All-time high for Beaulieu Simply Jaguar 2018

Beaulieu’s latest Simply Jaguar event has smashed previous attendance records with more than 400 big cats on site. Here are the highlights

A new record has been set for the number of Jaguars gracing the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. No fewer than 415 classic examples purred through the entrance gates at this year’s Simply Jaguar on July 8, increasing the number of big cats at the event by 47 percent.

Participant numbers also ballooned by 35 percent, with 860 people visiting the Hampshire venue’s leafy surroundings on the day. Crowds were treated to baking heat and a wide array of revered and iconic vehicles from the Coventry marque’s heritage, including a 1949 3½ litre MkV and many examples of the classic XK120, XK140, XK150 and E-type, all the way through to the latest F-Pace SUV.

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An intricate replica of Jaguar’s racing C-type was a highlight for many enthusiasts. It took pride of place alongside first-class examples of the F-type, XK8 and XJ-S, together with numerous XJ saloons – a car that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The iconic Mk2 saloon and its Mk1 predecessor also joined the showcase, along with classic and modern-day comparisons of the S-type. Even the X-type was represented, splitting opinion between enthusiasts. Those who claim the design remains a veiled Ford Mondeo should remember that only seven percent of parts were shared with Ford’s family wagon.

Throughout the event, show-goers voted for their favourite car of the day in the People’s Choice Award. The winner was Jim Bradford with his 2014 Jaguar XF R-S Sportbrake.

In the four years that Jim has owned the Ultra Blue road-burner, he has lowered the suspension by 35mm, uprated the braking system and fitted a sports exhaust system. Russell Bowman, Beaulieu’s managing director, presented him with a commemorative trophy and Autoglym bodywork care kit.

Runners-up were Tom Moon’s 2005 S-type R and Malcolm Watson’s 1963 E-type Lightweight replica. The latter is based on the very car Peter Lindner employed on track, and has been completely restored by Malcolm.

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club was well represented by several of its area branches, with the club stands packed with members’ cars. Visitors browsed a selection of motoring-themed trade stands before enjoying all the features of the Beaulieu attraction, including the 1962 E-type and 1960 XK150 inside the National Motor Museum itself.

The rally continues Beaulieu’s season of Simply events, which has seen record car numbers at Simply Ford, Simply Porsche and Simply Land Rover, as well as a strong start for new event Simply Audi.

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