Introducing the owner
I thought I would add a bit about myself just to give a little perspective to my Jaguar XKR web pages.
This was my third collectible Jaguar, my first was an amazing 1976 Jaguar XJC V12 Coupe (view details at my Jaguar XJC web site) and my second Jag was a beautiful 1972 E-Type V12 Coupe (see details on my E-Type web site).
I had a serious accident in 1982 while racing Super Karts. I badly injured my back (spinal cord) which left me a paraplegic. I believe that using a wheelchair for my mobility hasn't slowed me down and over the years I have played top level wheelchair basketball, traveled Australia & overseas and built a successful career in senior management.
Being a bit more mature, with no kids at home and a bit of spare cash burning a hole in my pocket I decided it was time to indulge in the classic cars that I had admired for years. I had been to the car shows, concourses and show & shines and I had read all the relevant magazines from cover to cover since before I could drive.
It was time to follow my passion for classic/collectible cars. Something that I could be proud of - not just everyday transport but a car to be admired and saved for future generations that would only come out of the garage on sunny weekends
First off I went down the restoration path. I qualified as a Panel Beater in the 70’s but hadn't worked in the trade for over 25 years. The skills were still there and I had the enthusiasm for a minor restoration or repaint. Working from the wheelchair did make it a bit more difficult to handle some of the large, heavy or awkward items but I could still handle most of it - although generally at a reduced pace.
The final decision to undertake a restoration was made when a good friend put up his hand to help with the more difficult aspects of the work. Malcolm is a car and motorcycle enthusiast and has restored a 1970’s Suzuki 500 motorcycle and is currently restoring a Mk2 Jaguar. I must admit that without Malcolm’s help the E-Type and XJC Jaguar restorations would not have been possible.
First of all I purchased and restored the Jaguar XJC V12 and after gaining experience of Jaguars with this magnificent vehicle I decided to take the plunge and obtain my long dreamed of car - an E-Type Jaguar. After restoring and driving the E-Type for five years I sold it and changed direction with my hobby car and that's why my garage then contained the modern Jaguar XKR that is the subject of this web site.
It was time to move from an older classic into a more modern supercar with all the power and refinement that a modern Jaguar can provide. In time I am sure that the XKR will become a true classic in its own right -just like the gorgeous E-Type classic of the 60’s and 70’s.
So there you have a bit of background on me. I hope your visit to this site is informative and entertaining. Feel free to E-mail me with any comments, suggestions or questions.
Proud previous owner of a Jaguar XKR