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Pictures of the Christmas meal are in the Events Reports section, plus a new entry in the Jaguars Worldwide section.

Posted Monday 21st November 2017

Wow, what a memorable evening we had last night, with Norman Dewis OBE giving us a wonderful talk made up of anecdotes from his most interesting life with a 51 year career in the British motor industry. He was with Jaguar for 33 years developing and testing new models, including XK140, XK150, 2.4, 3.4, Mark II, XJ saloons, and of course the iconic E-Type. Norman also raced alongside the likes of Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, and Fangio in the works 190 mph D-Type. Some members were dubious before the meeting not expecting a 97-year-old to be so extremely lively and animated.

Norman's talk ended with a Q&A session, and we asked what he put his longevity down to, in a word he replied 'Moderation' but admitted this did not include speed! He also agreed that his lifelong and enduring passion for Jaguars is a major factor. He told us about the terrible crash at Le Mans in the '50s, and how all three French judges exonerated Mike Hawthorn from any blame for the accident. Norman was in the pits when it happened waiting to take over one of the Jaguars. Norman was also asked what he might have done if he had not gone into Jaguar engineering, and we discovered his love of horses and he would have been a jockey - more speed of course!

Our thanks also go to Carl Gannon for arranging for Norman to come to the Area evening. The Dog & Bear Hotel function room was full to bursting, and they provided tasty sandwiches to finish the evening.

Our December meeting is our annual Christmas meal, and bookings for this is now closed.

We hope you have had a look at the history of our Kent Area 4 branch of the Jaguar Drivers' Club in the Club Archive and we are still looking to fill in the gaps of the history.

Our September meeting Monday 18th September was our annual Quiz night and our webmaster Pete taxed our brains with a most interesting quiz, and we had our Cheese and Wine evening in October, with plenty to eat and drink!

The JDC National Tour this year was in the Cotswolds, on Saturday 7th October. Our teams who entered enjoyed the tour of the outstanding area, but the prizes eluded them this year!

We are now looking forward to 2018 and are in the process of drafting our programme of events, so please forward us any ideas. 

Please send our webmaster any items you think would be good to be included on our site - it's our site so send in your news and photos.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or a member of the committee if you have any queries about the Kent Area or wish to book ibto any of our events. New members always most welcome - see Contact Us tab.

With best wishes

Liz Whitebread
Jaguar Drivers' Club
Kent Area 4

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