• QUESTION: What does Blue chip investment mean?

• ANSWER: The term "Blue Chip" at one time referred to the highest value chip at a casino as it was colored blue. Since the 1920’s, "blue chip" has been a stock market term for the most stable and consistent stocks. In the car collector world, it means a good investment grade collectible car. Blue chip products are known to weather downturns and be profitable in the face of adverse economic conditions, which helps to contribute to their long record of stable and reliable growth.

• QUESTION: I have a 1968 OTS with the open headlights. I am replacing the bonnet and can convert to closed headlights. Am I ruining the car? 

• ANSWER: If your car has all the other early features of a covered headlight XKE (other than the covered headlights) then it is acceptable to do a headlight conversion. This should be disclosed if it is ever questioned in Jaguar judging, or ownership transfers. But, if the car does not have all the early features, such as rocker switches and two carburetors, then we would not recommend the conversion to covered headlights be done.

I have been following the rise of the Jaguar XKE’s for the last few years. I do not know much about them. How do you recommend I get started?

• ANSWER: We recommend you get a few books to explain the differences in the many series and do some research into what you are thinking you would like to get. Then look online at the reputable forums related to Jaguars, as there are very many forums dedicated to the passionate Jaguar lover. They can provide you with a plethora of history, interesting facts, and helpful hints to keep your Jaguar running and driving well. You can find answers to your questions, and even some schematics and helpful advice when you get stuck on an issue. We highly suggest that you join your local Jaguar club through the JCNA and attend local events, shows and concours’. The people are great, and building friendships based on a common love for the Jaguar hobby is very rewarding and informative.

• QUESTION: Why are some classic car marques going up in value greater than others?

• ANSWER: What a great question.  The classic cars have hot and cool spells and become popular from the media (editorials, printed articles, television car programs, car shows and car clubs.)  This publicity creates a stimulation in the market and thus the interest in certain cars gets the ball rolling.  If the vehicle is part of a limited production that was of a low numbers produced, then the value would be higher on that kind of vehicle than if it was a higher production run vehicle.

• QUESTION: When is a car considered “classic”?

• ANSWER: A classic car is an "older" car - the exact definition of which varies around the world. The Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 30 and 49 years old to be a classic, while cars between 50 and 99 years old fall into a "pre-antique" class...Cars that are 100 years and older fall into the "Antique Class". In the UK, 'classic cars' can range from veteran to vintage, to post-vintage. Post–Second World War classic cars are not so precisely defined.

• QUESTION: I just had my XKE upgraded with all the performance options and I want to take it out and see what she can do. If I wanted to learn how to drive my performance XKE on a race track, how would I begin to get educated on this?

• ANSWER: We find people are getting more enjoyment out of their performance cars and want to safely enjoy them at higher speeds.
Once you have had all the proper performance upgrades installed on your car, and it has been road tested and broken in, then you would want to look into your areas local tracks. Please have your car checked for safety by someone who is very well qualified before taken on the track. You should be in a good state of mind and physically able to drive on a rave track as well.
You always want to utilize areas set aside for higher speed driving where you can enjoy opening your car up and taking it to its higher limits while being safe.

Go to the JCNA website, as they have a great program to get you started called the HPDE:

The High Performance Drivers Education is a new program launched within JCNA to address the needs of our members who want to drive their cars at higher speed in a safe and controlled environment. It is not racing but the race track environment and its safety features make it a very safe way to improve one's driving skills.

A number of regional coordinators will work in each region to develop such a program. It will include JCNA organized events as well as events organized by other groups. Participating in selected events will increase opportunities to drive on track with little extra work.

• QUESTION: I was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car when you are trying to buy or sell...

We use "CPI" which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible, informative price guide and reference, and we highly recommend it!

Basic Garage Safety: Steps For Protecting Your Classic Car Before Disaster Strikes

An Article by Jonathan A. Stein

Although hurricanes and floods can bring different hazards, some of the basic precautions are the same. For starters, it’s a good idea to make sure your garage is in good shape. Are the roof and siding sound, are the windows fully glazed and well caulked, and are the gutters and roof free of debris?

While you’re checking, be sure to trim shrubbery or branches and tree limbs that overhang the garage or could brush against the building in a high wind. Not only will your garage and home be safer, it will look better. Also make sure that any outside doors have deadbolts, which protect against intruders and keep high winds or flying objects from knocking doors open. As an extra precaution, make sure your house number can be easily seen from the street to ensure that emergency help can find you quickly.

If your garage is like most, in addition to your collector car, you probably have a lawnmower, tools, cleaning supplies and all kinds of lawn implements. All of these things can cause damage if they get loose due to high winds or a flood. But it’s relatively easy to reduce the risk:

  • Store rakes, shovels and other hanging tools in cabinets and secure them with hooks. If cabinets aren’t feasible, secure tools to their wall hooks with small bungee cords or rubber straps.

  • Cover your car when it’s being stored to help protect it from flying debris.

  • If you store your car elevated, be sure to support it on sturdy jack stands under the suspension, which should always be under tension. Never use concrete or cinder blocks.

  • For long-term storage, always disconnect the battery. Also, if you know a storm is coming, be sure to pick up from the ground any battery tenders and extension cords to keep them out of floodwaters.

  • Secure heavy objects, such as drills or toolboxes and appliances, with safety straps.

  • Install safety latches (like childproof ones) in cabinet doors and drawers to prevent them from opening and spilling their contents.

  • Fasten ceiling lights and other hanging equipment to supports by using safety cables.

  • For framed pictures, car signs and neon signs, use long-shanked, open-eye hooks and picture wire to fasten them to walls. Make sure the hooks are anchored into the walls with studs. You can also try closed-eye hooks and securely screw them into the back of the frame.

  • Install flexible gas lines and automatic gas shutoff valves (if your garage is heated).

  • Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher in your garage.
    Even if disaster never strikes, following these tips may contribute to a garage that has less clutter and an environment in which your classic car is generally safer.

Winter is without a doubt the hardest season of the year on your classic car. If you are like me, you try to take care of all the routine maintenance before the cold weather hits and hope it all holds together until Spring arrives. Well, spring is almost here and there are a number of things the shade tree mechanic will want to be doing the very instant the snows clear away, maintenance on the prized car. It needs it very badly by now. For the last three to four months your car hasn't had an oil change, or chassis lubrication or a number of other things that badly need doing.

Tires—tend to your tires. By rotating them seasonally, you extend the life of the set. As the weather gets warmer and temperatures increase, tire pressure changes. Under-inflated tires reduce a vehicle's fuel efficiency by an average of 3.3 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov. Tires should be checked monthly to make sure that they are inflated to manufacturers' recommendations, which can typically be found on the vehicle door placard or in the glove box. Be sure to avoid over-inflating the tires, as this can lead to premature or irregular tire wear.

Blades—wiper blades take a severe beating. Early spring is a good time to check and replace them.

Underbody— clean your vehicle's underbody. There's no magic cleaning solution that will get rid of the corrosive salt build-up for those who live in heavy winter urban areas. Make sure you bring the car to the car wash shop and get the entire body, along with undercarriage, systematically washed and the sand and salt fully removed.

Fluids—check all automotive fluids and top off as necessary. Winter driving conditions require your engine to work harder and deplete fluid levels faster. Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on an engine if it is not cared for properly, as cold startups are among the most severe conditions that engines undergo. Drivers need to protect their vehicles with a quality motor oil to endure the varying temperatures as most of the country changes from cooler to warmer temperatures. The changing of seasons serves as an excellent reminder of the importance of using high quality motor oils in your engine.

Brakes—examine your brakes. Like wipers, brakes take on a bigger role during wintertime and should be checked to ensure they've survived.

Air filters tend to become heavy due to pollen affecting the overall output of the vehicle. You should immediately replace the air filters if you found them to be inappropriate in order to enhance the performance of your car. You should remove dirt, debris and leaves from the cowl screen and other crevices. Leaves that are present in the cowl screen can break producing residue that can block the evaporator drain. Dry wiping your car with the paper towel or similar paper item will scrape the clear coat. Make sure to utilize mild lather and water to clean the affected region. Spring time can be a good time to take proper care of your vehicle. If you reside in the snow region of our nation the primary thing to do is to make sure that sand and salt is away from your car.

The next thing you must do is to have a good coat of wax to be applied to assist in protecting your car from the strong UV sunrays. Your car must be vacuumed to eliminate sand and salt that might have entered.

Confirm all the fluids involving the coolant mechanism and the AC before those humid and hot days arrive. Running the AC system once in a while will certainly keep it operational when you require it.

If pot holes are a problem in your region you must have the suspension examined to make sure there are no damaged components from getting jumped. Worn suspension components can easily lead to tire and other parts hastily wearing and alignment hassles. A vehicle having bad alignment can ultimately lead to poor driving, handling and hamper your cars fuel mileage.

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2015

Jaguar Club of Florida Concours d'Elegance • Town Center, Celebration, FL

CELEBRATING 37 YEARS! The Jaguar Club of Florida (JCOF) was founded in 1977 by a small group of enthusiasts who had in common the love of ownership, operation and maintenance of the world’s most beautiful automobiles – Jaguars. From that modest start with a handful of participants, JCOF has grown to over 100 active members. JCOF is proudly affiliated with Jaguar Clubs of North America, Inc. (JCNA), an organization comprised of more than sixty clubs throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

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March 27-29, 2015

Auctions America Sale - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Celebrating its 12th year as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, Auctions America’s annual Fort Lauderdale sale enjoyed its most successful performance to date in 2014, presenting a diverse roster of nearly 500 cars and reaching total sales of more than $21 million with 76 percent of all lots sold. Join us again in 2015 at the Broward County Convention Center as we present yet another magnificent selection of quality automobiles.

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April 10-12, 2015

La Jolla Concours D’Elegance, La Jolla, CA

View 300+ spectacular, exemplary vehicles situated along the Pacific Ocean, peruse the offerings of our fabulous vendors, and check out the exciting offers from our top-notch sponsors. General admission tickets include two tastings from our wine and craft beer garden and a commemorative program. Children under 14 years of age are free.

VIP tickets include the above general admission benefits plus complimentary lunch from incredible restaurants as well as Hosted Wines, Craft Beers, and Cocktails from 11 AM to 2 PM, and a signed poster from the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance official artist Scott Jacobs

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April 17-19, 2015

Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions, South Florida Fairgrounds, Palm Beach, FL

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April 17-22, 2015 Copperstate 1000 • Phoenix, Arizona

Bell Lexus' Copperstate 1000 is one of the premier vintage car road rallies in North America. This annual event celebrates the automotive cultural legacy by featuring some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the 1974 model year. 

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April 19, 2015 San Diego Rolling British Car Day, Pauma Valley Country Club

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April 24-26, 2015

Concours d'Elegance of Texas • La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, Montgomery, Texas

At the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, our mission is to showcase the finest examples of automotive art and engineering in an elegant setting, and the entire weekend supports three wonderful charitable organizations. It’s a weekend experience dedicated to striking and unusual vehicles, fine dining, and renewing old friendships - all served up with old-fashioned Texas hospitality.

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April 25, 2015

The Houston Classic Auction, La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, Montgomery, TX

Come join in both the Auction and Concours d'Elegance of Texas events throughout the weekend at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa.

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April 25, 2015

24th Annual Seal Beach Car Show, Seal Beach, CA

Don’t miss out on your chance to display your car to over 25,000 spectators or to win one of 30 Trophies.

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April 25-26, 2015

Mexico City Jaguar Concours

Club Jaguar of Mexico City hosts over 500 classic cars, comprised of 25 classic car clubs, including 25 of our own pristine Jaguars. Set in the mountains, 20 miles on the outskirts of Mexico City. This is the largest concours in Mexico. People attend from all over the world. It is a wonderful setting with spectacular and warm hospitality. This is a must-attend event, so mark your calendar!

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May 2-3, 2015

Keels & Wheels Concours d'EleganceLakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, Texas

Keels & Wheels established itself among the nations top concours events while in pursuit of multiple goals. The goals include raising significant funds for the charities the show supports, $1 million so far, while producing the best possible event that would draw participants and spectators from every corner of the country and even Europe. Side benefits have included an economic impact of over $3.5 million each year on the local community while simultaneously raising national awareness of Seabrook.

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May 3, 2015

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance • Beverly Hills, CA

Join us for the 6th annual Concours d’Elegance at historic Greystone Estate and mansion to view over 150 vintage automobiles & motorcycles on display, vendors in the mansion marketplace, gourmet food and beverages and more all included with admission.

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May 7-9, 2015

Auburn Spring - Auctions America Sale, Auburn, Indiana

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May 17, 2015

Muckenthaler Concours, Fullerton, CA

The Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival is an invitation only event dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of Southern California’s automotive history. For consideration please complete the attached registration application and send it in along with a brief description and current photo. The judging staff of the Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival seeks to recognize those vehicles that demonstrate the best originality and authenticity while valuing design, styling and elegance. The Concours will be held on the 8 acre rolling grounds of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

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May 17, 2015

Jaguar JCNA Concours at the Muckenthaler Concours, Fullerton, CA

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May 30-31, 2015

Greenwich Concours d ' Elegance • Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT

Listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Greenwich is unique, in that it is actually two concours, back-to-back. Saturday's Concours Americana is exclusively for American makes, while Sunday's Concours International is exclusively for imported marques. The Greenwiched based 12-M Yacht Development Foundation will again have a modest display of former America's Cup 12-Meter yachts moored at the Delamar Hotel. Given good weather, they will engage in match racing during the weekend. Concours visitors will be able to view the yachts up close, and there will also be limited opportunities to sail on them. Classic motorcycles will also be on display. Young and old will enjoy trying out the display of "Virtual GT" driving simulators in the Automobile Magazine/Motor Trend pavilion. There will be galleries of automotive art and demonstrations, as well as displays of the very latest new cars such as Mercedes-Benz, Corvette, Lexus, Land Rover, Hyundai, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, and Smart. In addition, the Greenwich Concours will also be the site of a major auction by Bonhams of significant collectors' cars and automobilia from the collections of several prominent collectors.

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May 31, 2015

Bonham’s Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction

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May 31, 2015

San Luis Obispo Concours

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June 13-14, 2015

The San Marino Motor Classic • Lacy Park, San Marino, CA

The San Marino Motor Classic is the premier regional automotive exhibition in the San Gabriel Valley and one of the premier concours-level exhibitions in Southern California. Concours d’Elegance (French literal translation, “competition of elegance”) competitions have existed since seventeenth century France and since the mid-20th century in America. Other notable American Concours d’Elegance shows include Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in northern California, Meadow Brook in Michigan, Amelia Island in Florida and the Louis Vuitton Classic in New York.

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June 20, 2015

JCNA Judges Training at Classic Showcase

Classic Showcase will host the annual JCNA judges training session in Oceanside, California. The annual training session is for judges to learn about new rules adopted by the AGM, refresh their memories of common JCNA judging rules, and to prepare themselves for the upcoming San Diego Concours. 

June 21, 2015

Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance, Beverly Hills, CA

The Rodeo Drive Committee, in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, presents the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance every year on Father’s Day. Each year a theme is selected to feature the superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment. The Concours d’Elegance is the largest public event held annually in Beverly Hills with a unique mix of guests, including car collectors, families and international visitors and residents from Beverly Hills and the Westside. Named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance continues to be one of Southern California’s top destinations each and every Father’s Day.

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June 28, 2015

The Art of the Car ConcoursKansas City, MO

The Art of the Car Concours, a benefit for the Kansas City Art Institute scholarship fund, features more than 200 vintage, classic and special interest vehicles, which includes cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles. Growing in popularity and stature among vintage and classic collectors, the Concours is unique for its size and scale in having no formal judging and no classes of vehicles. The intention is to provide a wide range of very high-quality, original, vintage vehicles in an eclectic, informal setting, without the pressure of traditional Concours events. For the first time, the event will display a select group of historic hot rods.

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July 17-18, 2015

Auctions America - Santa Monica, CA Sale

Auctions America returns to California, July 17 – 18. Moving to an exciting new venue in 2015 – Santa Monica’s historic Barker Hangar – the multi-day auction is set to build on the company’s strong sales run in Southern California. The event will also move to new dates in 2015 (mid-July), spacing out the busy summer collector car calendar.

 Since 2013, Auctions America has enjoyed a successful entrance into the notoriously difficult Southern California collector car auction market, posting record results at each of its events to date. The company’s debut sale in 2013 made waves in the collector car hobby, proving that with the right vehicles and the right team, Southern California can host a successful collector car auction. The Auctions America team replicated the success in 2014, generating $17.5 million in sales – a result which bested the company’s 2013 performance in all categories. The upcoming July 17-18 auction is set to continue the momentum, lifting the gavel on a handpicked collection of 300 quality vehicles. As in past years, the sale promises an eclectic mix of automobiles representative of diverse Southern California tastes: European and American sports cars, prewar classics, hot rods and customs.

The Barker Hangar is an ideal new venue for Auctions America’s California sale. Host to some of Southern California’s most exclusive events, it is one of the largest and most versatile event spaces in the Los Angeles-area and is ideally situated just a few short miles to the beach and close to major freeways as well as the Los Angeles International Airport.

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July 19, 2015

San Diego Jaguar Club 49th Annual Concours D’Elegance Spanish Landing Park

The San Diego Jaguar Club will celebrate Jaguar Automobiles old and new at its annual Concours d’Elegance car show Sunday, July 19th. The event will be held harbor-side at beautiful Spanish Landing Park, San Diego (across from Lindbergh Field) from 10 AM until 3 PM. Over sixty Jaguars will be on display from all around the United States.

This show is sanctioned by Jaguar Clubs of North America and annually draws entrants from all over the US. Any Jaguar owner is welcome to enter his/her Jaguar for judging or display.

You must be registered to enter your car in competition. For Concours registration information, visit the Club’s website at www.sdjag.com  or contact Dan Jensen at 858 459-1571. Anyone with an interest in fine examples of luxury saloons, sport touring automobiles and Le Mans-type racing cars is welcome to attend free of charge.

The San Diego Jaguar Club was founded in 1959 and provides Jaguar related events and social activities to further interest in ownership and preservation of Jaguar cars. The Club currently has approximately 190 members who individually own more than 250 Jaguars.

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August 7-8, 2015

Lake Tahoe Concours D’ Elegance at the Tahoe Yacht Club

This summer's Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance will be off to a roaring start with vintage V-12 engine-powered watercraft the featured class for the 43rd annual wooden boat show. Presented by Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the nationally-acclaimed show will be open to the public for viewing on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, at the historic Obexer's Boat Company in Homewood, Calif., on Lake Tahoe's scenic West Shore.

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Sept 8-15, 2015

The Sun Rally in Montana • Bozeman, Montana

Going To The Sun Rally is an exceptional rally. It has won the hearts of members who return year after year, because we travel through some of the most spectacular countryside in the world, and even more so because over the years we have become a family of friends. We are small and friendly, and our shared love for cars and wide open spaces, combined with our commitment to giving back to the communities we travel, is what makes this rally distinctive. Whether this will be your first trip with us, or your ninth, you’ll be a welcome contributor to an unforgettable event. What Going To The Sun Rally gives back in charitable donations is our way of helping and hoping that Montana will remain The Last Best Place.

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Sept 14-19, 2015

The Colorado Grand 1000 Tour through the Rockies • Colorado, USA

The Colorado Grand is an annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction. The event was founded in 1989 by Englewood automotive enthusiast Bob Sutherland. Every September at the peak of the fall color season approximately 85 vintage cars are driven in this relaxed, non-competitive event, covering 1,000 miles through the Rockies in five days. The tour attracts entrants from around the world and always includes several 1920′s and 1930′s cars. Typical makes include Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati, Allard, and such exotic names as Amilcar, Cisitalia, Squire, Delahaye, and Talbot-Lago.

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