007 through 03-18-2007, Varies
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Cardinals Drive

To Register: Click here for more information or call Classic Carriages at 623-266-1358

March 17 Highland Avenue Auto Show

The Highland Avenue Auto Show is a one day event held in the Inland Empire. For the past few years the auto show has been located at Highland Avenue Community Church’s Rancho Cucamonga location. This all around car show has hot rods, customs, classics, trucks, antiques and collector vehicles, along with live entertainment, food, raffle, trophies, and more! We invite you all to experience the Highland Avenue Auto Show in the beautiful city of Rancho Cucamonga. All proceeds to benefit LoveWorksLA and other non-profit organizations. 

Highland Avenue Community Church
9944 Highland Avenue Rancho
Cucamonga, California 909.980.5400
Click here to Receive Directions

March 23-24

Festivals of Speed

This unique evening will include a fabulous display of vintage & contemporary aircraft, exotic cars, motorcycles and watercraft. Entertainment will include smooth jazz, a premium brands open bar, sumptuous themed food displays, art and jewelry displays, a silent auction and more.

March 24 Dick Brooks Estate Auction
NASCAR legend Dick Brooks collection of classic vehicles, airplanes, parts, tools, farm equipment, and earth moving equipment will be sold.

When: 03-24-2007, 9 am
Location: Sawpit Rd.
Cost: free/person

To Register: Click here for more information

March 25 Race Retro 23

Stoneleigh Park, Coventry/Great Britain

A full weekend of interest and activities, where historic motorsport enthusiasts, competitors, event organizers and the supporting industry, can come together under one roof, in a relaxed atmosphere, to discuss their plans, and promote their events and services. This pre-season gathering, at the end of the Winter break, is far away from the pressures of the racing season and allows time and space for all to enjoy this amazing sport in all its disciplines, which has grown so much since the 1980's.

Newcomers to the sport will find all they need to get started, from advice to accessories. The event will showcase all historic disciplines and display racing, rallying, hill climb, dragsters, trials and short circuit cars plus motorcycles, covering a period from the 1930's to the 1990's, currently in use for historic motorsport.
March 28
April 1
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

South Florida Expo Center - Palm Beach

March 30

Goodguys 7th Del Mar Nationals

Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will show more than 2000 street rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and street machines 1972 and older. Features include an indoor and outdoor car show, swap meet and cars-for-sale corral, vendors,arts & crafts, hot-rod seminars, special vehicle exhibits (including Boyd Coddington's Pro's Pick area), die cast model and pedal car show and kid's play zone. Hot-rod artist and illustrator Thom Taylor will be honored as the Del Mar Nationals Hot Rod Hero.

Hours: 8am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, 8am to 3 pm Sunday.

Tickets: General admission $15 Seniors 60 and older $12. children ages 7-12 are $6. Parking is $9

April 14 Legends on the Green

World Golf Village , St. Augustine
The 4th annual "Legends on the Green" Car Show will be at World Golf Village ® off I-95 at Exit 323 near St. Augustine, Florida on Saturday, April 14, 2007. The show will benefit the Shriner's Children's Hospitals and will feature a judged JCNA Jaguar Concours and many other classic, contemporary and exotic British cars. An awards banquet will be held Saturday night. More details will follow.

Bob McGarvey
Tel: (904) 287-9701
April 14

Bella Italia Auto Show

Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive. Presented by the Ferrari Owners Club of San Diego, the show will feature vehicle by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. About 100 cars will be on view including one or more Ferrari Formula One cars. And there will be new cars on display by Ferrari-Maserati of San Diego and Symbolic Motorcars of La Jolla.
April 18-22 31st Spring Carlisle Swap Meet and Car Corral
World-renowned collector car swap meet and car corral. This is a true swap meet with vendors selling the total gamut of automotive accessories, parts and automobilia.
APril 21-23

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

The Concours of Villa d'Este at Cernobbio , Italy is perhaps the most significant of all events celebrating the mystique of the vintage car. Year after year, Villa d’Este has improved in every one of the aspects by which these events are measured; the beauty of the setting, the impeccable hospitality, the efficient organization, an enthusiastic public and, above all, the elegance and state of preservation of the precious participating cars. At Villa d'Este one breathes an air of authentic aristocracy.

April 21 Hooley Collector Car Auction
2007 Hooley Collector Car Auction, 100+ car event! Call for entry forms & info or see on website. Car list available beginning of April.

When: 04-21-2007, 9:00 am
Location: Elkhart Co. 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 CR 34

To Register: Click here for more information or call Brad Hooley at 800-860-8118 or e-mail us

April 28-29 XXI Gran Concurso Internacional De Elegance
Las Caballerizas , Dos Rios, Huixquilucan, Estado de Méxic
Jaguar Club Mexico hosts the xxi Edition of its Concourse De Elegance. The event hosts more than 16 clubs with over 450 cars of all makes and models. The Jaguar Club participates with over 30 different cars. Mainly these vehicles are from the 30´s thru the 70´s. Jaguars include XK 120's, 140´s, 150´s, XKE series I,II,III, Mark II, V, X, S-Type. This is an event you must see to really appreciate and enjoy.

Enrique Vila
Tel: 011 52 55 55 53 37 38 / 39
May 5-6

Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance held in Seabrook, Texas , near Houston , is the premier combined classic car and wooden boat show in the U.S. On display are over 200 classic automobiles and 80-100 vintage wooden boats, including Ferrari, Riva, Chris Craft, Rolls Royce, and many other classic cars and boats.

May 6

Hilsborough Concours D'Elegance

Since its modest beginnings 51 years ago, almost half a million antique, vintage, classic and exotic car enthusiasts have visited the Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance, which now attracts over 7,000 visitors and participants and displays a select group of about 200 cars.

May 18-19

Ferrari Cup

The first annual Ferrari Cup hosted by the Naples Ferrari Club and the Ferrari Club of America Southeast Region is to be held in the beautiful Grove Park Inn in the mountains of Asheville North Carolina. Golf teams from each region of the FCA will be competing in this soon-to-be classic event. Not only will a golf tournament be part of the festivities, but also a Ferrari group run on the famed Tail of the Dragon. With more twists and turns than a bag of pretzels this drive is sure to get your blood pumping. Proceeds from the Ferrari Cup weekend will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the children of fallen Special Operation troops. Providing college scholarship grants the Warrior Foundation is the best way is the best way to honor our special operations troops and their legacy.

May 18-19 Jaguar Drivers Club Area 51
23rd Annual Concours d'Elegance

Keyes Park , Fort Knox, Kentucky

Dave Meck
Tel: 270-877-5246 Fax : 270-877-5241

May 19

4th annual Corvette Dreamin' car show

Ventura Cove, Mission Bay. Hosted by Corvettes of San Diego and sponsored by Bob Stall Chevrolet, more than 150 cars are expected to compete in People's CHoice and Concours classes. Other activities incluude vendors, raffle, music, and food. serviced by Kiwanis Club of Poway. Contributions will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.


May 19

Smoky Mountain Jaguar Club

Concours d'Elegance
Make your plans now to attend the 5th Annual Smoky Mountain Jaguar Club Concours in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg Pittman High School , Gatlinburg, TN
Gary Cobble
Tel: (865) 689-1349
May 20

An exclusive auction at the Ferrari Factory in Maranello, where the legend was born, dedicated exclusively to the most superb road going and racing Ferraris, as well as many virtually irreplaceable lots of Ferrari memorabilia.

If you are thinking of selling your important Ferrari or Maserati motor car, please call +44 207 293 6336 or +1 (519) 352-4575 to talk to an RM Specialist.

June 2-3


Saturday's Concours d'Elegance will feature American automobiles from 1900 to present. Sunday's Concours Europa will feature european/import automobiles from 1900 to present. Many of the cars to be shown each day are rare, limited-production, or one-off vehicles. In addition, each day there are galleries of automotive art and memorabilia, a book alley, workshops and demonstrations, and fascinating exhibits of exciting new cars which, in the past years, have included Audi of America, Bentley, Aston Martin, Bugatti Maybach, Mercedes-Benz USA, Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, General Motors, Saab Cars USA, Daimler Chrysler Corp., Volvo Cars of North America, Jaguar Cars North America, Land Rover North America, Ferrari, Maserati North America, and Mini USA.

June 3

2nd Annual Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance

The judged event will showcase 350 extraordinary classic, vintage, antique and exotic vehicles, including European and American classics and sports cars. More than 50 specialty and race cars of the past and 31 classes from Horseless Carriage, Pre-War and Post-War classics, Exotics and more will be showcased. There will be vendors, food and beverages.

What: 2nd Annual Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance

All proceeds benefit Assistance League of Southern California

Where: Rose Bowl and adjacent Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena—the cars will be arranged on 25 acres of lush, green lawns.

When: Sunday, June 3, 2007, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parade of Winners at 2 pm.

Event Web site: www.laconcours.com: information, tickets, sponsorship and vendor information, exhibitor application

Contact Name: Janet Harrison
Event Telephone: 323-469-1973, ext. 239
Concours E-mail: laconcours@assistanceleague.net

  This event takes place in Westchester County in the center Scarsdale Village . It will feature: Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Shelby and many more. Last year there were over 2,000 people in attendance and nearly $50,000 was raised for charity. Come out and support this event.
June 7-24

Jaguar Club of Tulsa
England Factory Tours and Canal Cruise
England ,
An English Tour

How would you like to spend a delightful, exciting and leisurely two weeks in the summer of 2007 in England with fellow Jaguar car enthusiasts ? How would you also like to tour the Jaguar and Bentley factories ? Now if that is not enough to... click for more ...

Don Wright
Tel: (918) 299-2839 Fax : 918)2991337
June 15-17

The Pismo Beach Classic
A 3 day fun filled event -Held in beautiful Pismo Beach, California - Pier-side & throughout downtown Pismo Beach. Central California's finest seaside classic & street rod car show. This show is being presented for its 22nd year and draws in excess of 100,000 spectators, with hundreds of restored classics and street rods. A 3- Day Classic Car & Street Rod event held Friday, June 15 through Sunday June 17, 2007.

Featured events are a Car Show & Shine, "Cruise Night" when hundreds of cars parade for thousands of spectators who line the streets, Live Entertainment, "The Hot Rod Bar and Grill" located pier-side and provides the venue for the outstanding live entertainment, Amy & Spanky from Barrett- Jackson Auctions will be joining us again this year for the live charity auction, great food and drink, BBQ, Winery Poker Run, local merchant Poker Walk, Awards and we are 99% sure that the Budweiser Clydesdales will be joining us at the show as well! Don't miss out, sign up today!

Registration forms are available on our website, by phone, fax or email. No admission charge for spectators to the show.

Hours: Friday / Saturday 9 am- 10 PM, Sunday 9am - 5pm

Look forward to seeing you in Pismo!

Contact Just Cruzin Productions at (866) 450 - 7469; email
pamb@thepismobeachclassic.com or checkout our website at
www.pismobeachclassic.com for detailed information.

June 22-24

Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Festival of Speed can justifiably claim to be the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motor sport. It is the only occasion where you will see in action the greatest competition cars and star drivers from all eras: everything from 19th century steam carriages to current Formula One; fabulous racing motorcycles ; classic rally cars to 3000bhp dragsters; plus motor sport legends like Moss, Surtees, Brabham and Andretti rubbing shoulders with today's hottest properties such as Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Petter Solberg and Colin McRae.

July 7

Brasher's Collector Car Show & Auction
Brasher's Auto Auctions, in conjunction with the Capital City Cruisers Car Club, will be conducting a Collector Car Show & Auction at their location in Sacramento, California. This will be one of the largest Collector Car Shows & Collector Car Auctions in Northern California. This event is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Brasher's Sacramento Auto Auction, 6233 Blacktop Road in Rio Linda, California. Up to 200 cars in the show and we're expecting 200 or more cars for the live auction. Trophies will be awarded in 20 different classes! Car show registration is $20.00. Call 916-231-3301 for live auction information.

When: 07-07-2007, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: 6233 Blacktop Road, Rio Linda, CA 95673
Cost: $8.00 General Admission/person

To Register: Click here for more information or call Rex Roden at 916-231-3308 or call Rich Newey at 916-231-3301 or e-mail us

July 27-29

The Inaugural William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d'Elegance.
Modern racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney will headline the weekend celebration of all things automotive, including legendary drivers, competition cars, and grand classics from all eras. 

"Willie K." as William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. was known, drove his way to fame as the world land speed record holder in 1904, and in the same year launched AAA and its successors on one of the longest running auto championship series ever, with the creation of the original Vanderbilt Trophy.

July 31-August 4

J.C.N.A. Challenge Championship
Classic Showcase is proud to co-sponsor this spectacular bi-annual event which will include Concours, Slalom, Rally, and Tours.
August 4

Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
Shotwell Gustafson Pavillon At Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan

August 5

The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is considered to be one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world. Held on the grounds of Oakland University’s historic Meadow Brook Hall, it is the perfect setting for this elegant and world renowned event. The annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance culminates a week-long celebration of events centered around automotive history and heritage, and ends with the "main event" on Sunday, August 5th, 2007.

August 14

The Inaugural Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue
9:00am to 4:00pm, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel, California

This sophisticated yet friendly concours d'elegance will showcase unserved marques on underutilized days of the famed Monterey Car Week that includes numerous races, collector car auctions and concours. There will be classes for British, German, French, Muscle and more with a focus on cars built from 1964 through 1972. The event will be strictly judged by an expert panel according to SCCA guidelines.

Contact: Cindy Meitle 480 659-9413 or Cindy@carprusa.com

August 16

Christies Auction at the Monterey Jet Center

August 17-18

Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
The Portola Plaza Hotel and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey California

August 17-19

It's appropriate that as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca celebrates its 50th Anniversary the longest running event on the schedule celebrates the history of automobile racing. This year's marque highlights Indy Roadsters, bringing to life the original open-wheelers and bringing the spirit of Indy back to the Central California Coast. The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races are the largest events held during the renowned classic car weekend in Monterey California. More than 40,000 visitors worldwide annually attend the Historic Races. The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races are a tribute of motor racing history, historic automobiles and the people who made them. Each year, more than 375 of the finest historic race and sports cars are entered in 14 race groups that span nearly every era of motorsports history.

August 19

Pebble Beach Concours

August 19

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