Jaguar Enthusiasts Club



July 2018


Early May, and 7 cars met at the Raemoir Garden Centre for morning coffee before setting off for our weekend away.  We were granted great sunny weather on the Saturday (and Sunday), so it was top down motoring as we made our way out to the coast road and down to Montrose, ahead of a leisurely lunch halt at the Brechin Garden Centre – see the theme here?

 Afterwards, we headed into Perthshire and our final destination; Ballathie House Hotel.  Enroute, we passed the world famous Meikleour Beech Hedge, which was planted in 1745 by Jean Mercer.  This stunning feature is on the main A93, near Meikleour and should be a must see for everyone.


At Ballathie we had reserved parking, much to the chagrin of a pair of Aston Martins and several Range Rovers and were quickly checked in by the very pleasant staff.  Coffee/tea and homemade shortbread was served in the drawing room whilst we checked out the answers to the passenger Quiz, won by Deidre Harrington.

 Dinner saw all 14 of us seated together at a large round table to enjoy a sumptuous 4-course menu, with coffee and tablet served in one of the other large drawing rooms.  A great weekend away and enjoyed by all.


This month, July, we hope to see as many of you as possible at our Jaguar Gathering at Drum Castle on the 29th July to help us raise money for our chosen charity



June 2018


Representatives from Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA), who are this year’s chosen charity for our big day at Drum Castle on 29th July, joined us at Kippie Lodge to give us some insight into the work and support they provide in Aberdeen City and the Shire.  In existence since 1950, MHA have a staff of 24 counsellors, admin and volunteers, who are now dealing with a staggering 30,000 appointments annually.  Children as young as 4 years to adults aged in their nineties clearly demonstrate that mental ill health can happen at any age.  Grampian Region JEC is proud to be able to dedicate all funds raised at this year’s Charity Day to this very worthy cause. 


The team who organise the Drum event work very hard to ensure that the day is successful and that we raise as much money as we can for the chosen charity, so make sure you put 29th July down in your diary and come along and give your support.  Additionally, if you would like to help out with organising of the event, either beforehand or on the day, or would like to donate goods (raffle prizes, bottles for the bottle stall, home bakes or toffee/tablet), please contact a committee member - details on the website (   80 cars took part last year and we are hoping for similar or better attendance in 2018.


An evening run followed by a meal is planned for Friday 22ndJune



May 2018


The Aberdeen MG Owners’ Club (AMGOC) invited us to join them for a presentation on 8th March given by Team Aberdeen University (TAU) Racing.  Each year some 60 undergraduates from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering design and build a single seat racing car and enter it into an international inter-university competition at Silverstone.  2017 was TAU’s best year so far, coming 4th overall, 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland.  Thanks to AMGOC for inviting us to this very interesting and informative evening and best wishes to TAU for continuing success in 2018.


On 23rd March two representatives from the Aberdeen branch of IAM RoadSmart gave a presentation at Kippie Lodge, where we learned of the history of this organisation from its inception in 1956 as The Institute of Advanced Motorists, and of the range of training courses its offers today under its new name IAM RoadSmart.  A quiz on new road signs had many of us scratching our heads, so copies of the Highway Code are now in short supply locally.

A (hopefully)  more Spring-like climate will see us taking to the road for the annual weekend away on 5/6th May; this year we are making a return visit to Ballathie House in beautiful Perthshire, with a pit stop (i.e. lunch) en route.

GRJEC’s participation in Banchory Rotary Club’s Vintage and Veteran Rally at Crathes on 27th May is being investigated.  Details will follow by email if we are to take part.



April 2018

 During February, a light-hearted Technical Evening hosted by our Vice Chairman Steve Cromar was enjoyed by 14 members and guests. Steve had prepared a series of 20 multi-choice questions, several of which could have multiple correct answers and thereby ensure there was some really good debate on the night.


Steve also brought along several exhibits – including a 6-cylinder 4.2 litre aluminium cylinder head, which made a great impression on the members and an even more lasting impression on the white linen tablecloth!   There was also an oil filter housing full of white “gunge”, symptomatic of the emulsified oil left after a blown cylinder head gasket, which turned out to be the correct answer.  Steve even had the offending cylinder head gasket to hand along with a brand new gasket, its packaging emblazoned with the words “DO NOT USE”.  Despite being brand new from a reputable supplier, the gasket was corroded at one corner and would have been a liability if fitted.


In recanting the story of the cylinder head refurbishment, Steve told the all too familiar tale of one stud – in the offending area of the leak – which sheared as it was being retorqued.  Several members concurred that this was a “fortunate” occurrence.  Had it sheared on the road and under load, they have a habit of piercing through the bonnet as they “let go”.


The quiz winner was Roger Sambrook, with Les Gomeche and David Eaton runners-up.  Well done to Steve for a very entertaining evening.



March 2018

Our full and varied programme of 2018 events continues in March with an invitation to join Aberdeen MG Owners Club at a presentation to be given by Team Aberdeen University on 8th March.  This event will provide attendees with a fascinating insight into the inter-university racing car design competition in which participants from international universities vie for a place at the finals at Silverstone.  A separate invitation was issued to all members for this event, so if you haven’t already booked, you may be too late.  (You’ve got to be quick to catch these limited edition ‘special offers’.)


As frost and snow cannot be completely ruled out by March, we have opted for a supper and presentation evening at the second event of the month on 23rd March.  Our adopted HQ, Kippie Lodge will be the venue – the topic is still to be decided as this goes to press, so check the website for more info.


Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) was unanimously chosen as the fund raising target for this year’s Annual Gathering at Drum on 29th July.  A local charity, MHA has been supporting Aberdeen City and Shire since it formed in 1950, making it one of the oldest charities providing help and counselling to adults, young people and children affected by mental health issues.  GRJEC are very proud to support this organisation and we look forward to learning more about their excellent work at a special presentation evening on Friday 13th April, again at Kippie Lodge.



February 2018

         The last event of 2017, our Christmas party, held at Kippie Lodge on 9th December, was well attended and a festive time was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Steve and Gladys for organising the evening, for taxing our brains with the national flags question sheet, and particularly for supplying the “scrummy” homemade tablet and fudge.

By the time this article is in print we will have had our planning meeting for 2018 and the year’s events should be available on our website, and a worthy candidate chosen to be the recipient of all funds generated from the 2018 Drum charity day, which this year will be on Sunday the 29th July. Please visit the website to view,

         In the meantime we look forward to a continued increase in new participants following the trend of 2017, so if you have been thinking about joining us, make 2018 the year you do it! What you will get is a mix of technical, social and charitable events with people who have a common interest/ enthusiasm in the Jaguar marque.

Our website carries the names and contact details of the committee, who will be very pleased to give you more information on the club. We look forward to welcoming you.



January 2018

         The AGM in November gave our chairman Jim Mann time to reflect on the year, which has seen another very successful charity day at Drum, and increased participation at all our events, giving a strong message of renewed spirit within the region. Jim expressed his thanks to all who helped make 2017 successful.

         The office bearers remain unchanged, but with two new roles, those of Vice Chairman and Drum Coordinator, created with Steve Cromar and Dean Sanders respectively filling the new posts. Along with our existing team of willing members assisting the committee, we should be in good shape to handle the events this year. That said new volunteers are always welcome!

         Despite the continuing exodus of people from the Grampian area due to sustained cutbacks in the oil industry, the Registrars’ report showed that membership numbers remain much the same, with new members replacing those who have left.

         Sadly, in November on of our club stalwarts Peter Street, passed away following a brief illness. Peter will be much missed at events and our thoughts go to his wife, Val and their family. We hope to see Val at future events.

         The planning meeting to agree the schedule will be held on the 26th January, though the Drum date of the 29th July is already confirmed so get it in your diary now.