Jaguars pounce on showcase at Beaulieu

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The record-setting string of “Simply” car shows continued this past weekend at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, where 474 Jaguars took part in the Simply Jaguar showcase.

The turnout for the fourth Simply Jaguar show beat the previous record by 59 vehicles, organizers said.

Jaguar MkII such as this dark green one were featured at Simply Jaguar

Among the cars featured this year was the Jaguar MkII, made famous by the Inspector Morse television detective series. This is the 60th anniversary of the MkII model.

The oldest cars on the grounds were 1936 and 1937 Jaguar SS sedans. 

“An equally impressive sight were examples of Jaguar’s stunning XK120, XK140 and XK150 post-war sports cars and impressive D-type replicas,” the organizers added.

“Other crowd favorites included the much-loved E-type and XJ-S, plus the modern-day XK and F-type.”

The People’s Choice Award went to a 1966 E-type roadster owned by Paul Baker of Oxford. The car was done in gunmetal with a blue convertible top. 

“I’ve done loads to it,” Baker said, “including a full respray, new roof and an engine rebuild. It’s a style icon and I always aspired to have one.” 

Runner-up for the People’s Choice honors were a 1956 Jaguar XK140 and a 2016 F-Type SVR.

Simply Jaguar was Beaulieu’s seventh Simply rally of the season, and all of them have drawn record attendance. Next up is Simply Japanese, scheduled for July 28.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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