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15 Aug 2011
If you think that the XJS ( see post below) is ugly take a look at the Marcos Mantis-- seen at St Saturnin ,Le Mans .It's difficult to comprehend but someone must have designed this,others must have thought it worth building and someone still loves it.
Back to the XJS post below friend Roger ,Jaguar expert extraordinaire,reminds me that Malcolm Sayer , who styled the XJS ,also styled the beautiful D-type and E-type Jaguars.I guess we all have bad days.
12 Aug 2011
I caught up with an old friend yesterday who has this 1987 ,97000 km Jaguar XJS . It is pristine .Probably better than when it left the factory but it feels preserved not restored. An absolute time warp .
The XJS has never been a car I have liked - I find the styling clumsy -the packaging is very poor -- the engine bay is a mechanic's nightmare -- and it was beset with quality and reliability problems- and it was such a let down after the absolutely stunning E-type.Nonetheless now I can appreciate the silky smooth V12 engine and the peculiar English charm of the car .The fact that this particular XJS cost about 30% of what an equivalent age/condition Porsche 911 would cost says that the market agrees with me .
I drove up the 155 kms to see him in my 1977 2.7 911 which I'd take anyday over three XJS's but each to his own.I may have roared up there and back but I still prefer that to wafting along.
9 Aug 2011
I went to L'Art de L'Automobile exhibition in Paris at the Museum of Decorative Arts ( a wing of the Louvre ) whilst in Paris in June . It is a display of Ralph Lauren's personal car collection -or part of it . And what a collection it is.Amazing cars- beautifully displayed . And whilst I enjoyed it I would have prefered to see them at the Goodwood Revival or the Le Mans Classic -- on the road or track . Fat chance .
The exhibition runs until 28th August -see http://www.ralphlaurencarcollection.com/
I have put some of the photos I took in Paris on the trip into a book -- see http://www.blurb.com/books/2340713
7 Aug 2011
Classic British cars have a surprisingly strong following in France .The French are also dog mad so the correct accessory for a French Morgan has to be an Old English Sheepdog or a Border Collie but given the space limitations in a Morgan un chien ecosse -a scotty dog - is a pretty good substitute.
French Morgan Owners club display St Saturnin Great British Welcome Party, Le Mans .
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3 Aug 2011
Opposite the War/Aviation Museum in Brussels ( see previous post ) is Autoworld -- a large motor museum featuring some interesting stuff including this very weird Bugatti . Apart from being pig ugly it looks so fragile that I doubt if it could actually be driven on the road for any distance. What a waste of a Bugatti chassis .