London to Eastbourne Jaguar Run 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017  |  Curtis

 

The London to Eastbourne Jaguar Run 2017

Mid May saw us completing the annual London to Eastbourne Jaguar run in a friend's 1987 Jaguar XJ-SC.  The V12 engine effortlessly took us from the National Maritime Museum on the bank of the river Thames in London, through the rural highways and byways of the southern counties of Kent and East Sussex, finishing on the Western Lawns in Eastbourne, specially closed for the event.

Preparations had started the previous week when we collected the car from its winter slumber in deepest Essex.  The owner, Victoria, had the car waiting in the sunshine and despite its long hibernation, it was ready to stretch its legs.   After a gentle warm up, a fast run down the M11 motorway cleared the cobwebs.

Early morning showers on the day of the event meant the roof stayed up on the way to Greenwich, however, after signing in and a spot of breakfast, the sun came out as we waited for our start time.  Dexter, my navigator, ran his expert eye over the route book, and suddenly we were off.  My driving gloves of choice, our Silverwood full driving gloves, perfectly complementing the mulberry interior of this wonderful classic car.

The route book navigation required constant attention by the navigator, whilst I was able to simply enjoy the drive.  It obviously wasn't as easy as it looked as there were soon Jaguars travelling in every direction, but we made good time and were able to stop and take in the view at Beachy Head, high on chalk cliffs above Eastbourne, before descending to the Finish.

Around 200 Jaguars of all ages assembled on the Western Lawns, whilst traditional jazz band kept us entertained.  A great day out, enjoying English spring weather in a beautiful classic Jaguar...now we're ready for some more competitive events later in the year.