Question 01
What are your recommendations for Concours preparations?

Tom's Answer: Yes we do offer Concours Preparations, but need to know which type of competition you'd like to be prepared for - i.e. Driven or Champion. To give you an estimate, we will require detailed photos to determine the conidtion, and will also need to know the judging rules for the event the car will be competing in. We are able to do everything you need in order to prepare your car for concours season.

Question 02: I would like to know your opinion on performance upgrades for a restored Jaguar XKE. I am planning to use it on the highway, and at some club events.

Tom's Answer: We recommend performance upgrades to E-types and XKs that people would like to drive and use on a frequent basis. The performance upgrades include 5 speed transmission, aluminum radiator with cooling fans, brake system improvements such as larger caliper disks; improved power booster, suspension improvements, adjustable shocks, adjustable torsion bar, engine modifications and upgrades. Comfort improvements: interior modifications to include sound deadening, smaller steering wheel for better handling, modifying or changing the seats, air conditioning, and an improved sound system with additional speakers added.

These items can be picked and chosen individually. They will enhance the performance and comfort of your Jaguar while on the highway. The performance upgrades can be performed very easily at the time of the restoration. More and more collectors today are looking to enjoy driving their restored Jaguar. These performance improvements were not offered when these vehicles were manufactured but are available today and worth considering.

Question 03: What is the difference between a Series I, I ½, II, and III Jaguar?

Tom's Answer: Early Series I's were first introduced in 1961-1964, and were fitted with a 3.8 liter 6-cylinder engine, and Moss 4 speed non-synchronized transmission. The earliest cars had an aluminum dash and center instrument cluster. Late series I’s from 1965-1967 featured a 4.2 liter 6-cylinder engine with a fully synchronized transmission. Both cars had covered headlights, toggle switches, and early model features.

Series 1 ½’s were offered in late 1967 to early 1968. This was a transition model to the Series II. They had a 4.2L 6-cylinder engine with a fully synchronized transmission, open headlights, two Stromberg carburetors, rocker switches on the dash, and the body style is the same to a Series I. These still had the same parking and brake light fixtures. These cars debuted with a larger grille opening; heavier bumpers, larger radiators, and the handles inside the door were changed.

Series II was offered from 1969 to 1971 and featured a 4.2L engine with 2 Stromberg carburetors and synchronized transmission. The body changed a lot in this model, with bumpers, brake lights and parking light fixtures much larger than before. This Jaguar offered improved air conditioning, upgraded brakes, a redesigned interior including improved seating with reclining ability, and A/C and power steering were available as factory options.

Series III was manufactured from 1971 to 1974 and had a larger engine, with 5.3 liters, a 12-cylinder engine with fully synchronized transmission of unbridled power for your sports car enthusiasts. Another necessary change included power steering being a standard section of the car. During this period a small number of 4.2 liter "Series 3" Jaguars were made.

Available in 3 body styles:

o Roadster / Open Two Seater (OTS)
o Fixed Head Coupe (FHC)
o Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 (FHC 2+2)

  • All Series 1.5’s had uncovered headlights. These were the same design as applied to late Series 1 models (just prior to series 1.5). The Series 1.5 had a screw at the base of the front that holds down the trim. Series 2 headlights are slightly larger at 160 mm (vs 143 mm on the late Series 1 & 1.5 cars). The headlights on the Series 2 were also mounted further forward in the front hood, with a larger chrome bezel above/behind the lamp. See the close-up image for a comparison.
  • As all Series 1.5 vehicles had badging on the rear trunk lid reading "E-Type Jaguar 4.2".
  • Indicators / parker lights were positioned above the bumpers front and back. US-spec cars had all-white front lenses, and all-red rear lenses. Most other markets (including any European-spec cars) had white/amber front lenses and red/amber rear lenses.
  • 15 X 5 inch steel 72 spoke wire wheels. Series 1.5 cars had wingless hexagonal central knock-offs (changed due to safety regulations in the US). This style continued on later series cars. The new knock-off had 3 lobes around the nut, with "Jaguar" cast in the center, and the direction of tightening indicated.
  • Fitted with Dunlop 185 - 15 SP41 or 185 VR 15 Pirelli Cinturato radial ply tires.
  • Twin exhaust pipes exited the car centrally under the number plate. Original exhaust size was 1.75 inches (many have modified to a 2 inch system).
  • OTS cars in Series 1.5 form had two roof bows (as opposed to the three bows in the Series 1).
  • Small front grille/mouth (the same as Series 1). The design is smaller than later models, with a single chrome strip through the middle and small central Jaguar badge.

Question 04: I really love Classic Jaguars and am interested in becoming a judge for local Jaguar Concourse’s. How do I go about becoming one?

Tom's Answer: As a minimum qualification, Judges must be either JCNA club members or JCNA Members-at-Large, and all persons assigned to judge at a JCNA Concours need to have been exposed to JCNA Concours rules and judging procedures. Ideally, they will have participated as an Entrant and recently undergone some level of Judge training such as stated below:

   A. Undergo thorough training on the contents of the Rule Book and the content, use and marking of score sheets.

Take the current JCNA Judge's Test. The purpose of the test is best served by taking
   it as a group, explaining each answer, and responding to all questions (see NOTE following D below).

Perform practice judging of one or more components under the supervision of the
   Chief Judge, and

Serve as an Apprentice Judge with a judging team during a JCNA sanctioned

Concours and mark practice score sheets for examination and critique by the team leader at the conclusion of their judging.

As a further step to improve the standardization and quality of JCNA Concours
Judging, beginning in 2013, Driven Division will still require only one Certified
Judge per Judging Team, but Champion and Special Divisions will require two Certified Judges per Judging Team. (2012 AGM)

*Acknowledgement of Certification

After having successfully accomplished the foregoing, the Chief Judge will notify the club Membership Chairperson to    identify the person as a "Judge" when next submitting the club's membership roster to JCNA. (This normally occurs at the    beginning of each calendar year.)

Thereafter, the letter "J" (for judge) followed by the certification expiration year-date should appear on the front of the    person's JCNA Membership Card.

   C. If a newly certified judge intends to judge at other than his home club in the current year, the Chief Judge may, if desired,    make a one-time endorsement on the back of the person's JCNA Membership Card: "Certified as a Concours Judge for the    calendar year 20xx", followed by the date and the Chief Judge's name.

*Once certified, Judges are expected to Judge at a minimum of 2 JCNA sanctioned Concours every three years.

Question 05: I was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car when you are trying to buy or sell...

Tom's Answer:
We use CPI which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible resource that is updated 6 times a years. In addition, Black Book has a great accompanying smartphone app, so you can get instant updates where you are.


Great Car Apps for Road Trips

If you have been looking forward to taking a scenic road trip now that all the rain has made everything bloom, you should check out a few of these apps for your phone so you can get the most out of your trip. They will help navigate through scenic spots, avoid areas with accidents, locate great places to stay, and even let you know where to get gas.

RoadTrippers (Android, iOS: Free)
Roadtrippers (Android, iOS) is another useful resource for road trip planning, helping users find everything from diners and dives to hotels, restaurants, national parks, roadside attractions and other scenic points of interest. Users can plan out trips in the app or its web portal, saving locations and stops into a trip plan which you can sync across multiple devices for easy reference.

Glympse (Android, iOS: Free)
If you're traveling as part of a convoy or just want to tell your hosts that you're on the way, consider Glympse (Android, iOS), a free location sharing app. The app requires no sign-ins, instead taking advantage of your existing mobile number or email. You send out a "Glympse," which shares your current location and/or your ETA to a location either through the app or a Web link. The Glympse also self-destructs, as it's valid only for a particular window of time. It's a great tool for checking in locations, coordinating a meet-up or sending out an ETA without putting yourself under the yoke of a more intrusive location sharing system.

Waze (Android, iOS: Free)
Waze (Android, iOS) is a crowd-sourced traffic map and navigation app. Users can check out traffic conditions based on real-time information from other Waze users, complete with reports on road hazards, accidents, speed traps and more. You can also actively report any incidents you encounter. Best of all, Waze includes guided turn-by-turn navigation that take traffic conditions into account.

GasBuddy (Android, iOS: Free) or Plugshare (Android, iOS: Free)
Long road trips mean you're going to need to fill up multiple times, so finding inexpensive gasoline and reliable filling stations is a must. Motorists in the USA and Canada stand to save some serious change with GasBuddy (Android, iOS), a mobile app that helps users track down the cheapest nearby gas station based on their present location. As many of the prices are based on user reports, GasBuddy rewards users with points for reporting and updating a station's prices. Those points make you eligible for regular raffles of prizes, like free gas. Brave early adopters of electric vehicles can instead give Plugshare (Android, iOS) a try: it lets you look up and review nearby charging stations for your electric car.

TollSmart (Android, iOS: $2.99 monthly)
Road tolls can add an unexpected chunk to your travel costs. TollSmart (Android, iOS) is a neat trip-planning app that allows you to quickly look up the price of all toll bridges, roadways, and tunnels from start to destination. The app allows you to create profiles for a variety of vehicles from the family sedan all the way up to nine-axle vehicles to calculate vehicle-based toll rates. The app also includes support for a variety of transponder-based systems like E-ZPass. Users can automatically log in toll rates in the app's TollTracker system for easy expense report logging. An in-app purchase provides you the ability to compare tolls across multiple proposed routes.

iExit (Android, iOS: Free)
Need to grab a bite to eat, withdraw some cash from an ATM, or catch some winks before the next leg of your road trip? iExit Interstate Exit Guide (Android, iOS) helps you plan your next pitstop, displaying handy pictographs of businesses and amenities in upcoming interstate exits. Users can search for specific businesses, display locations on an on-screen map, view gas prices, or find amenities like Wi-Fi, truck parking or campgrounds.

Spotify (Android, iOS: Free) or Audible (Android, iOS: Free)
Road trips are an excuse to listen to some great road music. Spotify (Android, iOS) can relieve the tedium of the drive and set the mood with on-demand music, curated streams and playlists and a rich library of artists and bands to listen to. You'll want the $9.99-a-month premium subscription, which removes ads, and most importantly, allows you to download music for offline listening so you can skip mobile data charges. If audiobooks are more your thing, there's also Amazon's Audible audiobook service (Android, iOS) to consider.

Automatic (Android, iOS: $99.95 per device)
You don't need to have a smart car or visit your local mechanic to make sense of the blinking Check Engine light. If you plug Automatic's $99.95 wireless peripheral into your car's OBD or on-board diagnostic port (usually under the steering wheel), the dongle wirelessly pairs with the Automatic app (Android, iOS) to provide a wealth of diagnostic information. You'll also get a slew of features normally associated only with newer smart cars. For instance, Automatic can analyze driving habits, issue speed limit warnings, track your fuel levels and even automatically call for emergency assistance, in the event of a crash.

Dash (Android, iOS: Free)
Where Automatic requires a proprietary OBD port adapter, Dash (Android, iOS) is designed to work with generic OBD port wireless devices that cost anywhere from $10 to $99. And Dash provides many of the same features. The app allows users to decode the Check Engine light as well as examine engine fault codes. You can also log trip details such as distance traveled, fuel used and miles per gallon. Dash also offers up driving analytics. (Android, iOS: Free) (Android, iOS) allows users to get on-demand roadside assistance, like an Uber for tow trucks and car repairs. Working on a totally on-demand basis, the app requires no subscription and has no hidden fees, just providing an up-front rate due when the service is done. Need a jump-start? Towing service? Gas delivery? has got you covered. The app uses your GPS to locate you, and after you indicate what kind of assistance you need, the app puts you in touch with nearby providers.

AAA Mobile (Android, iOS: Free)
The AAA's mobile app (Android, iOS) functions as both a trip planner and an emergency road assistance tool for AAA members. The app allows users to look up thousands of AAA accredited hotels, motels, restaurants, and attractions, as well as find nearby car service stations, look up gas prices and request roadside assistance.

HotelTonight (Android, iOS: Free)
Ideally, you've got your accommodations and itinerary planned out on long road trips, but even the best laid plans can go wrong. If you suddenly need to look for last minute hotel rooms, HotelTonight (Android, iOS) is going to be a lifesaver, offering users last-minute discounts on vacancies and same night accommodations from top-rated hotels. Users can search by category and quality such as Basic, Hip or Luxe, view information on nearby hotels, and quickly book accommodations from within the app.

OpenTable (Android, iOS: Free)
You could try your luck looking for tables when eating out of town, or you could just as easily plan things out with OpenTable (Android, iOS). With OpenTable, you'll never have to worry about seating when planning your next night out, even making out of town reservations for your road trip. The app allows you to book reservations with more than 20,000 restaurants across the US, Canada and Mexico. Simply choose a date, time and number of diners, and you can pull up a list of available tables in real time, as well as set your reservations. You can view restaurants on a map, narrow your search by cuisine, price, and neighborhood and browse through menus and reviews.


Upcoming Events

March 25-26, 2017

Gran Concourso Internacional De Elegancia, Huixquilucan, México

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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March 31-April 2, 2017

Auctions America Sale - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale is renowned as South Florida’s premier collector car auction. In 2016, the multi-day event generated $20 million in sales, with bidders hailing from 41 states across the U.S., along with 18 countries; nearly 40 percent represented new clients to Auctions America. The 2017 offering promises to continue the grand tradition. Defined by its quality and diversity, it will offer something for all tastes and budgets from American classics to European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs.

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April 6-8, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Auctions - Palm Beach, Florida

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April 7-9, 2017

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.

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April 22, 2017

Worldwide Auctions Texas Classic Auction

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May 5-6, 2017

The Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival will be an event like no other.  Set in the majestic surroundings of Windsor Castle, the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club has been invited by the Prince Philip Trust Fund to assemble a unique Jaguar display and parade with the ultimate goal of raising funds to support this great cause. 

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May 6-7, 2017

Keels and Wheels Concours D'Elegance, 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, $1.4 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 7, 2017

Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance, Beverly Hills, CA

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10am-4pm, the gates of the historic Greystone Estate will open to one of the most elegant and prestigious car shows in the United States, the 8th annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. Over 150 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles will compete at this world-class event for “Best of Show,” “Peoples’ Choice” and “Best Per Class” among many other awards. Past winners include a 1904 Schacht Model K voted Best in Class, 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost for Best of show, a Best in Class 1963 Shelby Cobra and a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ for Best of Show.

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May 11-13, 2017

Auctions America Auburn Spring Auction, Auburn, Indiana

The first of two annual sales held at the historic Auburn Auction Park, Auburn Spring has quickly emerged as a spring tradition for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Soak up the auction excitement as hundreds of vehicles go under the gavel or uncover treasures in the swap meet and car corral. An exciting addition for 2017, for the first time in history, the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America will come together to host a joint meet for their members, making the Classic Car Capital of America, and more specifically, the Auburn Auction Park, a must-visit destination.

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May 21, 2017

Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA

The Muckenthaler Motor Car committee has dedicated more than 20 years to enriching and improving the lives of children through arts and education programs through the Muck Foundation. It is the strong relationship between this committee and the Center that make the Motor Car Festival possible. The committee is proud to play a key role and contribute their time and energy to the premier fundraiser of the year. First conducted in 1994, the Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival features beautiful and rare automobiles, displayed on the 8 rolling acres of lush lawn and aged trees of the Muckenthaler Mansion. The annual affair has brought in thousand for charity and is looking to the future to increase its success and continue its generous tradition. Without the support of the wonderful volunteers on the committee, this event wouldn't be possible. 

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May 21, 2017

JOCLA 2017 Concours at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA

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May 24-27, 2017

Rally du Soleil, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rally du Soleil is an addition to the annual Concours du Soleil fundraising event administered by the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Each year, one-half of the proceeds are added to the Cinco Amigo Now and Forever Endowment Fund held by the Foundation for the long term benefit of the community. The other one-half are granted to local nonprofit organizations selected by the organizers of the events.

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June 3-4, 2017

Greenwich Concours d'Elegance

2017 will be the 22nd Greenwich Concours! Recognized as one of the premier concours in the country, Greenwich is unique in that it is two concours back to back. Saturday is the Concours Americana for American cars and motorcycles, while Sunday is the Concours International for imported marques.

Saturday features a circle of supercars, both American and foreign. There will also will be the first ever Hot Rod Class and a sure-to-please display of children’s cars. Saturday’s ticket also allows you to preview all of the cars in the Bonhams auction tent. Be sure to join us Saturday night for the gala party at the Greenwich Delamar Hotel, with a sumptuous buffet and luxurious yachts. On Sunday, we welcome the American Bugatti Club, with Bugatti being our featured marque. Sunday will also feature racecars from the Lime Rock Historic Festival. The Bonhams auction begins at noon and requires a separate admission – or you can watch through the open side of the tent.

On both days there will be displays of new cars including BMW, Lincoln, Cadillac, Tesla, Jaguar, Land Rover and Miller Motorcars – with Ferrari, Bugatti, Pagani, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bentley and Maserati. There are even opportunities to test drive some of these amazing new vehicles. We will also have incredible yachts displayed at the Delamar Hotel docks.

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June 4, 2017

Bonham's Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction, Greenwich, CT

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June 9-11, 2017

The Elegance at Hershey, Hershey, PA

A weekend celebration of a bygone era when the automobile stirred our imaginations and quickened our hearts. The festivities commence with The Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb exhibition in the European tradition, where drivers pilot some of the finest historic race cars up the historic back road to The Hotel Hershey®. Modeled on similar events such as England’s Goodwood, and paying homage to ongoing events such as Mount Equinox and Pikes Peak, The Grand Ascent appeals to enthusiasts and curious spectators alike. Sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), the two-day hill climb event includes a sponsor /vendor area for marketing to participants and the general public

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June 11, 2017

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

We cordially Invite you to A Symphony of Cars "Vintage Automobiles and their Music" - In Harmony with the 2017 San Marino Motor Classic, Proceeds Benefitting the Spirit of Troy...The USC Trojan Marching Band.

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June 17, 2017

JCNA Judges Training at Classic Showcase, Oceanside, CA

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 21-24, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Northeast Inaugural Auction, Uncasville, CT

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June 25, 2017

Jaguar Jamboree Car Show and Smokin' BBQ, Classic Showcase, Oceanside, CA

Members from the San Diego Jaguar Club, Inland Empire Jaguar Club, and the Jaguar Owners Club of Los Angeles are invited to join together and enjoy a day of fine fellowship, great food, and participation in the showing of your Jaguars! The Tri-clubs of Southern California will caravan independently to Classic Showcase in Oceanside, and there will be guided tours of the facility, a Q/A session with our Master Technician on Jaguar restoration, followed by a smoking BBQ on our patio. After the BBQ, we'll hold the car show and raffle for prizes. We hope to see all of you here for the 3rd Jaguar Jamboree!

July 27-31, 2017

Rocky Mountain High Way 2017 /Alpine Mountain Region, PCA driving tours

Escape the heat and enjoy beautiful Colorado Springs

Wednesday, July 27th – Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Join your Porsche friends from all over in Colorado’s high country for the ultimate summer escape.

So Many Great Events:

•Guided Full and Half Day driving tours on Colorado’s great roads to amazing destinations

•Self-Guided Tours

•Wash & Shine, Golf, Banquets and much, much more!

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Recurring Events

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