Simply Jaguar event rolls into Beaulieu


The inaugural Simply Jaguar event has been hailed a success, after 319 models from throughout the ages attended last Sunday's show.

Held in the ground of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the show followed in the footsteps of other 'Simply' events, which include Simply Ford, held the weekend previously, and Simply Aston Martin, which took place last month.

Enthusiasts of the prestigious British marque were treated to an extremely varied model line-up. Legendary post-war XK models, such as the XK120, XK140 and XK150 lined up alongside their modern counterparts, the XK8 and XKR.

Meanwhile, the latest F-Type provided a stark contrast to the classic E-Type, the latter of which proved to be extra popular with the crowds of show visitors.

Club stands made up a big part of the show, with the Dorset, West Sussex and Isle of Wight branches of the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club hosting displays of their members' cars, while the Jag-lovers enthusiasts' group also featured.

Simply Jaguar event rolls into Beaulieu

Simply Jaguar event rolls into Beaulieu

Some attendees took the opportunity to pass on the Jag bug, with a number of scale models on sale, while one owner advertised his immaculately restored 1966 Series 1 E-Type roadster, receiving offers in the region of £80,000.

As with the other 'Simply' events, visitors to the show were invited to vote for their favourite car, the honour of which was awarded to Steve Varden's supercharged XKR-S, for which he was presented with a Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize.

Commenting on his heavily personalised model, the Wolverhampton resident said: "I just like to tweak it and make it different. I've changed the supercharger pulley, the exhaust and the air intake, and it has been lowered and all chrome removed."