It has been a while since I have had anything “post worthy” regarding my 1967 Etype 2+2. But now the big news is that she won First in Class at a recent concours. Details? I ‘m glad you asked.
I had originally planned to campaign this car in JCNA concour events, right after I finished my Restoration 2.0 in June of 2020. As with many things, Covid dashed those plans. So the old girl has been patiently waiting in the garage. I entered this car in our Carolina Jaguar Club JCNA sanctioned concour which took place in July 2021 at the Little Switzerland Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC. Our club has been hosting this concour for many years. The location is wonderful for a July event, as it is much cooler up at this beautiful mountaintop location.
Believe it or not, this was my first car to be entered into any car show event, concour or not. I guess I got off to a good start. It took First Place in its class. Of course, I would be remiss if I did not disclose that there were only 2 cars in my class, which was Series 1 Etypes in the Driven class. Whatever, I will take my accolades and be happy.
My score was 9.991 out of 10. My “raw score” was 999.10. The way JCNA does things (I’m not sure why) is that deductions can be as small as a 1/10th of a point, on a scale of 1000. I received 9/10ths in deductions. The raw score is then divided by 100. This is to differentiate from the Champion Division, where the raw score is divided by 10 and a perfect score is 100. Got it?
In the division I entered, Driven, the exterior and interior of the car is judged. The engine compartment and the “boot” are not inspected in Driven but are inspected in Champion. Although my engine compartment presents very well, there are a number of items in it that are not Authentic, mostly upgrades like my radiator, the radiator fan, the radiator hose clamps, and the all new hardware. A sharp eyed judge might even spot the modern 123 distributor and the gear reduction starter.
It was a fun weekend, marred only when a gust of wind rolled my car backward into another car, leaving a quarter size dent in his rear license plate surround. I was mortified. Steve, I am so sorry! Word to the wise, after the judges put you through the Operational Check, be sure and put your car back in gear!
Orginally, I had thought I would go to 3 JCNA concour events in order to receive enough scores to be considered for a national ranking. Again, with Covid, I have dialed back my plans. My current plan is to get this car ready for sale next month or so on Bring A Trailer. Stay tuned for that.
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