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Summer Jaguar Festival revels in Yorkshire sunshine

21 September 2022

What an amazing time the Peter James Insurance team all had at this year’s Summer Jaguar Festival! The sun shone, the Jaguars just kept coming and the happy faces of Jaguar fans enjoying the displays and entertainment on offer could be seen everywhere you turned.

Held at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire on the 14th of August 2022, the Summer Jaguar Festival was hosted by our club partners The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and celebrated every era of the Jaguar marque and in particular this year, the centenary of Swallow Sidecars – the origins of Jaguar.

As the cars started to file in on Sunday morning and the atmosphere built, it was clear that this was a Jaguar show like no other, with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club focused on giving their members and attendees the very best show experience possible.

Summer Jag Festival - Newby Hall
A big screen TV brought interviews and action from across the show to a central point, this year’s star interview was with Michael Quinn, grandson of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons who started it all in Blackpool 100 years ago.

Michael gave us an incredible insight into the life and times of the man that created the cars we love. Michael also touched on his mother’s incredible career rallying in ‘NUB120’, a Jaguar XK120 that was incredibly successful driven by Ian Appleyard in the Alpine rallies of the 1950s.

Summer Jag Festival - Interview with Michael Quinn
Then, it was time to celebrate 100 years of Jaguar with a Moving Motor Show parade starting from the very earliest Austin Swallow, through several SS Cars models, including one amazing SS1 that had been in owner Michael Jewell’s family for nearly 90 years! A last-minute addition also included a SS 1 ½ litre, one of the last of the Ash-framed cars.

Motor Show Parade - Austin Swallow
We moved through into the 1950s and Jaguar’s racing success including the prototype D-type from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, through the 1960s with the E-type and Mark 2 ending the decade with the first of the XJ6s. It was just not any XJ6 of course, but Sir William Lyons’ personal car, driven by none other than his grandson Michael Quinn.

Summer Jag Festival - Prototype D-type from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
The models came thick and fast including an amazing XJ40 Police car still in full livery and equipment as it had when on duty with Staffordshire Police in period. The star of the show, however, was the 1984 European Touring Car Championship winning XJ-S. This car never fails to raise goosebumps when that TWR prepared V12 barks into life. It was like a monster emerging from the trees when it burst onto the Moving Motor show tarmac and the crowds lining the track cheered and clapped in appreciation.

Jaguar racecar featuring in the parade
Elsewhere, Jaguar fans could enjoy the blazing sunshine whilst browsing the stalls provided by the many specialist traders on site and wander the fantastic array of Jaguars on display. When the Jaguar action got all too much, many made use of the house and its facilities to enjoy the tours and gardens on offer, plus the Lifestyle Marquee that offered food, fashion, crafts and more.

The Peter James team were on hand to assist with any insurance queries that visitors and Jaguar owners had on the day. It was truly fantastic to meet so many avid Jaguar fans in these wonderful surroundings and the variety of vehicles on display was second to none, as was the incredible weather.

We’re already looking forward to the next one!

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