1. QUESTION: What are your recommendations for Concours preparations? Do you offer this service at your facility?

• ANSWER: Yes, we offer this service, and the recommendations all depend on what type of competition you are competing in: Driven, Champion or Preservation class. You can setup an appointment with us, and we would be happy to review your car with you.

2. QUESTION: I noticed on your website that you offer a Preservation level now. What is the biggest difference between a Driver level and Preservation level car?

• ANSWER: A preservation level restoration & servicing is primarily meant for those that drive their classics sparingly and do not want to disturb the originality of their vehicle; Preservation level cars are thoroughly cleaned and gone through to ensure they meet safety requirements, and typically do not receive many replacement parts. By contrast, a Driver level restoration is geared towards a car that is to be driven on a regular basis, emphasizing the drivability and reliability of the vehicle.

3. QUESTION: My wife loves the sleek look of the XKE Jaguar and I would like to purchase one for her. However, I must admit that I don’t know very much about the car, as I have always owned newer Jaguars. What year and series would you recommend to be the best investment and fun to drive?

• ANSWER: The 1965 thru 1967 4.2 liter XKEs with covered headlights are the most appreciating and sought-after of the E-Type series. They also have the most comfortable seats, and fully synchronized transmissions.

4. QUESTION: If I wanted to offer my 1962 XKE Roadster to your company for sale, what steps do I need to take?

• ANSWER: Schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in to us for an evaluation, or send us detailed photos showing all aspects of the vehicle including the engine, interior, and trunk. We also need a written description with VIN numbers, an engine number if applicable, and any other information you can supply about the cars history and condition. Tell us where the vehicle is located, and if it is easily accessible. If you have a value in mind, let us know. If not, we will discuss the price after we review your photos and information.

5. QUESTION: What is a PPI?

• ANSWER: A PPI is a Pre Purchase Inspection. This inspection is recommended to someone who is unable to view the car in person before they decide to purchase it. Experts agree that used cars must be inspected prior to the final negotiation for purchase.  This inspection is done by a third party who comes and examines the vehicle at our facility for you. This is where they report all details about the car including aesthetic information as well as mechanical.

6. 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!

1. Cooling is a major concern in any rally car. The radiator needs to be mounted on rubber or polyurethane bushes, enabling enough movement to avoid the radiator shaking itself apart. It also needs protection against clogging caused by simple, unexpected problems such as a swarm of butterflies, as well as damage from stones and mud.

2. Electrics need careful attention. Nothing is worse than trouble-shooting electrical problems in the dark. Waterproofing and sound connections are essential to ensure that you don’t end up with a tangle of loose cables around your feet. It’s also vital to keep out dust and grime.

3. Under-body protection is vital. Wings can be lined to protect bodywork, while all items that could snag on rocky ground (such as spring-hangers) need skid-plates. The sump guard and gearbox are areas that we plan carefully.

4. Gas tanks often need attention. A long-range tank might be beneficial, but will need careful planning. It’s important to consider the weight implications, and mounting needs care, so that nothing vibrates, comes loose and causes problems. Leaks on unions are not helpful.

5. Filters are vital. No rally car will venture far without substantial fuel filters to prevent water and muck entering the engine. Efficient air filters are also a key element.

6. Axles need the optimum ratio and the right bearings. The inside of an axle is rarely inspected, and crews often say: “It was ok on the last event”. But because an axle endures considerable pounding and punishment, it’s a regular culprit in sudden failures, and a very time consuming repair during an event.

7. The steering and suspension need careful planning, with an uncompromisingly high-quality approach focused on durability and efficiency.

8. Brakes can often be upgraded and protected. But it’s important to ensure compliance with the event regulations regarding modifications. Normally, governing bodies such as the FIA and FIVA set these.

9. Ensuring that the car is comfortable, and efficient inside, can make a vast difference for the crew. Installing the most appropriate seating, navigation equipment, interior lighting and other refinements are added comforts for the trip.

10. The engine, transmission, and driveline are the heart of the car. Review all relevant matters with the competing crew, from small things like ensuring the exhaust system is flexible (so that nothing snaps off on the first rocky section) to big things such as achieving the optimum blend of performance and reliability.

Whether a car has been sitting for three months or three years, certain steps must be taken before you can just fire it up and head down the road, especially if you want to ensure many happy motoring experiences with it.
One of the best places to view what’s been going on with your car while in storage is to look at the floor beneath it. Leakage from the coolant system could mean a bad gasket, a corroded radiator fitting, a rotted hose, or compromised water-pump seals. Also check for leaks in the power-steering system, engine, transmission, rear axle and brakes.

Depending on how long the car has been sitting will determine what fluids should be drained and replaced. Barn finds that have been sitting for years would require all fluids throughout to be drained, bleed and systems flushed before refill. But if the car has only been in hibernation during the winter months, we would suggest;

  • Doing a complete oil and filter change
  • Drain any gas in the tank, carburetor float bowls and flush the fuel lines
  • Drain, flush and replace radiator coolant

Check all other fluid levels to make sure they are filled to the required levels and fill your tires with plenty of air.
Hopefully when the car was parked and stored, its battery was disconnected, removed and placed on shelf away from moisture. Then all you would have to do is give it a good charge, clean the battery posts and terminals with a baking soda and water solution, and reinstall.

Unfortunately if the car has been sitting for many years with the battery left in place, you will have a bigger job on your hands. We suggest buying a new battery and installing it with new cables. Battery cables lose their effectiveness over time, and as the copper in the cable ages, it loses its conductive properties.

If the car has been sitting for over 90 days, you should remove the spark plugs and add some form of lubricant into the cylinders, like Marvel Mystery Oil, before these parts start moving or to free up any stuck piston rings. Your spark plugs fire in a specific order so you should label each plug wire before removing them. Be advised, new plug wires can be expensive so make sure you pull them out by grasping them at a point that’s closest to the engine. Inspect the car’s spark plugs and replace them if they look fouled, white or oily. With the spark plugs removed, turn the engine over with the key several times to let the oil you put into the cylinders lubricate the cylinder walls and to prime the oil and fuel pumps prior to ignition. You should keep cranking the engine until the oil pressure gauge reads normal or your oil pressure 'idiot' light goes out before returning the spark plugs and leads back to their correct position.

Since you’ve removed all the old gasoline, you’ll need to remove the air filter cover and liberally spray some engine starter fluid into the mouth of the carburetors for the best chance of a start when you turn the key.
With a couple of pumps of the gas pedal and giving it a little choke, you’re sleeping machine should come to life.

Once the car starts, don’t rev the engine, just let it idle and warm up. With the car running you return the air filter cover, check the transmission fluid level and look underneath the car for leaking fluids. But don’t take it out for a trip around the block just yet. By now your clothes and hands have gotten a bit greasy. Turn off the engine and get a little dirtier by checking all the hoses for dry rot and look for belts that are cracked or in need of tightening.

Give the suspension a good lube job and look for worn or loose ball joints, deteriorated bushings, rusted shafts, leaks at the shocks, and missing or broken bump stops.Thorough check of the brakes should be done before you leave your driveway. Your inspection should include the friction linings, drums and rotors. Calipers and wheel cylinders are subject to corrosion, as well as leakage. With the car up on jack, rotate each wheel by hand with someone working the pedal. Each wheel should brake solidly and release cleanly.

A twenty minute trip close to home will loosen everything up and evaporate all the moisture in the exhaust and in the engine. It will also give you a chance to listen for any rattles and engine misses while keeping an eye on the cars gauges for abnormal engine temperatures, battery charging and oil pressure. Once you get home, make a list of what you uncovered on the trip; knocking engine, brakes pulling to one side, stiff steering, etc. Also, re-check your fluids and look for any new leaks that the “loosening up” ride could have created.

After you have made all the corrections the car would need to safely go on a longer run outside the proximity of a good push home, don’t forget to check your running lights. With an assistant, activate turn signals, headlights, brake lights and high beams to ensure they are functional.

This may seem like a lot of work just to get a car running, but if you want the engine to give you years of hassle-free service, a little elbow grease now can save a big headache later.

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems.

Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.

To get the most life out of a battery, Classic Showcase recommends having the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging at the correct rate. If your car’s battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it often, especially in hot weather and add distilled water if necessary. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow.

The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine. To keep the cooling system working effectively, the coolant and distilled water mixture for a vehicle’s radiator should be 50:50. As a reminder, never open a hot radiator cap when checking the coolant level in the reservoir.

As a rule of thumb, the coolant should be changed annually on most vehicles. This will keep the cooling system fresh and clean inside, which helps prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection. A pressure test, thermostat test, a cooling fan test and a visual inspection for leaks and corrosion should also be done annually. Hoses and drive belts should be checked for cracks, bulges or frayed edges.

The radiator should be kept clean by periodically using a garden hose and a soft brush to carefully remove bugs, dirt and debris.

Tires also need special care in warmer weather as high temperatures put added stress on them. To maximize tire life and safety, check the tire condition and inflation pressure monthly, and have the tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Summer heat will cause the pressure within a tire to rise, therefore, it’s important to check the pressure when tires are cold. The owner’s manual includes the recommended air pressure for your vehicle’s tires.


Upcoming Events

June 21, 2014

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. 


July 13, 2014

San Diego Jaguar Club 50th Annual Concours d’Elegance
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego

The San Diego Jaguar Club will hold its 50th Annual Concours at beautiful Spanish Landing Park overlooking San Diego Harbor. 

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August 1-2, 2014

Collector cars of Southern CA - Auctions America Sale in Burbank

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August 12, 2014

Carmel By The Sea - Concours on the Avenue

Sixteen blocks of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea will showcase over 175 domestic and foreign collector vehicles.

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August 14-16, 2014

Mecum in Monterey- Hyatt Regency

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August 14-17, 2014

Historic Races in Laguna Seca

Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week. Approximately 550 vehicles are invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. This year, the 100th anniversary of the iconic Italian automaker – Maserati – will be the featured marque.

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August 15-16, 2014

RM Monterey Auction - The Portola Hotel

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August 15, 2014

Bonham’s Auction - The Quail Lodge in Carmel

Bonham’s returns to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula for its 17th annual Quail Lodge Auction, featuring the world's finest and most exclusive collectors' motorcars displayed in a stunning setting on the grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. One of the landmark events taking place during the must-attend "Monterey Collector Car Week", the Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction is the longest-running auction on the Monterey Peninsula, and is therefore one of the true highlights during a week of activities that serves as the focal point for the California summer motoring season

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August 15, 2014

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering • Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, California

For ten days each August, connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world converge on the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and camaraderie among fellow aficionados.

The crown jewel in a whirlwind of events is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Since its inception, it has combined a lush setting on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range with exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles seen during the week. Sponsors provide today's cream-of-the-crop luxury cars to be sampled by guests on local roads, and those who wish can also test their mettle on the Land Rover Experience Driving School off-road course.

The event’s worldwide reputation is confirmed by its inclusion as a finalist in the Motoring Event of the Year category for the 2013 International Historic Motoring Awards.

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August 16-17, 2014

Gooding's at Pebble Beach

Since the 1950s, Pebble Beach has represented the ultimate collector car lover’s destination. Today, enthusiasts from around the world enjoy the complete experience of the spectacular California coast scenery, exclusive Concours and the finest classic cars available. As the official auction house of the famed and prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company is where leading international collectors seek new additions to their stables. Within Pebble Beach, start the week with our viewing on Wednesday, and continue on to Thursday’s Tour d’Elegance that begins and ends at the Gooding & Company tent. Saturday and Sunday, experience the excitement of the most anticipated auctions of the year. Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary at Pebble Beach in 2013, Gooding & Company continues to set the bar on a global scale. Consistently setting market leading results, this is an event not to be missed.

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August 17, 2014

Pebble Beach Concours


The annual Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend reaches its climax with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the automobiles compete to be named “The Best of the Best.” The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of excellence. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.

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August 27-31st, 2014

Auburn Fall- Auctions America Sale

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September 2-6, 2014

Western States 2014

Western States 2014 will be hosted by the Jaguar Club of Southern Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club.

September 2-6, 2014 Schedule of Events - With a lot more planned!

  • Tuesday September 2 Registration at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

  • Hospitality Suite and Welcome Reception

  • Wednesday September 3 Tour and Rally to Cripple Creek

  • Gambling, Shopping, Group Dinner

  • Thursday September 4 Slalom in Cheyenne Mountain State Park Theme Night “WWII Returns” Gala, Dinner, Music, Tour and More

  • Location: The National WWII Aviation Museum

  • Friday September 5 Western States 2014 Concours d’ Elegance

  • Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

  • Awards Dinner at CMR

  • Saturday September 6 Pikes Peak Concours d’ Elegance - #2

  • Jaguar Club of Southern Colorado

  • Location: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

  • Awards Dinner at CMR

September 13, 2014

Virginia Jaguar Club 2014 Concours
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel • Richmond, VA

The Virginia Jaguar Club 2014 Concours will be held on Saturday Sept 13 in the Williamsburg-style ambience of the Wyndham Virginia Crossings resort. This year we will integrate our Concours with the CVBCC "Classics on the Green" event held the same weekend. The Crossings will be the host hotel for both events. We will have a Concours "meet and greet" reception in the Crossings patio on Friday evening. The VJC Concours will be held from 10 am to 2 pm in the Crossings courtyard where we held the 2013 Challenge, followed by a poolside awards ceremony at 4 pm. Concours participants will be able to participate in all CVBCC activities including the Saturday evening dinner dance and the superb car show on Sunday at the New Kent winery, the rally and other on-site and off-site activities.

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September 20, 2014

Dana Point Concours

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October 5, 2014

2nd Annual Jaguar Jamboree
Classic Showcase Headquarters
Oceanside, CA


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