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1 of 22  Thu 8th Dec 2011 6:56pm  
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OK folks, you appear to like quizzes, so here's one for you! What has this ticket to do with Coventry? It was a 'once only' event, and the date is significant.
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2 of 22  Thu 8th Dec 2011 8:07pm  
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Was it printed by Stadium Press (part of Charles Ochiltree's empire at Brandon)? Blush
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3 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 10:46am  
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So no-one remembers! Oh my Well, I shall enlighten you! This is one of two tickets that I had for the one and only outing of Jaguar's return to saloon car racing, courtesy of Broadspeed. I went to Silverstone with some of our team a few days before the event, when we did a load of performance measurements, and it was my one and only drive on the Silverstone circuit. The race day was an unmitigated disaster, with both racing XJ12 Coupes suffering catastrophic mechanical failures. The lead driver was Derek Bell. One car suffered a fracture of the power steering pump driveshaft when someone turned the steering wheel with the car stationary; the pressure limiting valve had been disabled so as to cope with the much oversize tyres. As well as Jaguars, Broadspeed prepared two Dolomite Sprints, which did better than the Jaguars, but also failed miserably. After the expenditure of several million pounds, the experiment was hastily canned. There was some talk of suing Broadspeed afterwards, but it fizzled out. I should have some photographs of the event somewhere, if I can find them, and will post them if I do. I bet very few people remember the fiasco now! How's that for a bit of Coventry history? Cheers
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Midland Red
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4 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 11:02am  
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Oh, the question was about the event ! I thought you were asking about the ticket Silly me ! Wink I take it the Jaguars and the Dolomites were Coventry-built?
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5 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 11:09am  
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Well, if you consider Browns Lane and Tile Hill to be Coventry Wink , that's where they originated; they were modified at Broadspeed at Southam.
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Midland Red
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6 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 11:16am  
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Thanks
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dutchman
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7 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 2:17pm  
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As a fan of the original Triumph 1300, I never liked the Dolomite and even less the so-called "Sprint" version. They were trying to turn an upmarket commuter's car into a performance vehicle which it was never designed to be. By that time Triumph's idea of producing a "new car" was to tinker with the engine specification and stick a badge with a dfferent name onto an existing bodyshell which ultimately led to the total demise of the marque.
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8 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 2:34pm  
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I had a Dolomite, and did like it, but the quality had gone. Quality control at Triumph seemed almost non-existent. Not only that, but the dealer line-up was awful. After a number of problems trying to get spares for the Dolomite, and witnessing a blazing row when someone was told that a top hose for his nearly new Jaguar Series II was no available as a spare, I decided to complain to JRT service about the service dept in Job's Lane. The person who answered said "You've come through on the internal phone - do you work for BL?" So I said yes, I was at Browns Lane. He then proceeded to tell me that they had so many complaints about Henlys Service that they had stopped logging them. So I asked why they were still BL main dealers. "They'd sell foreign competitors' cars." "Fine, let them mess up the competition then." To which he told me I shouldn't think like that. That was in 1977. And what happened to firstly the Job's Lane service centre, and later BL, eh? Triumph, like Alvis, Wolseley, Riley, later Daimler, didn't fit with BL internal politics and all the petty jealousies and rivalries in the organisation. And, of course, while all these people were busy with in-fighting, they couldn't see that the whole pack of cards was collapsing. On a slightly different slant, my wife and I spent an hour looking at all the info and photos on the GEC Telephone Works website this afternoon. We both worked there in the 1960s. A set of words came into both our minds. "Plot" "lost" "the" "someone" but not in that order. Demolition contractors must have made a mint out of it all. Sad
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9 of 22  Fri 9th Dec 2011 3:46pm  
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For your edification and delight, I have managed to find a photograph of the racing Jaguar driven by Derek Bell! It's not very sharp (partly because I had to photograph the slide) but here it is anyway. Note the enormous tyres. Enjoy! Big grin Cheers
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dreng21
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10 of 22  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 2:55pm  
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The Jaguar Coup├ęs went on to compete in the 1977 European Touring Car Championship and kept setting fastest laps and pole positions and did go back to Silverstone for the Tourist Trophy race where Andy Rouse finished 4th. Main problems were lack of a dry sump oil installation which did happen by Silverstone {I think} and the rear wheel hubs whose bearing journals were not large enough, this was solved by Jaguar's Experimental Dept. sourcing new EN24 forgings machined with larger bearing diameters and fillet rolled by MIRA. That resolved that problem. Leyland's lack of faith that the cars would do the business the following year and the appointment of a new Competitions Director ended the project. They were BIG cars!
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NeilsYard
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11 of 22  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 5:10pm  
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Love those Broadspeed Jags - there's one at Gaydon
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dougie
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12 of 22  Fri 19th May 2017 11:06am  
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This is a photo of the garage owner and friend that lived a few hundred yards from us, the garage is still there only under a different name Bob with his specially built lightweight E Type Jaguar. The car was built for the 1963 Le Mans 24 hour race. Top speed 190 mph. He was still racing in 1966, the year of the photo, at the age of 52.
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Earlsdon Kid
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13 of 22  Fri 19th May 2017 5:58pm  
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I thought this article would be of interest. Dave ran a Jaguar service shop while I was living in Queensland and the article would have been about 2000 (from memory) before he sold up and retired. Norman Dewis had signed the racing number as mentioned in the article. I was in the same class at King Henry VIII as Normans' son and visited the Dewis farm mainly as a support for the band rehearsals we held there. My grandfather worked very closely with Norman Dewis at the Jaguar factory for many years particularly in the development years of the XJ series and the E-type. Great times! Edited by member, 19th May 2017 8:07 pm
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dougie
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14 of 22  Tue 18th Jul 2017 10:17pm  
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Hi Earlsdon Kid. A follow up about the photo I uploaded of the E-Type Jaguar and Clive Unsworth. He also had a D-Type that was sold after his death. You may like to read this link - Clive's car is MWS303, number 16. This is from people that knew him and all his old cars (not me) Edited by member, 18th Jul 2017 10:28 pm
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mickw
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15 of 22  Wed 19th Jul 2017 9:58am  
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What a coincidence. I watched a programme called The World's Most Expensive Cars last week. They featured a Le Mans 24hour winning D type WWS 301, which sold at auction in America for $19,800,000 making it the most expensive British car sold at auction in America. Edited by member, 19th Jul 2017 10:07 am
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