Jag fans unite

Several people have already signed up for the new club. Pictured is David Ingram with his 1957 MK VIIM Jaguar, Murray McKie with his 1993 XJS Convertible Jaguar, Paul Corboy with his 1966 S Type Jaguar, and Heather Hieatt with her 2000 XKR Convertible Jaguar. Photo – Michael Jeans.

Jaguar owners, enthusiasts or fans of any kind are being invited to join a regional club being formed by Tamahere local, David Ingham.

It’s all about cars – not cats – but David says you don’t necessarily have to own a Jag to join the club.

“It’s more about the social side, the cars are the common denominator,” said David.

“You don’t have to have a Jag, perhaps you hope to have one someday, but if you’re interested you’re welcome to come along.

“Or if your Jag is broken down or being restored, you can still come along in your Toyota or whatever, we don’t care if you’re a member.”

The aim, as David explained, is to create a friendly community of Jag enthusiasts who meet for social gatherings.

“It’s dependant on what the club members want to do, it’s not driven by me, I’m starting up, we’re getting a committee going, but that’s really there to do what club members want.”

Club fees would be kept at a minimum, likely $50 a year, he said. “That would cover the general costs of gatherings, like providing the meat at a barbeque”.

“What we’re trying to do is incorporate the women in it, because a lot of them can become good friends,” said David. “It’s really like creating a community and the cars just become the common denominator.”

Already several people have signed up for the club, which is currently being named the “Waikato Jaguar Enthusiasts Club”.

An initial meeting is being organised for Sunday the 15th of October in Hamilton. David encourages anyone interested in coming along to get in contact with himself, on 021 109 8281 or email stewartventures@kinect.co.nz, or fellow club member Paul, on 027 478 2247 or email hawkeye@xtra.co.nz.

“The first meeting will be about, is there enough interest in this, in the Waikato, to start a club? Then we’ll be collecting names and contact details for anyone who’s keen to go ahead with it, and we’ll go from there,” said David.

“The main thing is this isn’t just a bloke’s club, it’s for the whole family, and we’d love to see people come along.”

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