You know a car has made it as a classic when it has its own rally. Well, as a diehard XJ40 fan, I’m delighted to say that it does. The XJ40 Owners Club, which hosts the biggest and best website for all things XJ40, held its annual meeting at Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum on Saturday, 20th September. It wasn’t just UK-based cars which made up the entries. Some travelled from as far as Denmark to be there. Others came from Holland, Belgium and Germany. Now that’s dedication for you.
Despite being a stranger, I was made to feel very welcome, and was chatting with many as if we were old friends. Cars have a funny way of bringing people together…
Attending this rally means my fate is probably sealed. My resolve to buy an XJ40 in the New Year has been strengthened even more. Going to one of these events will make you catch the Jag bug, and I can think of few finer ways to get yourself in one than an XJ40. But be quick, these won’t stay this cheap forever.
Editor’s Note: The weekend of 20th/21st September was a good one for fans of some of the best British cars of the late Eighties. It was also one where I was made to ferry family members around and not indulge in my car passions – but that’s probably a good thing or I’d have been faced with the quandary of whether or not to take my 214SEi to Gaydon, or my Jaguar X300 to Beaulieu. He may have been Jag-less (though not for much longer, it sounds), but luckily Sam Mace went there instead, while good old Mike Humble went along to Gaydon. Anyone attending an AROnline friendly event is welcome, nay, encouraged to send in their pics and a brief report, we’ll publish what we can… Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org)