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Joy of the Jag: With the wind in their hair as they go past a Mackenzie Country canal, Queenstown couple Revell and Vicky Buckham enjoy a spin in their rare 1959 XK150 Jaguar during a classic car rally earlier this year. PICTURE: MICHAEL THOMAS

With Jaguar celebrating its 100-year origins this year, PHILIP CHANDLER peers under the bonnets of another four Queenstown Jags, and also discovers a local with a special family connection to the famous British marque

XK150 1959

Revell Buckham, pictured with his son Kieran, found this XK150 3.4 with drop head coupe four years ago with the help of local European car enthusiast Jeff Williams.
It was completely restored about 20 years ago and, under its previous owners, won first place, for its elegance, at a New Zealand Jaguar rally.
Buckham, who’s admired Jags since coming across an E-Type in the early ’60s, says ‘‘to many enthusiasts, Jaguars epitomise the raw romanticism of British motoring history’’.
He notes his wife Vicky drives the XK150 even more than he does, ‘‘and she also looks a lot better in it’’.
‘‘They’re fun to drive — it’s nice to drive a manual, for a change, in today’s world.’’
He’s thankful for its power steering and that it doesn’t leak oil, which he says is ‘‘arguably exceptional’’.

XK150 1960

King Allen bought this 3.8-litre sports car, one of the last 150s, with an E-Type motor, two years ago.
‘‘This one’s a very nice shape,’’ he says.
Most have been ‘‘dollied up’’, but this one’s largely original, he notes, including an original sun roof — ‘‘I’ve never seen one in a car this age’’.
Though a two-seater, there are ‘‘a couple of dinky seats for little dogs’’, he says.
Allen’s owned Jags for about 40 years — they’re ‘‘a sexy-looking car’’, and ‘‘go really well’’.
‘‘I collect old ones and I drive new ones on the road.’’
He currently also owns two Mark 2s from the ’60s.
He only takes out his XK150 for a burst ‘‘occasionally’’, he says.

E-Type 1965

In the ’70s, Murray Cockburn badgered his dentist in Oamaru, where he then lived, to buy his E-Type should he wish to sell it.
About three years later, his dentist rang him in Fiji and offered it to him for $20,000.
‘‘I said, ‘I’m sorry, I just don’t have the money’ — he said, ‘just pay me back when you’ve got some’.
‘‘You need a few lucky breaks in life, don’t you?’’
A keen racing driver, Cockburn says he was attracted to Jags due to their racing pedigree — he’s driven his E-Type at 150 miles an hour (241kmh),
but says ‘‘it leaps around a bit at that speed’’.
He also owned a 1965 four-door Mark 2, which he regrets selling, but also has a 2014 Jaguar XF.

E-Type 1973

When living in Auckland about 12 years ago, David Eadie bought this Series 3 E-Type, sight unseen, from Christchurch, as a present for his wife.
‘‘The kids came around, we put a big bow around it — I got a lot of good points from that.’’
Eadie says he likes its wider wheel track compared to earlier models.
‘‘From side on, the older E-Types look better, from the front quarter, these I think look better, but these are the least desirable E-Type.’’
This one’s also cost him a bomb.
After surprising his wife, Eadie says next morning he’d planned to take it to a local cafe to show it off.
‘‘I open the garage and there’s a great big pool of red oil under the car — my introduction to owning a Jaguar.’’
Undeterred, he also bought open and hardtop XK140s, from ’55 and ’57, from a deceased estate in Alexandra — both are out of town having work
done on them.

Family connection

Queenstown link: Fraser Callum wiht a photo of his dad, former Jaguar Cars design director Ian Callum, from a book on classic Kiwi Jags

One Queenstowner in particular has a special link to Jaguars, even though he doesn’t own one.

Fraser Callum, who’s lived in the resort for about six years, is the son of Scottish-born British car designer Ian Callum, CBE, who was design director for Jaguar Cars for 20 years from 1999.

Callum senior’s written the foreword for Richard Waugh’s new book, Classic Jaguars in NZ, which profiles 40 Kiwi Jags.

Fraser says he’s been in and around his dad’s career a lot, and when he was involved in TV production, filmed him building the C-X16 concept car.

Fraser, who originally worked in adventure tourism in Queenstown before switching to software development, says it’ll be a while before he can afford a Jag, but meantime he’s hoping to bring his 2000 Mini Classic Cooper out from England.

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