Introducing the owner
I thought I would add a little bit about myself just to give a little perspective to my Jaguar E-Type Web pages.
This is my second collectible Jaguar, my first was an amazing Jaguar XJ Coupe V12 which I restored over a twelve month period. You can see the details at my Jaguar XJC web site.
I had a serious accident in 1982 while racing Super Karts. I badly injured my back (spinal cord) which left me a paraplegic. Using a wheelchair for my mobility hasn’t slowed me down and over the years I have played top level wheelchair basketball, travelled Australia & overseas and built a career in senior management.
Getting a bit more mature, with no kids at home and a bit of money available I decided it was time to indulge in the classic cars that I had admired for years. I had been to the car shows, concourses and show and shines etc. and I had read all the relevant magazines from cover to cover since before I could drive.
Now was the time to take the plunge and buy a classic/collectible car that I could be proud of - not just everyday transport but a car to be admired and saved for future generations that would only come out of the garage on sunny weekends
I had trained as a Panel Beater in the 70’s but hadn’t worked in the trade for over 20 years. The skills were still there and I had the enthusiasm to do a minor restoration or repaint. The wheelchair does make it a bit more difficult to handle some of the large, heavy or awkward work but I could still handle most of it - although generally at a reduced pace
The final decision to undertake a restoration was made when a good friend put up his hand to help with the more difficult aspects of the work. Malcolm is a car and motorcycle enthusiast and he saw his involvement in this project as his way of “owning” a classic Jaguar restoration. He has completed a magnificent restoration of a 70’s Suzuki motorcycle and is currently restoring a Norton Comando. I must admit that without Malcolm’s help the Jag restoration would not have been possible.
First of all I purchased and restored a Jaguar XJC V12 and after gaining experience of Jaguars with this magnificent car I decided to take the plunge and obtain my long dreamed of car - an E-Type Jaguar.
So there you have a bit of background on me. I hope your visit to this site is informative and entertaining. Feel free to E-mail me with any comments, suggestions or questions.
Proud Jaguar E-Type owner & restorer