Posted 08 November 2006 - 14:30
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 17:53
Originally posted by David McKinney
My question was going to be, do you mean the Grant Williams Jaguar 'BUY1' or the Coombs Jaguar 'BUY1'?
Sorry for not being clear: I did mean the Williams car, not the original Coombs one. Actually, I was not aware that they only had the registration number in common (which is what your question implies).
Posted 09 November 2006 - 03:19
Just thought you might like to hear that....
Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:52
The problem with the Mk1 and Mk2 Jaguars was firstly they quickly became obsolete post 1962 in saloon car racing terms and secondly like all period Jaguars they turned to ferrous oxide at the first hint of rain. Some of course raced on but the majority disappeared within a few years.
Without checking there must have been two or three Endeavour cars (Parkes, Sears, G. Baillie?) and I think two Coombs Mk2s (Hill and Salvadori), certainly when I attended Goodwood, Brands etc., in 1961/2 and there were always 4 or 5 cars contesting the lead.
I suspect that most of these cars were either written off or rusted away. Perhaps one could start with checking the registration numbers to see if any are still in use or John Coombs and Tommy Sopwith might know of their fate in period.
On a slightly different tack BUY 1 was also used on the original Coombs E type in 1961 for those not aware of ancient history. Meanwhile I would like to know what happened to these Mk1 and Mk2 racers but am too committed just now to pursue it. I'm sure that someone much better informed on this forum will have the answers.
Posted 09 November 2006 - 10:05
Originally posted by Sharman
I spent a considerable length of time in the 80s trying to trace the MK 1 And Mk 2 Jgags, the Works cars, the Coombs Cars, Equipe Endeavour etc and never came within a mile of any of them. The only car which did crop up under somewhat peculiar circumstances was a Mk 1 reputed to have been the ex Hawthorn car. That was sold by Gerry Marshall to Pete Hall in about 1985 or whenever Gerry got divorced. I suspect that this was because when their racing career was over they were converted back to 2.4s and put on the forecourt as "1 careful lady owner" or "only raced at weekends"
Ex-Hawthorn car??? I tought this car was cut into pieces and scrapped. The engine was sold to Peter Lindner in Germany (poor Mike... his engine in Germany... don't think he would have loved the idea!)
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