Raised on 1960's era Jaguar and Daimler cars, my affection for these stretches back to childhood.
Our daily transport back then was.a 1968 E-Type, and a 1969 Daimler Sovereign (420), so naturally, the sight, sound and smells made their way into the blood at an early age!
My first Jaguar was purchased in 1986 at the age of 19. I was originally looking for a 3.4 (or 3.8) Mk2, but after viewing a few rusty, welded, or far too expensive examples, I spotted this dark blue S-Type for sale in a field while at Beaulieu Jaguar Drivers meet (National Motor Museum in the UK). Wire wheels, manual/overdrive and a rorty sounding stainless exhaust...just the job, and considerably less costly than the equivalent Mk2! It was originally a Jaguar works car, hence the JWK number plate.
It crossed the Atlantic twice - to Florida in 1987, and then back to the UK in 1992, and it was the car that initially got me involved in woodwork restoration.
Fast forward a number of years, and I've since worked with many classic car restorers, main dealers and parts supply houses around the USA.
Collier Jaguar, Classic Rolls Royce Service, GRK Rolls Royce Interiors, XK's Unlimited, Paul's Jaguar Parts, Vantage Sports cars, Wirewheel.com, Classic Showcase, The Driven Man, Thoroughbred Motors & Coventry West ..to name but a few!
I was also undertaking some main dealer warranty work in 2001, when many new US-bound XJ8 and XK8 models were affected with defective (milky) wood finishes.
Our trio of Jaguars, September 1987.
My eldest daughter riding shotgun on a UPS run back in 1998
If there's anything wood related I can help you with, please don't hesitate to get in touch. This also applies if you are restoring the wood yourself, and need some advice--happy to help if I can.
I will be adding more detail to this page as time allows.
In the meantime, a very big "thank you" for your continued patronage over the years
Please have a safe & healthy holiday season, and a very
Happy New Year going into 2022.