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JAGUAR XK8/XKR ENTHUSIASTS CLUB (XKEC)
"A club that not only embraces and celebrates the XK model from its original evolution in 1996 to the present day but one that now also focuses on its overall preservation"
Our aim is to bring together an international community of owners and enthusiasts of the XK (X100 and X150 models) produced by Jaguar between 1996 to 2014. We are proud to acknowledge that our international membership is currently represented across 16 countries and is now the largest single model club of its kind that is dedicated solely to these particular Jaguar models. Read more...
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WHY JOIN THE XKEC...?
"There are many reasons as to why you should join the XKEC. Now in our 11th Anniversary year there are lots of benefits to be gained whether you are an existing owner, a prospective owner or even just an XK enthusiast. Simply CLICK HERE to see all that we have on offer to make your membership stay one that you will very much enjoy and be proud of."
Mark Gregory (CLUB CHAIRMAN)
SEPTEMBER 2014 E-NEWSLETTER AND DIGITAL MAGAZINE OUT NOW
The XKEC's September 2014 edition of the monthly E-Newsletter (kindly sponsored by Sturgess Jaguar of Leicester) and our September 2014 GROWLER digital magazine (now produced in association with our sister club, the F-TYPE Enthusiasts Club) has been emailed out to all FULL MEMBERS. As usual they both contain all the very latest club news and information. Enjoy!
LATEST CLUB EVENTS
XKEC ATTENDS RACING MEET AT OULTON PARK
Over the weekend of 23rd - 25th August 2014 some members of the XKEC North West region attended the OULTON PARK GOLD CUP which celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Gold Cup.
XKEC ATTENDS PRESCOTT HILL BREAKFAST CLUB MEET
On 24th August 2014 Regional Officer Pete Simpson gathered together some members to enjoy a breakfast meet at Prescott, home of the Bugatti's Owners Club.
TWENTY SEVEN XK's INVADE THE ISLE OF WIGHT
On Saturday 9th August 2014 twenty seven XKs convoyed from our Beaulieu Summer, Show & Shine event for a few days away on the Isle of Wight. Based at Shanklin members were treated to visits to Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and the IOW Pearl (certainly one for the ladies). Members enjoyed a wonderful weekend away and one we will do again in the very near future.
XKEC OUT IN FORCE AT BEAULIEU (CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW VIDEO)
On Saturday 9th August 2014 eighty XKs came along and joined us at our 3rd annual Summer, Show & Shine event at Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire. Lovely weather and a beautiful array of cars certainly made this a day to remember.
XKEC CELEBRATES AROUND SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT (CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW VIDEO)
As usual the XKEC brought along a large variation display to the 2014 Silverstone Classic weekend event that took place over 25th-27th July. Located in our usual superb spot of Copse Corner our members were then treated to a parade lap around the circuit to celebrate our clubs anniversary on the Saturday evening. Nearly 70 XKs took part in the parade.
XKEC MEMBERS TOUR NORTHERN FRANCE
Fourteen members XKs were brought together by member and Regional Officer Ken May for a tour of Northern France between 14th-20th June 2014. Members visited Normandy, Le Touquet and Treport. They were also invited to display the cars in front of the town hall in Honfleur.
XKECs "GROWLER XI" EVENT ATTRACTS 180 XK's ON DISPLAY AT COUGHTON COURT
Click on either of the two smaller images below to see video footage of GROWLER XI. The one on the left shows Saturday 17th May at Coughton Court, the one on the right shows Sunday 18th May at Althorp House. Enjoy...
On Saturday 17th May 2014 the XKEC gathered together some 180 XKs at Coughton Court in Warwickshire to celebrate the XKEC's annual GROWLER national event.With cars attending from as far afield as Holland, the beautiful blue skys and bright sunshine certainly added to the overall occassion. Here are some images of the event.Thank you to everyone who attended.
Above: Our GROWLER XI Trophy Winners.
GENERAL CLUB NEWS
XKEC FORUM SURPASSES A QUARTER OF A MILLION POSTS
In August 2014 the XKEC members-only chat forum surpassed 234,000 messages allowing it to become the largest and probably most informative forum there is that specifically relates to all Jaguar X100 / X150 models produced between 1996 to the present day.
With nearly 30,000 topics now being discussed by nearly 700 subscribers it has not only helped many members out with problems, parts and advice but it has also brought about many new friendships.
Why not join now and gain access to all the "XK" information you'll ever need. Click HERE for further details.
XKEC NUMBER PLATE SURROUNDS - AVAILABLE NOW!
A stylish chrome surround elegantly finished with the XKEC logo. Designed to fit around regular shaped plates. Fitted easily in minutes. Price: £25.00. Now available through ADAMESH (Tel: 01525 852419)
NEWS FROM AROUND THE XK WORLD IN 2014
July 2014 : THE JAGUAR XK - THE FINAL FAREWELL (1996-2014)
On the 24th July 2014, the very last X150 was built and was handed over to its new custodian - Jaguar Heritage. The penultimate XK was a Polaris White naturally aspirated coupé that will be the last customer car – this was handed over by Castle Bromwich Operations Director Nicolas Guibert to Roger Carroll, Dealer Principal of Rybrook Jaguar in Chester who was receiving the car on behalf of his customer. The final car was an Italian Racing Red XKR coupé which was presented by Nicolas to Mike Beasley,Jaguar’s former Managing Director and now Vice Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. In line with tradition, the car is being gifted by JLR to the Trust and will form part of the collection; a special registration number has already been allocated for this – JH14 XKR.
This was indeed a sad day for all XK owners and enthusiasts but we sincerely hope its not the last we've seen of the XK design.
June 2014 : JAGUAR'S "FINAL FIFTY LIMITED EDITION " DESIGN
Jaguar will wrap up their final 50 limited edition XK models this summer with a farewell XK branded as the "Final Fifty Limited Edition" cars. All will be sent abroad to the US market. They will carry the same specification as the current XKR model but with some added features that celebrate the history of Jaguar and the evolution of the brand's grand tourer image.
The car will come in Ultimate Black and will feature special trims both inside and out. A custom louvered hood will take attributes from the classic E-type, and the interior will be decked out in diamond sewn stitch pattern leather with suedecloth on the steering wheel. The XK will also have a unique badge sitting on the centre console and treadplates.
April 2014 : JAGUAR XK WINS ‘BEST PERFORMANCE CAR’ TITLE
On 23rd April 2014 the Jaguar XK picked up an award for best performance car at the Driver Power ceremony in Buckinghamshire after it was highly rated in the nation’s biggest motoring customer satisfaction survey.
The XK achieved superb ratings in a number of critical categories. It was rated highly for build and ride quality, won plaudits for ease of driving, and was commended for its handling characteristics.
March 2014: SAD NEWS AS JAGUAR ANNOUNCES THE XK IS TO BE DISCONTINUED
After nearly 19 years of being on sale, Jaguar has sadly announced that the production of the Jaguar XK will shut down in Summer 2014 to make way for some new Jaguar models. In their announcement, Jaguar called this decision part of a “wider strategic vision and product planning cycle”. The main reason has obviously been reflected by the introduction of the F-Type Roadster and Coupe, which are now displayed in showrooms across the world.
January 2014: JAGUAR ANNOUNCES NEW XK SPECIAL EDITIONS FOR UK MARKET
Jaguar have released two special edition 2015 XK models which will be available in exclusive Signature and Dynamic R specifications.
The luxury focused XK Signature model has a 385PS 5.0-litre V8 engine and is fitted with a host of additional features including standard 20” Kalimnos wheels (20" Takoba wheels as an option) and Reverse Park Camera. The interior features luxury seats available in Ivory or Charcoal soft grain leather and Canvas Suedecloth headlining, Figured Ebony veneers and Bright Metal sport pedals.
The performance focused 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged XK Dynamic R offers Black Dynamic Pack, which incorporates XKR-S suspension and dynamics and a 10mm reduction in ride height, plus Speed Pack, which equips the car with an Aerodynamic Pack and an increased top speed of 174mph. A Performance Active Exhaust is also standard equipment. The interior boasts Jaguar’s new diamond sewn Performance seat in either Ivory/Charcoal soft grain leather with Ivory contrast stitch or Charcoal/Red soft grain leather with Red contrast stitch leather and the Jet Suedecloth headliner is complemented with Piano Black veneers. Bright Metal sport pedals are also fitted as standard. The car has 20” Vortex diamond turned wheels with distinctive Red painted brake calipers and 20” Vulcan Gloss Black lightweight alloys as an option.
Both editions are available with a choice of exterior body colours including Polaris White, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Italian Racing Red, Dark Sapphire and British Racing Green.