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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum — Some Pictures By Robert Gilbert of Wolfeboro, NH.

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by Anura Guruge


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>> 2002 Jaguar XJ8.
** 1989 V-12 XJS …
++ “Jaguar Diaries” …

++++ Search ‘Jaguar many other posts >>>>


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Robert Gilbert, born in Australia and the owner of a nifty Mini Cooper, is a friend from “Great Waters“. Like I he is a volunteer stagehand and his wife ushers along with Deanna and Devanee. Robert and I, as owners of British cars (and I won’t mention the other cars he loves and owns), often chat about cars. While doing the setup for the “Glenn Miller Orchestra” on Friday, he told me, when I asked him what he had been up to since I last saw him a week ago, that he had been to the “Simeone Auto Museum” in Philadelphia. He appeared to be a bit disappointed that I did not know about it. Later on in the evening I did realize that I had indeed heard about it — on an episode of “American Pickers” that we used to watch religiously until we got our Roku 3 and discovered the manifolds treats available via ‘Amazon Prime‘ such as “Downton Abbey” and “Mr. Selfridge“.

This morning Robert, who used to do mechanical instrumentation for nuclear plants and appears to be a gentleman of many talents, sent me a whole set of delightful pictures he had taken at ‘Simeone’. With his permission I am going to share some with YOU for your enjoyment and edification. Thank you, Robert. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

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I Get Parts For My Jaguars From “Jagbits” — Who Else?

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Bought shares in Tata.
>> 2002 Jaguar XJ8.
** 1989 V-12 XJS …
++ “Jaguar Diaries” …

++++ Search ‘Jaguar many other posts >>>>


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Click to access their magical, ‘Open Sesame’ Website. Treasure trove for Jaguar lovers.


I guess I have known about ‘Jagbits’ for some time now — even ahead of getting my first Jaguar, the burgundy red XJ8 from (eBay) “European-Cars“.

I had called them up when I was looking for XJ8s asking about parts for the moonroof because I had found a red XJ8L in Maine with an unretractable moonroof. ‘Gary’ was very helpful.

Then when I got an XJS, ‘Dewey’ the owner, a hardcore enthusiast who did a lot of the work on it himself, sent me a long e-mail with a list of repairs I should get done — money and time permitting. Against each one he had a link to the parts I would need. Each link went to Jagbits!

Last week I ordered the first two parts: a transmission mount kit and a subframe mount for the rear suspension. I was told just to get a bushing for the transmission. It was $17 at Jagbits. I have been around the block enough to know that that didn’t seem right. I called Jagbits. Got Gary again (and I have since learned that his full name is ‘Gary Ilcyn’.) I explained what I was looking for. He knew right away what I was talking about. He told me that they sold a kit with a spring and other stuff — all of which should be replaced if you were taking it all apart for the bushing. That made sense. They were offering free shipping of orders more than $125. So I went ahead and ordered the 2nd item on the e-mail. So I now got free shipping.

I had the parts, FedEx, within 2 days. Excellent service.

I am hooked. I don’t see a need to go anywhere else for my Jag bits. I am sold on Jagbits.

So this is a wholehearted ENDORSEMENT of Jagbits and Gary Ilcyn by a very committed Jag nut (who even owns shares in Tata Motors the owners of Jags).

SMILE. 


Jaguar V-12 XJS Coupe ‘HE’, 1985, British Racing Green, For Sale In Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — “$5K”.

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>> 2002 Jaguar XJ8.
** 1989 V-12 XJS …
++ “Jaguar Diaries” …

++++ Search ‘Jaguar many other posts >>>>





Deanna had seen it a couple of weeks ago and had told me that I should go check it out! Though she is NOT in favor of me getting anymore Jags she still is willing to let me look.

Devanee and I took a quick break from Friday’s ‘all-day’ “Blood, Sweat & Tears” setup, to go and have a quick look.

It is at 458 Center Street in Wolfeboro. The big “1810 House B&B and Antiques“. Ask for the son, Chris O’Brien. Chris normally lives in Pennsylvania. That explains the plates (and his phone number). Yes, you can call him on: 215-622-5841.

It is in good enough shape. I, of course, prefer the topless. But I am committed to helping Chris sell this. Word of caution. Chris does NOT have to sell it. So there will be a hard floor as to how far you can beat him down! SMILE.

P.S., the ‘HE’ stands for ‘high efficiency‘, i.e., better mileage. 


I Can’t Afford A New (Or Even Nearly New) Jaguar — So I Bought Shares In Tata Motors.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2002 Jaguar XJ8.
** 1989 V-12 XJS …
++ “Jaguar Diaries” …

++++ Search ‘Jaguar many other posts >>>>


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Click to access the Tata Web site.

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Click to ENLARGE. The cars and trucks — not including the Jaguars and Land Rovers — made by Tata.


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TTM page from ‘MarketWatch’. Click to ENLARGE and view here. Use this link to access MarketWatck: http://www.marketwatch.com

Indian Tata Motors have owned the Jaguar Land Rover brand since 2008.

So, given that I can’t afford a new Jaguar I decided that I would do the next best thing — buy a few shares in Tata Motors, the 17th largest ‘car’ company in the world with revenues of US $42 billion.

Having spent a lot of time in India I am no stranger to Tata. Plus the name, an offshoot from a former acronym, is one very familiar to Sinhalese, like I, from Sri Lanka. ‘Tata’, or ‘Tatta’, means father — not that dissimilar to the yiddish word.

So this is the same logic I used with Sony. I can’t afford the Sony A7 RII or the Sony RX10 II (which I really would like to own) — so I bought a few SNE shares, i.e., Sony stock in the U.S.

TTM is the U.S. ‘version’ (i.e., ADS — American Depository Stock) of the Tata shares. It, at around $30 – $32, is not that expensive — say to Apple, Amazon or NetFlix. It has taken a hit of late but that is true of most stock.

So, I now have some affinity with Jaguar — shareholder PLUS two old Jags.

That Jaguar brand is owned by an Indian company only bothers me some. India to me is still the British Raj. The largest country in our glorious British Commonwealth. So there is still British in it. It isn’t like if it was owned by a Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Kraut company. So I am OK with the Indian ownership SINCE the Jaguar Land Rover COMPANY is still in Britian. 


“Classic Car Show” Portsmouth, NH On Sunday, July 19, 2015 — Presented By “Brit Bits” In Rye.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> “Brit Bits” May 2015.
>> “Brit Bits” Dec. 2014.

++ “Jaguar Diaries” …
** MGB in April 2015 … …

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Click here to access “Brit Bits” Webpage for this event, inc. car entry form.


Well we actually have two cars that do qualify, the 1989 black V-12 XJS and the 1968 British Racing Green MGB. Though they are both in great shape and has it happened Devanee & I took them both out for a spin today, neither are in real show condition and I never plan to get them as such. To me the joy and point of having these cars is to drive them — as much as I can, and we do.

Plus this Summer I learnt something else about myself. I really have no interest taking my car to car shows. No it is not a case of sour grapes in that I do have two cars that would be admired by many at shows. It is just that having people look at my cars and having to answer questions about them doesn’t really turn me on. Yes, as ever, it also comes down to TIME. I would rather drive the cars than have them sitting around. So we haven’t gone to any shows though we could have gone to plenty. But I might enter the XJS in the Sandwich Fair parade. Will have to get Deanna to look into that.

Anywho. Thought you might want to know about this show. Enjoy.


“The Jaguar Diaries” Blog Slowly Starts To Get Content.

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“The Jaguar Diaries” — A New Website For The Two Cats.

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Related posts:
>> Shake-down
for the XJS.
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Burgundy 2002 red Jaguar XJ8.
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Black V12 XJS.
>> B-Boys
who take care of our Jags.
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Two ‘blackish’ V12 Cats in Alton.
>> 2 XJ8s by
“European Cars”.
>> New Jaguar XJ.

>> Jaguar Association, Andover, MA.

++++ Search ‘Jaguar many other posts >>>>


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Early days.
It was just set up today.
Bookmark it and go back.
Devanee wants to run it! This should be fun.
I will make sure that it will have (fun) content.