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A Mark 2 Jaguar in Adelaide's Bay to Birdwood Event


The Jaguar motor car was for many years seen as the exclusive domain of Tory cabinet ministers, captains of commerce, and dashing detectives in iconic English police shows.

The venerable Inspector Morse played by actor John Thaw popularised the Jaguar image, while Arthur Daley in the long running series Minder brought a seedy sort of glamour to the marque.

These days when I think of people who drive Jaguar cars in Adelaide, an image of a sprightly white haired gentleman with a military moustache springs to mind. I may be totally wrong though.

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Inspector Morse and his Jaguar Car (Image Courtesy Granada Media International)


On Sunday October 16 you will have a chance to make up your own mind about Jaguar cars (and their owners). It's the annual Jaguar Car Day, a free event organised by the Jaguar Drivers Club. Held at Elder Park in Adelaide, the car meet will also allow you to vote in the People's Choice Awards for your favourite marque.

Around 130 Jaguar and Daimler car owners will be proudly driving their sleek purring beasts to the car meet to display to the public. This free event is not limited to Jaguar Drivers Club members - anyone with a Jaguar or Daimler is welcome to exhibit their car. There is a charity component too - anyone exhibiting their car is invited to fill their boot with non-perishable food items to be handed over to the Salvation Army for distribution to people in need.

All visitors are invited to vote in the People's Choice Awards, with three separate prize draws during the day. I'll be keeping a careful eye open for any magic old Jaguar E Type that I see, but if you're inclined to something modern then perhaps the Jaguar F Type will be more your thing.

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Jaguar E Type (Image: Wikipedia)


If you're looking for Jaguar regalia there will be a chance to buy these, so there's absolutely no need to surreptitiously souvenir any hood ornaments from the Jaguar cars on display - Jaguar parts are expensive to replace! In fact in the 1980's a friend actually acquired a fleet of three Jaguars to save money on the cost of Jaguar parts. Sadly the strategy failed because the local council kept towing them away.

The Annual Jaguar Car Day gives you a splendid opportunity to get up close and see some fine examples of this sleek breed at the car meet. Jaguar cars have long had a close association with racing on many tracks around the world, from Le Mans to Bathurst and beyond. Unfortunately when my friend tried to emulate their racing prowess in a beachside suburb during the 80's, it only resulted in his car being wedged between a stobie pole and someone's front fence. Just as well he drives a Holden now.

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Jaguar Car Meet 2013 (Image: Jaguar Drivers Club)


After drooling at all this high powered machinery you will probably be in need of some sustenance, and the Jaguar Drivers Club has organised a barbeque by a local community group. Ladies may well prefer to indulge in a little Strawberries & Cream, and the Twisted Barista Coffee van will be able to administer any coffee addicts. Just don't forget to vote in the People's Choice Awards while you're taking some time out.

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1939 Jaguar Cars (Image: Wikipedia)


In case of wet weather the event will move to the Torrens Parade Ground nearby, which is also available for free parking for Annual Jaguar Car Day visitors.

For all the latest updates on the Jaguar Car Day, take a cruise over to the Jaguar Drivers Club website - you won't even need your mahogany drinks tray or the map light. See you at the Jaguar car meet near the Jaguar E Type display?
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Why? Satisfy your inner beast at the Annual Jaguar Car Day
When: 11am - 3pm
Phone: 0402 670654
Where: Elder Park
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Who would steal a jag emblem?
by koj77 (score: 2|151) 1105 days ago
My Jaguar E type in British racing green was a favourite in my Matchbox car collection. Sounds a fun event!
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3748) 1088 days ago
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